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Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 
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Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver listened to a question on stage Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, paused for a moment, and delivered a surprising...

Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings
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Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings

Computer-generated imagery traditionally reserved for Hollywood has now become so cheap and easy to use that home sellers are digitally revising their online listings...

How Georgia Tech is Using GPS Technology to Improve Performance
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How Georgia Tech is Using GPS Technology to Improve Performance

The Georgia Institute of Technology football team is using wearable GPS devices to measure a host of actions by each player.

Weather-Responsive Intersections Could Ease Traffic Congestion
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Weather-Responsive Intersections Could Ease Traffic Congestion

Researchers have found that adjusting traffic signals at intersections during snowstorms could reduce traffic delays by as much as 20%.

McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations
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McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations

Researchers have developed a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of those who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always...

Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps
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Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps

The University of Cambridge's Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence and the Czech Republic's GoodAI are partnering to launch the Animal-AI Olympics. ...

Uber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona
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Uber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

A prosecutor in Arizona has decided not to press charges against Uber in the March 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg. One of Uber's self-driving cars crashed into Herzberg...

Putin Wants His Own Internet
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Putin Wants His Own Internet

When anti-government protests erupted on Russia's side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they'd never done before: cut mobile internet...

Mars InSight Lander's 'Mole' Pauses Digging
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Mars InSight Lander's 'Mole' Pauses Digging

NASA's Mars InSight lander has a probe designed to dig up to 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface and measure heat coming from inside the planet.

Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades
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Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades

Researchers have developed robots that can demilitarize up to 21 warheads in an eight-hour shift, which equates to 13,524 bomblets being recycled per day.

Immunizing Quantum Computers Against Errors
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Immunizing Quantum Computers Against Errors

Researchers used trapped calcium ions to render quantum computers error-proof by generating a periodic oscillatory ionic state that bypasses constraints on measurement...

Most Laptops Vulnerable to Attack via Peripheral Devices, Say Researchers
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Most Laptops Vulnerable to Attack via Peripheral Devices, Say Researchers

Researchers have determined that hackers can potentially hijack an unattended computing device in seconds through peripherals like chargers and docking stations...

Managing with Technology
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Managing with Technology

Human Resources departments are taking advantage of the workforce management capabilities provided by artificial intelligence.

Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip
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Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip

Researchers have engineered a four-legged robot modeled after a cheetah, which is able to perform a 360-degree backflip from a standing position.

5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors
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5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors

The scene on the big display in front of me looks like something from Grey's Anatomy.

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe
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Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid.

2019 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced
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2019 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

The CRA board of directors is pleased to announce its selections for the 2019 CRA Awards.

China Is Catching Up to the US on Artificial Intelligence Research
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China Is Catching Up to the US on Artificial Intelligence Research

Researchers, companies and countries around the world are racing to explore—and exploit—the possibilities of artificial intelligence technology.

Software Tracks Activity of Neurons in Real Time
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Software Tracks Activity of Neurons in Real Time

Researchers have developed software to automate the monitoring of neuron activity via a mix of standard computational methods and machine learning techniques.

SpaceX Crew Capsule, With Dummy Astronaut, Docks With Space Station
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SpaceX Crew Capsule, With Dummy Astronaut, Docks With Space Station

A SpaceX capsule autonomously docked with the International Space Station.
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