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Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable
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Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable

A new open-source program combines the functions of a word processor with other things one might need when writing scientific research papers.

Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel
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Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel

Researchers have developed a hand-tracking system to determine how long it would take a driver to assume control of a self-driving car in an emergency.

Can You Hear Me Now?
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Can You Hear Me Now?

Columbia University researchers achieve a meeting of minds on Artificial Intelligence-assisted hearing technology.

Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make
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Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make

Researchers developed a digital tool that generates fabrication instructions and solves problems with techniques from programming languages when users design woodworking...

New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming
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New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming

Researchers have developed a streaming technology that will allow a VR headsets to display computer games in extremely high quality.

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before
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Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

The computational power needed to train AI models is doubling at a rate seven times faster than before.

Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences
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Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Exploring the unintended consequences of human-algorithmic partnerships, researchers analyzed algorithms intended to reduce Virginia prison populations by assigning...

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux
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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148...

Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work
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Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work

Scientists have developed a test to verify that a quantum computer is providing correct answers to questions outside the scope of traditional computing.

UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019
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UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019

The Living Computers museum in Seattle has been running UNIX version 0 on a DEC PDP-7 minicomputer.

China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors
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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

Chinese officials have unveiled guidelines for limiting online videogame use by persons under 18, claiming it hurts health and learning.

GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges
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GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges

Microsoft-owned GitHub's annual Octoverse report said its software developer community now exceeds 40 million developers.

A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job
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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

HireVue claims it uses artificial intelligence to decide who's best for a job. Outside experts call it 'profoundly disturbing.'

Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records
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Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records

A bicycle designed by a software applicaiton helped two competitors set the women's and men's world records for fastest human-powered vehicle last month.

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.
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