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Planet Hunters Seek New Ways to Detect Alien Life
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Planet Hunters Seek New Ways to Detect Alien Life

In the search for life beyond Earth, false alarms abound.

Facebook's Really Big Plans for Virtual Reality
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Facebook's Really Big Plans for Virtual Reality

The office building on Facebook Way is in the unfinished style that honors materials like plywood, concrete, and steel.

Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles
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Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles

David Zarrouk of Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev has developed a robot that can move forward and backward by producing a continuously advancing wave...

Computer Model Predicts How People Perceive Softness of 3D Printed Objects
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Computer Model Predicts How People Perceive Softness of 3D Printed Objects

Researchers have developed a method to predict perceived softness and stiffness of three-dimensionally printed objects.

Microsoft Maps Out F# Language Upgrade
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Microsoft Maps Out F# Language Upgrade

Microsoft's upcoming upgrade to the F# "functional first" language will include new language capabilities and .Net Core support.

Integration of Novel Materials With Silicon Chips Makes New 'Smart' Devices Possible
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Integration of Novel Materials With Silicon Chips Makes New 'Smart' Devices Possible

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research Office have developed a method to integrate novel functional materials onto a computer...

Baidu Uses Millions of Users' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu Uses Millions of Users' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet giant, has shown what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph
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New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph

Disney researchers say they have developed a technique that can capture the important, yet subtle details of human eyes with a single facial scan or photo.

Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet
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Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet

China is poised to launch the world's first satellite designed to do quantum experiments. A fleet of quantum-enabled craft is likely to follow.

Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3D Maps as It Flies
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Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3D Maps as It Flies

When you're buzzing through the air at 60 kilometres per hour, it can be hard to take in the view. But now drones can create highly detailed 3D maps as they fly...

European Scientific Community Seeks Support for 5.3-Million-Euro Hybrid Cloud Build
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European Scientific Community Seeks Support for 5.3-Million-Euro Hybrid Cloud Build

Ten European research organizations support an initiative to create a 5.3-million-euro hybrid cloud platform for the European scientific community.

Physicists Find a Way of 'Bundling Together' Multiple Elements of a Quantum Computer
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Physicists Find a Way of 'Bundling Together' Multiple Elements of a Quantum Computer

Physicists have discovered a way of using multilevel quantum systems, each of which is capable of working with multiple "conventional" quantum elements.

Upcoming Tor Design Battles Hidden Services Snooping
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Upcoming Tor Design Battles Hidden Services Snooping

Tor project representatives say malicious Tor Hidden Services Directories will be addressed in an upcoming redesign, and are only an "annoyance" in the meantime...

New Movie Screen Allows for Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale
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New Movie Screen Allows for Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.

Rosetta Finale Set for 30 September
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Rosetta Finale Set for 30 September

Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.

Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts
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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts

The 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors predicts the transistor could stop shrinking in only five years.

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things
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Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light...

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards
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Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard.

Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future
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Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future

The market, currently dominated by professional and hobbyist makers, could be changing.
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