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Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts
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Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts

Meteorologists have long struggled to forecast storms and flooding at the level of streets and neighborhoods, but they may soon make headway thanks to the spread...

'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer
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'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer

In the early hours of Friday morning, two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea launched a barrage of Tomahawk Land...

Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already
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Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says technology has a poor record of accommodating people with disabilities, and he would like to see more progress made...

Why Are UCSD Scientists Disguising Themselves as Empty Car Seats?
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Why Are UCSD Scientists Disguising Themselves as Empty Car Seats?

Researchers are observing driver and pedestrian responses to "driverless" research vehicles on campus by wearing costumes resembling empty car seats.

Dutch Smallest Computer
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Dutch Smallest Computer

Researchers have constructed a small supercomputer from four servers with four professionalized graphics cards.

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women
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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student...

Crowdsourcing a Practical Indoor GPS
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Crowdsourcing a Practical Indoor GPS

Researchers are using crowdsourced Wi-Fi fingerprints from smartphones to build a highly accurate indoor global-positioning system.

Virginia Tech Professor Builds Algorithm to Detect Traces of Cyberbullying
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Virginia Tech Professor Builds Algorithm to Detect Traces of Cyberbullying

Virginia Polytechnic and State University professor Bert Huang is working to develop an automatic system for detecting cyberbullying.

Machines Learning Evolves, and Hackers Stand to Gain
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Machines Learning Evolves, and Hackers Stand to Gain

Experts say the growing pervasiveness and maturity of machine learning makes it an increasingly attractive candidate for cybersecurity applications.

New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature
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New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature

Researchers have partly developed a new approach for identifying subtle patterns to map out how ancient Latin and Greek texts relate to each other.

Into the Breach
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Into the Breach

Cyber ratings firms help companies evaluate the risks of doing business.

New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D
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New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D

The progress made in training algorithms to recognize images via the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge has prompted its 2018 replacement with the...

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars
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Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by...

Quantum Computing Is Going Commercial with the Potential to Disrupt Everything
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Quantum Computing Is Going Commercial with the Potential to Disrupt Everything

Consider three hair-pulling problems: 1 percent of the world's energy is used every year just to produce fertilizer; solar panels aren't powerful enough to provide...

Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Takes on Chinese Poker Players
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Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Takes on Chinese Poker Players

Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence to compete against six professional Chinese poker players in a 36,000-hand exhibition match in China.

In the Future, We Will Control Our Mobiles Using Gestures
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In the Future, We Will Control Our Mobiles Using Gestures

Researchers are developing a next-generation interface that will enable people to interact with mobile devices using gestures.

Algorithm and Rhyme
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Algorithm and Rhyme

San Jose State University professor Margareta Ackerman has developed an artificial intelligence-based system designed to assist musicians in songwriting.

Few Keep Track of Their Personal Data on the Net
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Few Keep Track of Their Personal Data on the Net

A study found that few users understand how their personal data are compiled and stored on the Internet.

AI Player AlphaGo to Play Chinese Go Champion
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AI Player AlphaGo to Play Chinese Go Champion

DeepMind's Go-playing artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in May will play against top Chinese Go player Ke Jie in a three-game match in China.

Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird
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Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird

Octopuses are aliens living on Earth.
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