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How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'
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How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'

Intensive care units are using artificial intelligence to save patients by helping staff respond faster.

Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed
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Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed

The open-source Julia language combines the speed of "compiled" languages such as Fortran and C with the interactivity and syntax of "scripting" languages such...

Smartphone Virus Scanner Is Not What You Think
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Smartphone Virus Scanner Is Not What You Think

A new smartphone virus scanner could help medical professionals track the spread of diseases.

In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch
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In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch

The benefits of genetic engineering tool CRISPR have been widely discussed. But what if something goes wrong?

Novel Process to Study How Trees Affect Building Temperatures, Air Flow in Extreme Heat
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Novel Process to Study How Trees Affect Building Temperatures, Air Flow in Extreme Heat

Iowa State University researchers  created a computational model to assess how tree shading and air flow affects building temperature in extreme heat.

CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out
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CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out

Researchers in the U.K. have found that 9.8% of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degree.

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.

Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots
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Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots

University of Houston researchers have developed a flexible wearable electronics patch that translates the wearer's movements and other instructions to a robot....

U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes
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U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a security advisory for small planes warning of a hacking exploit if someone physically accesses the aircraft...

I’m a Data Scientist Who is Skeptical About Data
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I’m a Data Scientist Who is Skeptical About Data

"What does the data say?"

Americans Have Become Much Less Positive About Tech Companies’ Impact on the U.S.
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Americans Have Become Much Less Positive About Tech Companies’ Impact on the U.S.

Recent Pew Research Center surveys have found that the public has a number of criticisms of technology and social media companies.

The Woman Who Taught Computers to Speak English
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The Woman Who Taught Computers to Speak English

Curiosity often breeds innovation, which was precisely the case with Grace Murray Hopper.

Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind
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Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind

Facebook is collaborating with academia to develop a non-invasive technique to type words onto a computer directly from a user's brain.

How Can You Reliably Spot a Fake Smile? Ask a Computer
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How Can You Reliably Spot a Fake Smile? Ask a Computer

Researchers have developed software that can identify false facial expressions.

Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing
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Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing

Northeastern University hopes to improve women's representation in technology with its newly established Center for Inclusive Computing.

Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities
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Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have determined that hackers could target Internet-connected cars and freeze traffic, creating extremely disruptive...

Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps
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Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps

Schools and summer camps throughout the U.S. are using facial recognition to bolster security and provide other services for campers and parents.

VR to Solve Personal Problems
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VR to Solve Personal Problems

Researchers used immersive virtual reality to study the effects of people talking to themselves as if they were another person.

Learning to Look
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Learning to Look

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute have developed an algorithm that could improve the accuracy of searches in microbial and metagenomic...

Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November
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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.
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