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Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools
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Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools

The Tennessee Board of Education has given final approval to the state's first computer science standards for elementary and middle schools.

Same Web-Based Vulnerabilities Still Prevalent After Nine Years
From ACM TechNews

Same Web-Based Vulnerabilities Still Prevalent After Nine Years

The threat of common Web-based vulnerabilities has not been significantly mitigated over the past nine years, according to a study by the U.K.-based NCC Group. ...

Reprogrammable Braille
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Reprogrammable Braille

Researchers have developed a framework to encode memory—in the form of Braille-like dimples and bumps—onto a blank, lattice-free material.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
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Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company ...

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says
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Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says

A test of Amazon's facial recognition software incorrectly matched the faces of 28 U.S. legislators to images in a mugshot database.

What Happened to General Magic?
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What Happened to General Magic?

Inside the company that invented the iPhone — two decades too early.

Neural Network Implemented with Light Instead of Electrons
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Neural Network Implemented with Light Instead of Electrons

Neural networks have a reputation for being computationally expensive. But only the training portion of things really stresses most computer hardware, since it...

Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment
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Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed cell-sized robots that can sense their environment, store data, and conduct computational tasks...

Computer Simulation of Receptors Reveals a New Ligand-Binding Site
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Computer Simulation of Receptors Reveals a New Ligand-Binding Site

Using a computer model of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor, researchers have found a unique binding site for natural ligands and drugs.

Deep Learning Quickly Finds Structures Affected by Lava
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Deep Learning Quickly Finds Structures Affected by Lava

Researchers are working with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to see how lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has affected buildings and infrastructure...

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can
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How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can

A robotic hand? Four autonomous fingers and a thumb that can do anything your own flesh and blood can do? That is still the stuff of fantasy.

Legislating Against AI Bias
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Legislating Against AI Bias

Is this the beginning of the end of algorithmic bias in public-sector services?

Scientists Perfect Technique to Boost Capacity of Computer Storage a Thousandfold
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Scientists Perfect Technique to Boost Capacity of Computer Storage a Thousandfold

A team of researchers has refined a method to enable a 1,000-fold enlargement of computer storage capacity, and used it to fabricate atomic-scale circuits.

The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks
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The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks

In a basement storeroom at Stanford University in California, the guts of a dozen DNA sequencers lie exposed—hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cameras and...

AI Technology Could Help Protect Water Supplies
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AI Technology Could Help Protect Water Supplies

Researchers have developed artificial intelligence software that can identify and quantify different kinds of cyanobacteria that can shut down water systems.

Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'
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Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking insect-sized robots to compete under its Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHRIMP) program...

NIH Partners With Google Cloud to Speed Up Medical Breakthroughs
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NIH Partners With Google Cloud to Speed Up Medical Breakthroughs

A new U.S. National Institutes of Health program aims to help researchers accelerate biomedical advances by providing access to commercial cloud computing technologies...

Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices
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Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices

A study by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology warns of a decade-old bug in the Bluetooth specification.

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia
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World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia

The world's largest robot is an autonomous train that hauls tons of material across Australia.

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science...
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