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How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door
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How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

In a competition, robots were unable to overcome the challenge of an unlocked door impeding their way at an outdoor obstacle course, illustrating the technology's...

U.S. Should Invest More in Global Quantum Race, Researchers Tell Congressional Committee
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U.S. Should Invest More in Global Quantum Race, Researchers Tell Congressional Committee

Researchers told the U.S. House Science Committee that more federal funding is required to train specialists and advance real-world quantum computing applications...

Companies Are Once Again Storing Data on Tape, Just In Case
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Companies Are Once Again Storing Data on Tape, Just In Case

Companies are returning to tape as a medium for storing data as hackers get smarter about penetrating defenses.

Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science
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Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science

U.S. colleges and universities are aggressively courting more women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain
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As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain

A new report suggests women may be more inclined to drop out of certain STEM fields when they get low grades in stereotypically male disciplines..

Inside the Equifax Hack
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Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing
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This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on...

How Do You Fix a School-Bus Problem? Call MIT
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How Do You Fix a School-Bus Problem? Call MIT

A team of researchers has developed an algorithm to plot more efficient public-school bus routes.

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers
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At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce...

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat
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Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says.

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women
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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student...

Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot
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Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Chinese researchers have developed a flexible, remote-controlled robotic ray that can swim through water nearly twice as fast as previous robo-swimmers without...

Can Tech Speed Up Emergency Room Care?
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Can Tech Speed Up Emergency Room Care?

The next frontier in digital health may be one of the most unlikely: the emergency room.

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law
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How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law

Microprocessors got smaller, faster, and more power-efficient, but as they reach their physical limitations, chip architecture is driving performance gains.

Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?
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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.

Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access
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Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access

Volunteers are working to archive public databases hosted by U.S. government agencies because they are worried access to the data could be cut off by the Trump...

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter
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States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter

To prepare for the day when self-driving cars will travel on technology-aided roads, U.S. state transit planners aim to outfit those roadways with fiber optics,...

IARPA to Develop Early-Warning System for Cyberattacks
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IARPA to Develop Early-Warning System for Cyberattacks

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched a multi-year initiative to create technologies that could provide early warning of cyberattacks...

Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks
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Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

Attackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the...

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves
From ACM Opinion

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?
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