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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landa in Germany developed a robotic system that was able to successfully clean at least 80% of the liquid from on and around a toilet, and remove trash from a bathroom floor.

C Language Update Puts Backward Compatibility First

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00

A working draft of the standard for the next C programming language revision is available for review. Most changes that have thus far been approved clarify and refine how C should behave in different implementations and in comparison to C++.

Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:24

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram, the kelvin and the mole.

Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:15

We are all, quite literally, made of star dust. Many of the chemicals that compose our planet and our bodies were formed directly by stars.

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:00

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.

Inside Nike's Store of the Future

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:00

Nike new flagship store in New York City is focused on personalized, experiential shopping, allowing shoppers with the Nike app to check out items via phone, request deliveries to dressing rooms, and schedule appointments with a stylist.

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:00

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute aims to expand the boundaries of technology and protect people when that technology or its users pose a threat.

Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:00

The Christiana Care Health System was awarded the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for its use of virtual reality technology to improve patients' experience during chemotherapy.

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:00

The use of artificial intelligence in disaster relief is gaining favor as weather-related catastrophes grow in frequency and severity.

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:45

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture about it, as it seeks to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies.

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:33

In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system.

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:20

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight long minutes to regain control of the aircraft.

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

A new system can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.

The Big Spenders in Research and Development

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

Global technological research and development spending will top $2 trillion this year, according to R&D Magazine's 2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast.

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S. schools.

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

Ants' pheromone-laying and -following behavior has inspired an algorithm that uses artificial ants in a virtual environment to solve optimization problems.

Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

D-Wave offers access to a cloud-based quantum application environment.

Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:58

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:34

The technology projects two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient's body.

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:29

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.

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