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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.

Engineers Solve 50-Year-Old Puzzle in Signal Processing
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Engineers Solve 50-Year-Old Puzzle in Signal Processing

Iowa State University researchers have solved the mystery of the inverse fast Fourier transform algorithm.

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything
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Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

The gymnastics world championships in Germany used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate athletes' performance.

Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool
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Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool

Artificial intelligence researchers are trying to fix the flaws of neural networks.

Vietnam Developer, Sumitomo Join to Build $4B Smart City
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Vietnam Developer, Sumitomo Join to Build $4B Smart City

Vietnamese developer BRG Group and Japanese trading company Sumitomo have announced a $4.21-billion smart-city development on the outskirts of Hanoi to begin next...

Your Next Vacation Is Written on Your Face
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Your Next Vacation Is Written on Your Face

Travel companies are using sophisticated technology to help understand what people like.

Underwater Drones Make Waves
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Underwater Drones Make Waves

Underwater drones offer scientists a glimpse into the world's least-known frontier.

Decade of Cybersecurity Data Could Predict Future Malicious Online Activity
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Decade of Cybersecurity Data Could Predict Future Malicious Online Activity

Researchers have developed a comprehensive dataset of the global cybersecurity threat landscape from 2007 to 2017, to help cybersecurity specialists derive new...

That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code
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That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code

Sonic Pi is a coding language that may be used to construct melodies in real time at live coding shows.

System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position
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System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position

A new system helps networks of smart devices find their positions in environments where GPS usually fails.

App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos
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App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos

Baylor University researchers have developed a free smartphone app that uses machine learning to flag eye disease from personal photos, as much as a year ahead...

IBM Hackathon Winner Helps Fight Rash of Wasted Food
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IBM Hackathon Winner Helps Fight Rash of Wasted Food

A group called FreShip was named the winner of IBM’s Food Waste Developer Challenge, a hackathon that tasked U.S. developers to create food-waste-combatting solutions...

France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program
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France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

France is set to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to provide its citizens secure digital identities.

UBC Study Highlights Need to Improve Healthcare Access in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle
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UBC Study Highlights Need to Improve Healthcare Access in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle

A study by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada yielded a data science technique for analyzing how easily citizens can access hospitals...

Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One
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Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One

Two U.S. congressmen created an artificial intelligence-doctored political video to demonstrate the threat such disinformation presents.

EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin
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EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a system that represents a new, low-cost way to think about cryptocurrencies.

High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars
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High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars

Some companies are considering the use of high-tech sensors to address self-driving cars'  limited ability to safely maneuver in traffic and see clearly in all...

Virtual Airport to Improve Accessibility for Passengers with Additional Mobility Needs
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Virtual Airport to Improve Accessibility for Passengers with Additional Mobility Needs

Scientists in the U.K. have built a virtual airport environment in order to find ways to improve the air travel experience for passengers with mobility restrictions...

Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia
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Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia

A report from the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village conference described the discovery of a hack for commandeering ballot-scanning machines similar to those...

Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under
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Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under

High-tech aerial drones known as "croc spotters," which patrol along riverbeds to detect crocodiles, recently were tested in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
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