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With Wireless Optogenetic Tools, Neuroscientists Steer Mice Around Their CagesĀ 
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With Wireless Optogenetic Tools, Neuroscientists Steer Mice Around Their CagesĀ 

Scientists typically control the behavior of a lab mouse by enticing it with food or repelling it with puffs of air.

The Army's Looking Into Putting Bacteria Into Its Electronics
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The Army's Looking Into Putting Bacteria Into Its Electronics

If you're not familiar with the terms "synthetic biology" or "biohybrid systems," you may want to add them to your vocabulary.

Creating Videos of the Future
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Creating Videos of the Future

Researchers have developed a deep-learning algorithm that can take a still image of a scene and model a video simulating the future of that scene.

Stanford Engineers Create Prototype Chip Just Three Atoms Thick
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Stanford Engineers Create Prototype Chip Just Three Atoms Thick

A team of Stanford University engineers has demonstrated the possibility of mass-producing a three-atom-thick semiconductor of molybdenum disulfide as an alternative...

Intelligence Rethought: AIs Know Us, but Don't Think Like Us
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Intelligence Rethought: AIs Know Us, but Don't Think Like Us

Machine-learning artificial intelligences become more capable with experience, but the trade-off is a lack of understanding about the nature of their intelligence...

Big Data Analytics--Nostradamus of the 21st Century
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Big Data Analytics--Nostradamus of the 21st Century

Researchers from Australia's Griffith University accurately predicted who would win 49 of the 50 states in the U.S. presidential election using social media comments...

Why a Hacker Is Giving Away a Special Code That Turns Cars Into Self-Driving Machines
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Why a Hacker Is Giving Away a Special Code That Turns Cars Into Self-Driving Machines

The founder of startup Comma.ai has released a free software kit in an effort to accelerate autonomous vehicle technology without running afoul of regulators.

How Artificial Intelligence and Robots Will Radically Transform the Economy
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How Artificial Intelligence and Robots Will Radically Transform the Economy

Next time you stop for gas at a self-serve pump, say hello to the robot in front of you.

Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto's Icy Heart
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Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto's Icy Heart

Scientists are offering several new scenarios to explain the formation of Pluto's frozen heart-shaped feature, first spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in...

Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos
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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor...

Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?
From Communications of the ACM

Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?

Nations consider using defense systems that can make their own lethal decisions.

Containers Push Toward the Mayfly Server
From Communications of the ACM

Containers Push Toward the Mayfly Server

The container revolution represents a large-scale shift in thinking about multitasking systems.

Cracking the Code on Biology
From Communications of the ACM

Cracking the Code on Biology

Genetic engineering promises to revolutionize everything from agriculture and biofuels to medicine and food safety.

Rescue Robot 'Sees' With Drone Eyes
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Rescue Robot 'Sees' With Drone Eyes

Researchers in Japan have developed a prototype construction robot that can be used for disaster relief.

Researchers Explore New 2D Materials That Could Make Devices Faster, Smaller, and Efficient
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Researchers Explore New 2D Materials That Could Make Devices Faster, Smaller, and Efficient

An international team of scientists has conducted new research into two-dimensional materials, a class of nanomaterials only a few atoms in thickness.

Reuters Built Its Own Algorithmic Prediction Tool to Help It Spot (and Verify) Breaking News on Twitter
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Reuters Built Its Own Algorithmic Prediction Tool to Help It Spot (and Verify) Breaking News on Twitter

Reuters has developed software that automates the process of spotting breaking news.

Construction Greener and More Efficient With Intelligent Software
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Construction Greener and More Efficient With Intelligent Software

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Warwick have developed technology they say could boost the fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness of construction...

The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence
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The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia cofounder Chris Malachowsky is eating a sausage omelet and sipping burnt coffee in a Denny's off the Berryessa overpass in San Jose.

Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?
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Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?

Encryption keeps your secrets, until it doesn't.
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