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The Secret History of Women in Coding
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The Secret History of Women in Coding

Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?

An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News
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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.
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Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.

A survey on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some...

Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost
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Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost

“Hard” borders could potentially become invisible in the next few years, but practical applications could carry high costs and intrusive electronic surveillance...

Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'
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Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'

Retired National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Warren Washington will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Software Reads Cardiac Data, Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease
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Software Reads Cardiac Data, Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease

New open source software can predict the risk of potentially deadly heart maladies.

Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires
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Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires

The Pentagon has launched a program to use artificial intelligence to analyze data collected by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement
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Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than conventional systems...

Retail Technology Aims to Bring Customers Back to the Store
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Retail Technology Aims to Bring Customers Back to the Store

A pair of startups are developing technologies to enhance the in-store experience for customers, retailers, and manufacturers.

And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain
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And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain

Disney Research computer programmer Derek Bradley won a Technical Achievement Oscar for his work on motion-capture technology used in the film "Avengers: Infinity...

Drone Captures Thousands of Years of Archaeology on Remote Scottish Islands
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Drone Captures Thousands of Years of Archaeology on Remote Scottish Islands

Last fall, the National Trust for Scotland commissioned a drone survey of the Small Isles archipelago, to precisely locate archaeological features.

Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet
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Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking
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40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking

A 40-nation coalition has agreed to mandate the inclusion of automated braking systems in new cars and light commercial vehicles, beginning as soon as next year...

Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather
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Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather

The U.K.'s National Air Traffic Services is testing an artificial intelligence system at London's Heathrow Airport to help guide airplanes in low visibility.

New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling
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New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling

A new computer program helps surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real-time operating room procedures, to help prevent surgical errors.

Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education
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Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education

Blockchain network provider Ripple has added 11 universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative.

Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'
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Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'

Intel has partnered with the U.K.-based soccer teams Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal to introduce its state-of-the-art True View system to each team's respective...

Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think
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Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think

Adding sophisticated features to vehicles to make drivers' daily commutes easier also make their new vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new...

'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale
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'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale

A robot equipped with artificial intelligence learned to recognize facial expressions by watching TV.
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