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Criminologist Builds Computer Model for More Efficient Police Patrols
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Criminologist Builds Computer Model for More Efficient Police Patrols

Analysis by University of Texas at Dallas assistant professor of criminology Andrew Wheeler yielded a computer model to guide the Carrollton, TX, police department...

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
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U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop...

AI Helps Shrink Amazon Dams' Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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AI Helps Shrink Amazon Dams' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A model developed by a Cornell University-led research team uses artificial intelligence to find the most promising configurations of dam sites to reduce greenhouse...

ACM Forms Global Technology Policy Council
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ACM Forms Global Technology Policy Council

ACM has established a new Technology Policy Council to coordinate its policy initiatives worldwide.

These States Benefit Most From the Software Industry
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These States Benefit Most From the Software Industry

A report by the Software.org:BSA Foundation found that the U.S. software industry is growing twice as fast as the nation's economy.

World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech
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World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech

China is the global leader in surveillance technologies, although other countries are catching up, according to a study by the Carnegie Endowment for International...

Introducing a Virtual Planet Simulator for Modeling Distant Worlds Across Time
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Introducing a Virtual Planet Simulator for Modeling Distant Worlds Across Time

The University of Washington's Rory Barnes has developed software for modeling planetary evolution over time.

Aristotle Award Presentation TECHCON 2019
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Aristotle Award Presentation TECHCON 2019

The Aristotle Award was initiated in 1995 to recognize professors who best contribute to the development of the industry's most valuable resource, its human resource...

Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward
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Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward

Strong data encryption thwarts criminals and preserves privacy. At the same time, it complicates law enforcement investigations. A Carnegie working group looks...

Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it
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Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it

The Grant for the Web program will give roughly $20 million per year for five years to content sites, open source infrastructure developers, and others.

Google Unveils DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) Plan, Mozilla's Faces Criticism
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Google Unveils DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) Plan, Mozilla's Faces Criticism

DNS-over-HTTPS allows DNS resolution to be conducted over encrypted HTTPS connections rather than through the normal plain text DNS lookups.

Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety
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Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety

Cyberattacks pose a rising threat to food production and safety, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota's Food Protection and Defense Institute...

'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air
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'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air

A new bio-inspired robot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water's surface.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs
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Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs

Researchers combined artificial intelligence with high-performance computing to expedite analysis of massive datasets generated by cosmological surveys.

Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award
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Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award

Mark Braverman is the third theoretical scientist in a decade to be honored with the Waterman Award.

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City
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How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

The more connected a smart city is, the greater its vulnerability to cyberattack.

AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek
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AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

Scientists at the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory developed bots that trained themselves to cooperate by playing hide-and-seek.

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook
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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when...
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