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Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Grocery Store
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Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Grocery Store

Microsoft and the Kroger supermarket chain are collaborating on online grocery shopping.

Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market
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Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market

A broad technology industry effort to expand apprenticeships in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering was unveiled this week at CES 2019.

AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face
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AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face

A new artificial intelligence technology accurately identifies rare genetic disorders using a photo of a patient's face.

Computer Simulation Sheds New Light on Colliding Stars
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Computer Simulation Sheds New Light on Colliding Stars

An international research team used supercomputers to run a three-dimensional computer model of a neutron star collision.

IBM Debuts 'Universal Quantum Computer'
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IBM Debuts 'Universal Quantum Computer'

Not just a chip, IBM's latest entry is a complete quantum computing system.

Machine Learning Leads Mathematicians to Unsolvable Problem
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Machine Learning Leads Mathematicians to Unsolvable Problem

A simple artificial intelligence problem puts researchers up against a logical paradox discovered by famed mathematician Kurt Gödel.

Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions
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Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions

If our knowledge of galaxy structures was limited to the Milky Way, we'd get a lot of things wrong. The Milky Way, it turns out, is unusual.

Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny
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Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as...

The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It
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The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It

A neural network learned to "hide" information about a source image within the images it generated via a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.

B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat
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B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat

B-Secur's HeartKey technology allows users to unlock and start their cars via the unique beating pattern of their heart.

Tech Could Help Students Learn During Extended Absences
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Tech Could Help Students Learn During Extended Absences

The University of Colorado is relying on robots to help students maintain a presence in class, even when they cannot physically be there.

AI Removes the Drudgery from Legal Due Diligence
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AI Removes the Drudgery from Legal Due Diligence

Software can review contracts, and more, faster and more accurately than lawyers.

How China Landed the Change'4 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon
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How China Landed the Change'4 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon

The Chinese National Space Administration placed its Chang'e-4 lander and rover on the far side of the Moon.

DNA Design That Anyone Can Do
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DNA Design That Anyone Can Do

A new computer program allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA.

With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules
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With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules

A group of companies are testing unmanned aviation technology to prove drones can fly delivery routes without crashing into each other, and that they can be tracked...

Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says
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Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says

The growth of automation so far has had a negligible impact on jobs at a global level, according to the World Bank's chief economist.

GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks
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GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks

The U.K. Government Communications Headquarters has created a competition for 12- to 13-year-old girls aimed at drawing more women into cybersecurity.

'DeepSqueak' Helps Researchers Decode Rodent Chatter
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'DeepSqueak' Helps Researchers Decode Rodent Chatter

Researchers have developed a software program to identify and decode rodent vocalizations.

Can a Set of Equations Keep U.S. Census Data Private?
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Can a Set of Equations Keep U.S. Census Data Private?

Protecting confidentiality has been a priority for the Census Bureau for most—but not all—of its existence.

Artificial Intelligence Vs. the Hackers
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Artificial Intelligence Vs. the Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.'s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company's administrators...
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