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Coding for Disaster
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Coding for Disaster

At a U.N. hackathon, open source developers strive to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

Major League Baseball 'Robot Ump' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy
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Major League Baseball 'Robot Ump' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy

A computer in the press box communicated to the umpire whether each pitch was in or out of the strike zone, and the umpire relayed the calls to the field as usual...

Robot Uses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce
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Robot Uses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A new vegetable-picking robot uses machine learning to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time
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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data...

Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail
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Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail

U.S. mall owners and retailers are ramping up their use of facial recognition to ascertain shoppers' traffic patterns, employee performance, and consumer response...

Chipping Away at Big Data
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Chipping Away at Big Data

Neural network chips whittle big data down to size.

Not Just Tech Bros
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Not Just Tech Bros

Northwestern University's Sara Sood and Ian Horswill are working to make computer science more inclusive and appealing.

Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair
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Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair

Samara-inspired drones can help deliver airborne payloads in a simple, reliable, inexpensive manner.

Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs
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Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Researchers in Germany have developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects.

U.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 Users
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U.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 Users

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner’s Office has leveled a £183.39-million fine against British Airways for a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation...

Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship
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Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship

Researchers used machine learning to ascertain the authorship of disputed Beatles songs.

FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches
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FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

U.S. federal investigators using facial-recognition technology to search millions of Americans' state driver's license photos, without their knowledge or permission...

The Upside of Adversarial Attacks
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The Upside of Adversarial Attacks

They may lead to better neural networks.

Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP’s Ecosystem
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Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP’s Ecosystem

A new wave of spamming attacks on a core component of PGP's ecosystem has highlighted a fundamental weakness in the whole ecosystem.

Does the U.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?
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Does the U.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?

Some say a new department is needed to coordinate the nation's defenses. Others say it would only weaken those defenses.

Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning
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Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning

Researchers are working to resolve the fact that spiking neurons currently have no way that they can be trained via gradient descent—the basis of conventional machine...

Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice
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Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice

A new report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to help Internet of Things users protect themselves, their data, and their networks...

How Computing Goes Green
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How Computing Goes Green

Tech companies have bigger carbon footprints than ever. Here's what some of them are doing about it.

How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist
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How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist

A team of researchers compared quantum computers developed by IBM, Rigetti Computing, and the University of Maryland.

Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism
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Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Brown University researchers have stored information within molecules smaller and less complex than DNA.
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