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Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous Uber Car's Fatal Crash
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Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous Uber Car's Fatal Crash

More than a second before a self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in March, the vehicle's computer system determined it needed to brake...

Albatross Robot Takes Flight
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Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created an albatross-like robot that can skim along the water's surface while also surfing the waves like a...

Using Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection
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Using Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection

Colorado State University's Jesse Wilson said he will use his Young Investigator Award from the Melanoma Research Alliance to further pursue non-invasive melanoma...

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use
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New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

Researchers have developed technology for translating neuromuscular signals into movements for prosthetic wrists and hands.

AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide
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AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers devised a new way to automate the contouring of tumor volumes using artificial intelligence and deep neural...

Computer Redesigns Enzyme
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Computer Redesigns Enzyme

Biotechnologists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands used a computational method to convert aspartase to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination...

Getting Hooked on Tech
From Communications of the ACM

Getting Hooked on Tech

Are technology companies maximizing profits by making users addicted to their products?

Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM
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Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM

Australia has allocated $600,000 for the development of a roadmap for increasing engagement and participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering...

UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues
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UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues

An engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles has developed a new three-dimensional printing method that can construct therapeutic biomaterials from...

How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem
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How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem

Researchers have deployed a network composed of platforms, weather stations, tributary monitors, and acoustic Doppler current profiles to attain information on...

'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees
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'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees

A "virtual safe space" tests the threats that face bumblebees.

The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play
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The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

A team of researchers has found that a team of robot football (soccer) players trained to mimic how infant humans walk can beat other robots trained on geometric...

ACM Announces 2018 Presidential Awards
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ACM Announces 2018 Presidential Awards

Three leaders honored for their contributions to computer ethics, education, and public policy.

New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights
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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

"In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?"

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness
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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Machine learning can artificially increase the brightness of photos taken in low-light conditions.

Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
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Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds

Cornell University researchers have developed an energy storage device architecture with the potential for extremely fast charges.

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

AI and Emotions
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AI and Emotions

What it will mean when your products know how you are feeling.

Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics
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Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics

Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is using a simple solvent to disperse carbon nanotubes at record concentrations without additives or volatile chemical reactions...
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