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The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech
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The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Roborace motorsport competition is a testbed for autonomous vehicle technology, as international teams pit driverless electric racing cars against each other...

Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative
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Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative

Advancing to Digital 2.0 can help the modern company anticipate the needs of the customer.

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test
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AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence introduced an artificial intelligence system that successfully passed an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test...

3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry
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3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry

Researchers have gained new insights into human evolution via digital reconstruction of 3.8-million-year-old fossilized cranium fragments of a hominid from Ethiopia...

Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills
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Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

U.S. companies and universities are developing cybersecurity training facilities that model real-world networks and scenarios to educate staff and evaluate theories...

Developing Embedded Systems Faster
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Developing Embedded Systems Faster

Researchers in a consortium of eight partners from six EU countries have created a platform that makes it possible to develop energy-efficient embedded image processing...

French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System
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French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System

A French cryptographer has exposed a security flaw in an electronic voting system to be used in this month's municipal elections in Moscow.

Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify
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Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify

Scientists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working to gain a better understanding of what happens within a hurricane during periods...

Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure
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Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure

Today, Unix powers iOS and Android—its legend begins with a gator and a trio of researchers.

Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules
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Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules

Researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm for performing multistep retrosynthesis and predicting the most efficiency synthetic pathways...

People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.
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People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.

Google has launched an artificial intelligence-powered tool that automatically detects grammar mistakes while messages are being composed in Gmail, and auto-corrects...

U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

The U.S. government intends to launch a program to shield voter registration databases and systems from hackers ahead of the 2020 election.

AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors
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AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors

Researchers used state-of-the-art natural language processing to learn how the language employed by crisis counselors systematically changes over time

Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now
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Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now

More than 140,000 advertisements for IT jobs were listed in the U.K. in the second quarter of this year, 13% fewer than were listed in the first quarter

Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine
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Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine

The Swedish Data Protection Authority fined the municipality of Skelleftea for using facial recognition to track students in violation of the European Union's General...

Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots
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Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots

New soft robotic systems inspired by origami can move and change shape in response to external stimuli.

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests
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Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests

A new study predicts 44% of the $135 billion projected to be spent in 2024 to secure critical city infrastructure against hackers will be invested in data safeguards...

Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You
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Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You

Researchers at Facebook have developed a tool that lets users better see and control the information the company has collected about their browsing habits outside...

Allen School Releases Robotic Race Car Platform to Drive Advances in AI Research, Education
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Allen School Releases Robotic Race Car Platform to Drive Advances in AI Research, Education

The newly released Multi-agent System for non-Holonomic Racing (MuSHR) platform is intended for use in assembling a robotic race car, as well as for use as a tool...

Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers
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Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers

A new technique can transform the quantum behavior of an intermetallic crystal of cerium, palladium, and silicon so electrons compete to occupy either orbitals...
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