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Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None
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Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from...

Microsoft Sheds Some Light on Its Mysterious Holographic Processing Unit
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Microsoft Sheds Some Light on Its Mysterious Holographic Processing Unit

Since it was first unveiled, we've learned bits and pieces about the hardware inside Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset.

Smartphone Speech Recognition Can Write Text Messages Three Times Faster Than Human Typing
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Smartphone Speech Recognition Can Write Text Messages Three Times Faster Than Human Typing

Smartphone speech recognition software gets a bad rap. Most users find the nascent technology to be frustratingly slow, and there are entire blogs dedicated to...

Reconciling Quantum Physics with Math
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Reconciling Quantum Physics with Math

Mathematicians explore the root of many problems in developing a proof for the Kadison-Singer problem.

GPUs Reshape Computing
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GPUs Reshape Computing

Graphical processing units have emerged as a major powerhouse in the computing world, unleashing huge advancements in deep learning and AI.

The Edge of the Uncanny
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The Edge of the Uncanny

Scientists are learning more about what makes robots and chatbots engaging.

Researchers Create 3D Faces From Online Photos to Defeat Face Authentication Systems
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Researchers Create 3D Faces From Online Photos to Defeat Face Authentication Systems

Researchers say they have developed a virtual reality-based cyberattack that can reproduce the human face well enough to trick face-authentication systems.

Princeton Develops 25-Core Chip for Servers
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Princeton Develops 25-Core Chip for Servers

Researchers at Princeton University have developed Piton, a chip they believe can significantly boost server performance while reducing energy consumption.

Harvey Mudd College Took on Gender Bias and Now More Than Half Its Computer-Science Majors Are Women
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Harvey Mudd College Took on Gender Bias and Now More Than Half Its Computer-Science Majors Are Women

This year, at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, for the first time, more women than men graduated with a degree in computer science.

How an Algorithm Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals by Studying Their Instagram Photos
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How an Algorithm Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals by Studying Their Instagram Photos

Researchers have trained a machine-learning algorithm to spot warning signs for depression on Instagram by analyzing the composition of posted images.

New Lever Language Builds on Python's Convenience, Aims for PyPy Speeds
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New Lever Language Builds on Python's Convenience, Aims for PyPy Speeds

Lever aims to be a general-purpose programming language similar to Python with the ability to compile easily to standalone executables.

Hints Suggest an Insider Helped the NSA 'Equation Group' Hacking Tools Leak
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Hints Suggest an Insider Helped the NSA 'Equation Group' Hacking Tools Leak

A group called the Shadow Brokers made headlines this month by leaking a hacking tool belonging to the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) team. Now this week...

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web
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Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991--25 years ago today--the public gained access for the first...

Seven over 70
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Seven over 70

Yet more proof that innovation isn’t only for the young.

Linux Turns 25, Is Bigger and More Professional Than Ever
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Linux Turns 25, Is Bigger and More Professional Than Ever

The Linux operating system kernel is 25 years old this month. It was August 25, 1991 when Linus Torvalds posted his famous message announcing the project, claiming...

Powerful New Metric Quickly Reveals Network Structure at Multiple Scales
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Powerful New Metric Quickly Reveals Network Structure at Multiple Scales

Researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Barcelona have developed a metric that bypasses the limitations associated with other methods of network...

Natural Scale Caterpillar Soft Robot Is Powered and Controlled With Light
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Natural Scale Caterpillar Soft Robot Is Powered and Controlled With Light

Researchers at the University of Warsaw have used liquid crystal elastomers to develop a bioinspired micro-robot that can mimic the gait of a caterpillar in natural...

Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than Humans
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Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than Humans

Although data-driven decisions can be biased and unfair, research suggests this same methodology may make it easier to identify such biases.

This Web App Will Warn You If You Are a Twitter Troll
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This Web App Will Warn You If You Are a Twitter Troll

Researchers have developed a Web application that tells users how harassing they are on Twitter, providing a numerical rating and examples of potentially harassing...
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