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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices
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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

A new method utilizes standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves
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Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves

Researchers have developed soft biohybrid robots impelled by neuromuscular tissue that activates in response to light.  

Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy
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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Machine learning algorithms developed by a team of Binghamton University researchers can differentiate bullies and aggressors on Twitter from normal users with...

Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices
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Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices

The site, https://yourthings.info, features rankings of 45 devices on their security capabilities.

AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist
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AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist

A researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria has used open-source artificial intelligence software to mimic classical symphonies.

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things
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Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.

Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment
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Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based technique for mapping receptors on cancer cells.

Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis
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Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis

Machine-learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them. That makes it hard for others to assess the results.

Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack
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Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack

Researchers have described a new exploit targeting Intel central processing units that support Data-Direct I/O Technology and Remote Direct Memory Access features...

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'
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Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'

School of Code is a U.K.-based startup that offers 15 weeks of free training at a "boot camp" for computer programming.

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control
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A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control

Researchers in Switzerland are developing new approaches for control of robotic hands for amputees that combine individual finger control and automation for improved...

Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf
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Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf

This year, the scientific distinction with the highest prize money in Germany goes to the pioneer of artificial intelligence.

How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020
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How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020

A study by cybersecurity company NormShield found U.S. state election offices are failing to implement digital safeguards, increasing the 2020 elections' susceptibility...

Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step
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Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

A new artificial leg is equipped with sensors that allow users to feel when the leg flexes and lands on the ground.

AI Technology Could Identify Those at Risk of Fatal Heart Attacks, Research Claims
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AI Technology Could Identify Those at Risk of Fatal Heart Attacks, Research Claims

New artificial intelligence technology can help gauge a person's risk for suffering a deadly heart attack, years ahead of time.

Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama
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Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have unveiled physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep apparel.

Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability
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Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Researchers have developed a stretchable optical lace that could give soft robots a soft touch.

Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations
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Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

A new self-contained communication tool provides support for first-responders from separate organizations operating in a disaster situation.
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