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This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light
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This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light

A new robotic skeleton is embedded with 32 photodiodes and 30 adjacent LEDs, and is covered by a squishy skin of reflective silicone that keeps the device's own...

Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles
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Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles

Researchers say a new motion prediction system enhances pedestrian detection in autonomous vehicles.

AI Comes to the Tax Code
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AI Comes to the Tax Code

Governments increasingly are using artificial intelligence and data analytics to detect tax evasion, respond to taxpayer questions, and boost efficiency.

Clearing Up the Picture
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Clearing Up the Picture

Deep learning approaches can process images and video captured in less-then-desirable conditions, providing much clearer results.

How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers
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How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers

Corporate transfers of operations to the cloud have elevated the threat of hacking.

Speak Math, Not Code
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Speak Math, Not Code

Lamport said thinking mathematically can help programmers clarify their thinking and make programs more efficient.

Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool
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Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a flooding prediction algorithm that could potentially aid disaster management.

The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
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The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese companies are scrambling to deploy robots and automation to take over for absent workers as the coronavirus spreads. 

U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues
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U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues

A U.K.-funded supercomputer in Kenya is being used to simulate locust swarm migrations ravaging East Africa. 

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?
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Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?

While YouTube has reduced how often its algorithm recommends conspiracy theory-related videos, its progress in dealing with conspiracy theories has been uneven....

The Tentacle Bot
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The Tentacle Bot

Researchers have engineered an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that grasps, moves, and manipulates objects of all shapes, sizes, and textures.

We’re not prepared for the end of Moore’s Law
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We’re not prepared for the end of Moore’s Law

It has fueled prosperity of the last 50 years. But the end is now in sight.

Python Is More Popular Than Ever
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Python Is More Popular Than Ever

Despite a rocky transition from Python 2 to Python 3, developers are still flocking to the programming language.

How One University Is Attracting Women to Computer Science
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How One University Is Attracting Women to Computer Science

The percentage of women enrolling and graduating in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University has exceeded national averages for many years.

Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why
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Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why

GDPR has been linked to quicker cyberattack discovery times in the European Union. 

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking
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This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking

Researchers have developed an app that will let users know what IoT technologies are operating in the immediate vicinity and what data they are collecting. 

Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles
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Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles

Researchers have developed a machine learning technique that reduces battery testing times by 98%—a step toward longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric...

NSF Accelerator is Open For Business
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NSF Accelerator is Open For Business

Attempting to harness the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas.

Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Left Communications Open to Eavesdropping
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Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Left Communications Open to Eavesdropping

Researchers at Slovakian Internet security company ESET discovered that billions of devices are affected by a Wi-Fi vulnerability that allows nearby attackers to...

Carbonell Pioneered Use of Computers for Translation
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Carbonell Pioneered Use of Computers for Translation

The Distinguished Professor founded Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute.
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