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Audi's In-Car Information System Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights
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Audi's In-Car Information System Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights

Audi's Traffic Light Information system can alert drivers to imminent red lights and other traffic signals.

Virtual Makeovers Are Better Than Ever. Beauty Companies Are Trying to Cash In
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Virtual Makeovers Are Better Than Ever. Beauty Companies Are Trying to Cash In

Augmented reality is being pushed to the mainstream by apps in the beauty industry that serve as a consumer tool for trying on makeup.

A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters
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A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters

Although technology companies are trying to recruit women and minorities, most computer and software professionals writing artificial intelligence programs remain...

'Tags' Let Your Phone Spot Counterfeit Stuff
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'Tags' Let Your Phone Spot Counterfeit Stuff

A new system to prevent product counterfeiting gives individual items a unique label or "tag."

After a Baby, 28% of New Parents Leave Full-Time STEM Work
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After a Baby, 28% of New Parents Leave Full-Time STEM Work

After science, technology, engineering, and math professionals become parents, 43% of women and 23% of men change fields, become part-timers, or exit the workforce...

Japan's Hayabusa2 Craft Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu
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Japan's Hayabusa2 Craft Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu

It was a brief but historic tap on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, at 7:29 am Japan time on 22 February. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down at its target...

Huawei Founder Says US Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech
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Huawei Founder Says US Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei is downplaying the idea that there's danger in his company's taking a lead role as 5G networks become a widespread reality.

InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service
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InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service

No matter how cold your winter has been, it's probably not as chilly as Mars. Check for yourself: Starting today, the public can get a daily weather report from...

AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant
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AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant

Researchers in the U.S. and China have developed a system that uses artificial intelligence to automatically diagnose common childhood conditions.

North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity
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North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity

North Dakota wants to provide statewide student access to computer science and cybersecurity courses.

Robots Track Moving Objects With Unprecedented Precision
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Robots Track Moving Objects With Unprecedented Precision

Researchers are employing radio-frequency identification tags to help track moving objects with unprecedented accuracy and speed.

Meet Europe's 30 Under 30 in Technology 2019: Blossoming of a Talent Garden
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Meet Europe's 30 Under 30 in Technology 2019: Blossoming of a Talent Garden

Young European entrepreneurs ranked in Forbes' latest 30 Under 30 list are pushing the envelope of artificial intelligence applications for consumers and companies...

Electronics Need Rare Earths
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Electronics Need Rare Earths

Demand is expected to spike over the next few years, leading to higher prices and international trade issues.

Exoskeletons Today
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Exoskeletons Today

Wearable mobile machines integrate people and machines to assist the movement-impaired, and amplify the capabilities of industrial and defense workers while protecting...

Building a Better Battery
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Building a Better Battery

How researchers are improving energy storage devices for power generated from renewable sources like solar and wind.

Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business
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Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says blockchain technology could address challenges faced by smallholder coffee farmers.

ETH Zurich Unveils the Future
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ETH Zurich Unveils the Future

Looking ahead to 2050 in electronics, robotics, and new materials.

For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds
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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

Erin Hawley grew up immersed in video games, progressing from Pong on the Atari 2600 to Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis to Tomb Raider on the Sony PlayStation...

Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI
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Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI

OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained...

These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop
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These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop

International Computer Science Institute researchers estimated that about 17,000 Android apps collect identifying information.
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