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The U.S. Cities Where Robots Impact Jobs Most
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The U.S. Cities Where Robots Impact Jobs Most

Midwestern states saw the sharpest growth in robots used in the workplace from 2009 to 2017, according to a new report.

Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Help Scientists Record Thunderquakes
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Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Help Scientists Record Thunderquakes

Researchers have found that underground fiber-optic cables can be used to track thunderstorms.

Testing Tech Ideas in Public? San Francisco Says: Get a Permit
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Testing Tech Ideas in Public? San Francisco Says: Get a Permit

The city of San Francisco, CA, will require businesses to obtain a permit before testing their high-tech ideas on the city’s streets.

2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age
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2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age

ACM has recognized 58 members by naming them 2019 ACM Fellows for their contributions to areas that underpin the defining technologies of the digital age. 

Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions
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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions

The AI Now Institute at New York University is urging a ban on the use of artificial intelligence that automatically analyzes facial expressions to influence hiring...

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves
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Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves

Researchers have demonstrated how to teach a PR2 robot to perform simple repairs on itself by tightening its own screws. 

Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering
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Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering

Researchers have developed a bioprinter that can speed computer-controlled creation of human tissue.

Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words
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Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words

An algorithmic approach for data analysis automatically recognizes uninformative words, known as stop words, in a large collection of text.

Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi
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Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi

Researchers at Facebook have taught the company's artificial intelligence software how to play the game Hanabi, a Solitaire-like card game that requires players...

Using Computers to View the Unseen
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Using Computers to View the Unseen

Scientists have advanced a technique to envision scenes outside a line of sight without special gear.

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

Microsoft, Ford Try Using Quantum-Style Computing to Solve Seattle's Traffic Problem
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Microsoft, Ford Try Using Quantum-Style Computing to Solve Seattle's Traffic Problem

Microsoft and Ford Motor are using quantum-inspired computing models to try to optimize traffic management in Seattle.

3D-Printed Bunny Contains DNA Instructions to Make Copy of Itself
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3D-Printed Bunny Contains DNA Instructions to Make Copy of Itself

Researchers three-dimensionally-printed a polyester rabbit that contains DNA in which instructions for making copies of itself are stored.

On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path
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On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path

India is considering its first major data privacy statute.

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets
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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable
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Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable

A new open-source program combines the functions of a word processor with other things one might need when writing scientific research papers.

Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service
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Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service

Amazon Web Services has launched a platform that lets enterprise customers explore how they could benefit from quantum computers by developing and testing quantum...

New Data Addresses Gap in Fusion Research
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New Data Addresses Gap in Fusion Research

Researchers have developed a method of enhancing the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions.
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