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Coding as a Second Language
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Coding as a Second Language

The Panasonic Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation are working together to launch four Code as a Second Language academies around the country.

Letting the Laboratory Drive
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Letting the Laboratory Drive

A self-driving laboratory is a kind of robot scientist that uses sensors to become aware of its environment and artificial intelligence to autonomously make decisions...

Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults
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Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults

The U.K. government will offer free courses to thousands of adults to improve their digital skills.

AI Visionary Nils Nilsson Dies
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AI Visionary Nils Nilsson Dies

Respected AI pioneer and visionary Nils John Nilsson has passed away at age 86.

Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World
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Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World

The University of Alberta has launched a multimedia art exhibit called "Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology."

Geomagnetic Jerks Finally Reproduced, Explained
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Geomagnetic Jerks Finally Reproduced, Explained

Researchers have created a computer model that explains anomalies in the Earth's magnetic field.  

Francine Berman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Francine Berman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Francine Berman of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners
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In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

Doctors are using a hand-held ultrasound scanner to provide medical imaging to residents of remote African villages.

Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality
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Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality

The U.K. startup Scape provides a visual positioning service that uses global positioning systems and multiple camera images to localize users.

The Robots That Manage the Managers
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The Robots That Manage the Managers

New artificial intelligence-driven coaching apps and platforms aim to provide basic training in traditional supervisory skills such as delivering feedback and delegating...

Training Data for Autonomous Driving
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Training Data for Autonomous Driving

Understand.ai is a startup launched in Germany to improve and accelerate the labeling of image elements for autonomous driving algorithms.

IARPA Is Investing in AI That Constantly Analyzes Worldwide Satellite Images
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IARPA Is Investing in AI That Constantly Analyzes Worldwide Satellite Images

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity has released a draft solicitation for an analytics tool that can combine satellite images and detect human...

Software Tool Could Provide Answers to Some of Life's Most Intriguing Questions
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Software Tool Could Provide Answers to Some of Life's Most Intriguing Questions

A new software tool combines machine learning with digital signal processing to make it possible to definitively answer challenging questions.

An Emerging Threat, Hiding in Plain Sight
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An Emerging Threat, Hiding in Plain Sight

Steganography hides information, sometimes right before your eyes.

High-Tech Collision Warnings, No Matter How Smart Your Car Is
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High-Tech Collision Warnings, No Matter How Smart Your Car Is

Research suggests older vehicles can be equipped with high-tech systems to make them safer.

VA Looks to 3D-Printing to Improve Veteran Care
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VA Looks to 3D-Printing to Improve Veteran Care

A medical team at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is pioneering new ways to use three-dimensional printing.

Army Researchers Identify New Way to Improve Cybersecurity
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Army Researchers Identify New Way to Improve Cybersecurity

Scientists may have identified a new technique for strengthening network cybersecurity.

Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities
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Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an augmented reality interface to help disabled individuals control complex assistive robots.

Transparent Architecture
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Transparent Architecture

Researchers have devised software that enables simulations and fine-grained analyses of real estate that can be made accessible to developers, architects, and real...

Cracking the Crypto War
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Cracking the Crypto War

Ray Ozzie thinks he has an approach for accessing encrypted devices that attains the impossible: it satisfies both law enforcement and privacy purists.
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