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New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed
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New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed

In an engineering laboratory here, a robot has learned to screw the cap on a bottle, even figuring out the need to apply a subtle backward twist to find the thread...

MIT'S Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp
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MIT'S Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp

As Russ Tedrake flings up the garage door to the dusty MIT lab, light whooshes in, revealing a 360-pound humanoid robot hanging from a rope.

The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining
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The House Just Passed a Bill About Space Mining

For as long as we've existed, humans have looked up at the stars—and wondered.

9 Programming Languages and the Women Who Created Them
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9 Programming Languages and the Women Who Created Them

Women have made many important and lasting contributions to software development, including the development of programming languages. 

With One False Tweet, Computer-Based Hack Crash Led to Real Panic
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With One False Tweet, Computer-Based Hack Crash Led to Real Panic

A false tweet sent from a hacked account caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to fall and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to lose more than $136 billion in seconds...

New Technology Could Fundamentally Change Future Wireless Communications
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New Technology Could Fundamentally Change Future Wireless Communications

A new technique that can estimate and cancel out interference from a transmission allows a radio device to simultaneously transmit and receive data on the same...

Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Avatar
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Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Avatar

Researchers have developed a system to track the facial expressions of users wearing a virtual-reality headset and transfer them to a virtual avatar. 

Real-Time Data Sharing Can Make Airports Greener
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Real-Time Data Sharing Can Make Airports Greener

University of Lincoln researchers have created a new framework designed to reduce delays, improve efficiency, and curb pollution at major international airports...

Microsoft’s HoloLens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room
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Microsoft’s HoloLens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room

Demonstrations of augmented-reality displays typically involve tricking you into seeing animated content such as monsters and robots that aren’t really there.

How Stargazing Became a Numbers Game
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How Stargazing Became a Numbers Game

People have long thought of astronomy as the science of looking to the stars, but discoveries in the cosmos increasingly come from a different kind of observational...

NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe
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NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

Wolfram's ID Project Launch Touts ImageIdentify Function
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Wolfram's ID Project Launch Touts ImageIdentify Function

Wolfram Research's artificial intelligence-based Language Identification Project is equipped with an ImageIdentify function.

Better Predicting Flu Outbreaks With Wikipedia
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Better Predicting Flu Outbreaks With Wikipedia

A team of researchers has developed a method for forecasting the course of upcoming flu seasons by analyzing the views of Wikipedia articles. 

Project Oxford APIs Offer Facial, Voice Recognition Capabilities
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Project Oxford APIs Offer Facial, Voice Recognition Capabilities

Microsoft's age-guessing site, How-Old.net, is powered by Project Oxford, which now offers tools developers can use to incorporate intelligence into their apps.

Fast Track Program Invites Non-Traditional Roboticists to Help Bolster National Security
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Fast Track Program Invites Non-Traditional Roboticists to Help Bolster National Security

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Fast Track program aims to create a system for the rapid, cost-effective development of new robotics...

Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations
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Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations

Computer scientists have long known that evolution is an algorithmic process that has little to do with the nature of the beasts it creates.

Your Brain's Unique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity
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Your Brain's Unique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

Watch your language. Words mean different things to different people—so the brainwaves they provoke could be a way to identify you.

Forging Relationships
From Communications of the ACM

Forging Relationships

Michael Stonebraker didn't realize at the outset that it would take six years to create INGRES, one of the world's first relational databases.

Klaus Tschira
From Communications of the ACM

Klaus Tschira: 1940 - 2015

Klaus Tschira, the entrepreneur, software pioneer, and patron and supporter of scientific research who died unexpectedly on March 31st, 2015,  made numerous lasting...

Estonia
From Communications of the ACM

Estonia: A Model for e-Government

Over the next decade, the population of Estonia is expected to soar more than 600% as the country becomes the first in the world to open its borders to an influx...
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