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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 

The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream
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Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Startups are trying to make clean fusion-generated electricity a reality by designing systems for squeezing atoms together.

Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help
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Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

A new artificial intelligence model can predict the extent of students' absorption of knowledge via educational gameplay.

World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language
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World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language

Carnegie Mellon University graduate Lingdong Huang has created the first programming language based on classical Chinese.

Automation Finds Home in Building Design
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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.

Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images
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Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw has released a free tool, designed to help journalists identify doctored photos, including those generated through the use of artificial intelligence. 

Chatbot Pushback
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Chatbot Pushback

Consumers are underwhelmed by e-commerce chatbots.

Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees
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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence to screen video interviews.

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another
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Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another

New software automatically translates a video of a person speaking in one language into another language, while matching their lip movements to the new words.

Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived
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Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived

Researchers have met the U.S. DARPA challenge to create next-generation organ-on-a-chip models. 

Tracking Shoppers
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Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Exploring the Theory of Computing
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Exploring the Theory of Computing

In his new book, Avi Wigderson argues for computing’s central role in human thought.

Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices
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Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices

MIT and IBM researchers have developed a new text-analysis method for rapidly narrowing down reading material from billions of online options. 

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk
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Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk

Chinese researchers have developed a set of algorithms that significantly improves the accuracy of detecting space junk in earth's orbit.

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.
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