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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias
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Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias

Researchers found that facial recognition systems show bias toward certain facial expressions.

Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather
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Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather

Designers and appliance makers increasingly rely on a host of technological innovations to update the traditional tasks of cooking, storing and cleaning up.

Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies
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Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies

Popular disaster applications are violating their privacy policies by continuing to track users' whereabouts, or providing personal information to third parties...

'Extremely Aggressive' Internet Censorship Spreads in the World's Democracies
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'Extremely Aggressive' Internet Censorship Spreads in the World's Democracies

University of Michigan researchers used an automated censorship tracking system to demonstrate that online censorship is proliferating in even the freest countries...

Stretchable Sensor Gives Robots, VR a Human Touch
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Stretchable Sensor Gives Robots, VR a Human Touch

Cornell University researchers have developed a fiber-optic sensor that can be use in a stretchable skin to sense deformations like pressure, bending, and strain...

'Most Secure' U.S. Election Not Without Problems
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'Most Secure' U.S. Election Not Without Problems

Although federal officials declared the 2020 presidential election the "most secure in American history," there were still technical problems.

Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms
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Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms

Tyson Foods CEO Dean Banks said the U.S. meatpacking company is using infection-tracking algorithms and employee testing to protect workers from a Covid-19 surge...

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

A Measure of Smell
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A Measure of Smell

Computer scientists, neurobiologists, and a master-perfumer at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a framework for odors that maps how they are...

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough
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Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough

City College of New York researchers say they have developed a quantum algorithm with the potential to study a class of many-electron quantums system using quantum...

 Future Series: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology and Systemic Risk
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Future Series: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology and Systemic Risk

Unless action is taken now, by 2025 next generation technology, on which the world will increasingly rely, has the potential to overwhelm the defences of the global...

Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears
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Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears

Silicon Valley software developers have trained facial recognition technology to monitor individual bears, as part of a project called BearID.

AI May Help Identify Patients with Early-Stage Dementia
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AI May Help Identify Patients with Early-Stage Dementia

Scientists are exploring whether artificial intelligence can help clinicians better identify patients with early-stage dementia.

Implantable Device Can Monitor, Treat Heart Disease
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Implantable Device Can Monitor, Treat Heart Disease

Researchers designed a rubbery bioelectronic cardiac patch that can be implanted on the heart to monitor its health. 
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