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Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide
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Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

Researchers at the Allen Institute have developed a visualization of human cell division suitable for professional scientists and inquisitive amateurs.

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos
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5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are concerned that 5G wireless phones could interfere with weather forecasts.

Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived
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Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived

Researchers used computer models to identify the locations of Western European Neanderthal settlements.

Molecular Landscaping
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Molecular Landscaping

Researchers are pursuing promising drug candidates via supercomputing to differentiate candidate molecules' protein-binding ability.

Businesses, Universities Team Up on New Digital Technology Credential
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Businesses, Universities Team Up on New Digital Technology Credential

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities now offer a digital technology credential.

As Huawei Loses Google, U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain
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As Huawei Loses Google, U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

Google's plan to limit the software services it provides Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei is expected to accelerate the isolation of China's Internet users...

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul
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GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

A new electronic platform from General Motors is envisioned as the linchpin of the automaker's future, enabling the function of almost all its cars' digital systems...

Protecting Privacy from Wireless Spycams
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Protecting Privacy from Wireless Spycams

Computer science techniques combat intrusive cameras.

States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife
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States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife

Public transportation agencies in nearly every state are using drones, according to a recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials...

Five Outstanding Innovators Under Age 40 Honored at Design Automation Conference
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Five Outstanding Innovators Under Age 40 Honored at Design Automation Conference

The 56th Design Automation Conference announced the five recipients of this year’s Under-40 Innovators Award.

Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware
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Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware

Security researchers have discovered a Linux version of Winnti, a malware used by Chinese government-sponsored hackers.

How Usable Is VR?
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How Usable Is VR?

Patrick Harms at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability of virtual reality.

U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks
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U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a pilot study in which self-driving trucks will complete a more-than-1,000-mile mail run between Phoenix and Dallas.

'Spidey Senses' Could Help Autonomous Machines See Better
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'Spidey Senses' Could Help Autonomous Machines See Better

Researchers have developed sensors inspired by animals to help autonomous machines navigate in dangerous environments and avoid accidents.

Article 13 Threatens Videogame Streamers in the EU: Survey
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Article 13 Threatens Videogame Streamers in the EU: Survey

Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive could have a drastic impact on video game streamers and their fans in Europe.

MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

EU Adopts Powers to Respond to Cyberattacks
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EU Adopts Powers to Respond to Cyberattacks

The European Union has established a framework giving it powers to punish individuals outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks.

New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance
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New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance

A U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project found machine learning techniques could anticipate Australian wheat yields two months before the end of the growing...

Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread
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Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread

Researchers at Michigan State University are analyzing big data to determine better research models to fight the spread of breast cancer and test potential drugs...

Neural Net Worth
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Neural Net Worth

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun this month will receive the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made...
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