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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.

Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars
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Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robot drone that can traverse rough terrain.

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.

Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots
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Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots

Researchers designed a system integrating artificial skin with control algorithms, which they used to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body...

3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold
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3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold

Scientists have developed a nanoscale three-dimensional printing methodology that maintains resolution and is 1,000 times faster than conventional two-photon lithography...

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...

AAA Warns Pedestrian Detection Systems Don't Work When Needed Most
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AAA Warns Pedestrian Detection Systems Don't Work When Needed Most

Study finds safety systems fail at night, when the majority of pedestrian vehicle fatalities occur.

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components
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Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Scientists at China's OPPO ZIWU Cyber Security Lab, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University identified eight flaws in Android's...

Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI
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Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI

Novartis and Microsoft have agreed to a five-year partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new drugs faster, and with greater precision.

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.

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...

Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good
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Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good

U.S. teenagers are forming hacking clubs and attempting to persuade their parents and teachers that hacking is not necessarily a malign vocation.

'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial
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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.

People Are Overconfident About Identifying Phishing Emails
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People Are Overconfident About Identifying Phishing Emails

The results of a new study suggest that people may be overconfident in their ability to identify email phishing scams.
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