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To Invent the Future, You Must Understand the Past
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To Invent the Future, You Must Understand the Past

"You can't really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before."

What Would You See in a Black Hole?
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What Would You See in a Black Hole?

Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder...

At the Heart of Facebook's Artificial Intelligence, Human Emotions
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At the Heart of Facebook's Artificial Intelligence, Human Emotions

Facebook Inc. doesn't yet have an intelligent assistant, like the iPhone's Siri.

The cloud is dead. Long live the cloud
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The cloud is dead. Long live the cloud

Inspired by the tech behind the digital currency Bitcoin, IBM and Samsung are rethinking how connected devices connect.

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

Researchers have separated human voices from the background in a wide range of songs using some of the latest advances associated with deep neural networks. 

"Fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting
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"Fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

Researchers are using microscopic variations to "fingerprint" silicon chips used in consumer-product tags to combat product counterfeiting. 

Ears, Grips, and Fists Take On Mobile Phone User ID
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Ears, Grips, and Fists Take On Mobile Phone User ID

Yahoo Labs' Bodyprint is a biometric authentication system that could be used to replace PIN codes for smartphones.

Rehab Robot HARMONY Introduced by UT Austin Engineers
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Rehab Robot HARMONY Introduced by UT Austin Engineers

University of Texas at Austin researchers have developed a two-armed robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton. 

Vint Cerf on ACM, Internet Issues, and Quantum and Machine Computing
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Vint Cerf on ACM, Internet Issues, and Quantum and Machine Computing

Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet and vice president at Google, discusses modern challenges of the Internet, technologies of the future, and ACM. 

NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake
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NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake

NASA and its partners are gathering the best available science and information on the April 25, 2015, magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, referred to as the Gorkha...

Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the DSL Internet Technology, Dies at 82
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Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the DSL Internet Technology, Dies at 82

In the late 1980s, Joseph W. Lechleider came up with a clever solution to a puzzling technical problem, making it possible to bring high-speed Internet service...

The Mission To Save The Internet By Rewiring It From The Name Up
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The Mission To Save The Internet By Rewiring It From The Name Up

A international team has been quietly pondering how to rewrite the basic structure of the Internet—for our sakes.

Ancient DNA Tells a New Human Story
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Ancient DNA Tells a New Human Story

Imagine what it must have been like to look through the first telescopes or the first microscopes, or to see the bottom of the sea as clearly as if the water were...

Robots May Look Like Job-Killers, But It's Hard to See in the Numbers
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Robots May Look Like Job-Killers, But It's Hard to See in the Numbers

Robots are goosing the productivity of the world's factories, but does that mean fewer jobs for humans?

MESSENGER's Final Image
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MESSENGER's Final Image

Originally planned to orbit Mercury for one year, the mission exceeded all expectations, lasting for over four years and acquiring extensive datasets with its seven...

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

The cocktail party effect is the ability to focus on a specific human voice while filtering out other voices or background noise.

When Robot Personalities Mimic the Dead
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When Robot Personalities Mimic the Dead

The creation of robots with personalities mimicking celebrities and other deceased persons could be controversial in terms of how people may react to them. 

Online Voting a Step Closer Thanks to Breakthrough in Security Technology
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Online Voting a Step Closer Thanks to Breakthrough in Security Technology

Researchers say they have developed a new technique that could enable people to cast an election vote online, even if their home computer is infected with malware...

What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock
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What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

A new report released this week lays out the current state of research into massive open online courses. 

Detecting Human Life With Remote Technology
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Detecting Human Life With Remote Technology

Flinders University engineering students have developed new technology to detect human life that they believe is more efficient than published techniques. 
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