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NASA Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby
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NASA Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby

On Sunday, December 11, at 9:04 a.m. PST (12:04 p.m. EST, 17:04 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its third science flyby of Jupiter.

In Memoriam:  Andrew Birrell 1951-2016
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In Memoriam: Andrew Birrell 1951-2016

He specialized in "in the general area of operating systems and distributed systems, with occasional excursions into security."

Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks Up Human Pulse
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Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks Up Human Pulse

A dash of graphene can transform the stretchy goo known as Silly Putty into a pressure sensor able to monitor a human pulse or even track the dainty steps of a...

Microsoft, Code.Org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program
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Microsoft, Code.Org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program

Microsoft and Code.org have released a new tutorial for Hour of Code, an annual campaign held during Computer Science Education Week to encourage more students...

No Peeking: Humans Play Computer Game Using Only Direct Brain Stimulation
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No Peeking: Humans Play Computer Game Using Only Direct Brain Stimulation

A recent experiment demonstrated how humans can interact with virtual realities via direct brain stimulation.

Taking Back Control of an Autonomous Car Affects Human Steering Behavior, Stanford Research Shows
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Taking Back Control of an Autonomous Car Affects Human Steering Behavior, Stanford Research Shows

A research team testing the handover of driving from autonomous cars to human drivers found such a shift can be difficult for people if conditions have changed...

Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot
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Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot

Harvard University researchers have created the first self-contained soft robot.

Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?
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Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Researchers have added to the field of baseball statistics with the first analysis of hitters' performance when their team is either almost guaranteed to win, or...

Inside the Big Dish that Brought Us TV from the Moon 
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Inside the Big Dish that Brought Us TV from the Moon 

The Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, is one of the most elegant scientific instruments ever built.

Earth's Day Lengthens by Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find
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Earth's Day Lengthens by Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

There may never be enough hours in the day to get everything done, but at least the forces of nature are conspiring to help out.

Design Your Own Custom Drone
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Design Your Own Custom Drone

Researchers have developed a way for consumers to design and develop drones to meet their unique specifications.

MIT's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be
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MIT's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be

Researchers have developed an improved version of last year's LineFORM multifunctional snake robot that introduces modularity to the system.

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist
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Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Artificial intelligence systems can form flawed and stereotypical word associations by learning from biased data samples.

UCLA Professors Stride Forward in Robotic Technology Research
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UCLA Professors Stride Forward in Robotic Technology Research

University of California, Los Angeles computer scientists say recent artificial intelligence innovations are pushing robotic technology forward.

A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth
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A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth

Disney researchers have developed a model-based method of realistically reconstructing teeth for digital actors and for medical applications.

A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-FBI, Where Are We on Encryption?
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A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-FBI, Where Are We on Encryption?

The debate over encryption and government access to secured communications dates decades back.

Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth
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Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

NASA has released its Spinoff 2017 publication, which takes a close look at 50 different companies that are using NASA technology—innovations developed by NASA,...

CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court
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CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court

It was a tough day in US patent court for the University of California, Berkeley.

U.S. Lead in Quantum Computing 'Under Siege,' Says White House Cyber Adviser
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U.S. Lead in Quantum Computing 'Under Siege,' Says White House Cyber Adviser

The United States needs to invest more in quantum computing, according to Tim Polk, assistant director of cybersecurity within the U.S. Office of Science and Technology...
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