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Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm for That
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Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm for That

Baidu's Big Data Lab has devised an algorithm that can predict crowd formation. 

A Japanese AI Almost Won a Literary Prize
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A Japanese AI Almost Won a Literary Prize

A short-form novel co-authored by an artificial intelligence has successfully passed the initial screening of a Japanese literary competition. 

Survey Finds Most Coders Are Self-Taught
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Survey Finds Most Coders Are Self-Taught

Most programmers are self-educated and have received little formal training, according to a new survey of 50,000 coders. 

A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany
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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

Pennsylvania State University paleobotanist Peter Wilf and colleagues have developed new software for identifying families of leaves. 

PolyU Develops Integrated iWheelchair System
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PolyU Develops Integrated iWheelchair System

A team from Hong Kong Polytechnic University has developed an intelligent system called the iWheelchair that promises to make life easier for users and caregivers...

Computational thinking, 10 years later
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Computational thinking, 10 years later

"Not in my lifetime." That's what I said when I was asked whether we would ever see computer science taught in K-12.

'Minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life
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'Minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life

Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism.

Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance
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Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance

Facial recognition software, scanners that detect weapons and cameras that spot nervous people are some of the technologies that could be used more widely to secure...

Locking Out the Hackers
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Locking Out the Hackers

New hardware and services are aimed at identifying malware before it has the chance to execute.

Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres
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Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres

Scientists from NASA's Dawn mission unveiled new images from the spacecraft's lowest orbit at Ceres, including highly anticipated views of Occator Crater, at the...

FBI Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent
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FBI Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent

James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is defending the agency's legal battle with Apple, saying it is about fighting terrorism and not about...

Why You Should Be Skeptical That Any Video Is Real
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Why You Should Be Skeptical That Any Video Is Real

Be careful about believing what your eyes are telling you.

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny
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How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny

The New Yorker magazine is using crowdsourcing algorithms to mine a massive volume of cartoon caption submissions to identify the funniest captions. 

Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code
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Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code

A Tor Project developer reports the project is enhancing its software to rapidly detect tampering to its network for the purpose of surveillance. 

Analyzing Twitter: Advanced Algorithm Predicts Likelihood of Online Protests
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Analyzing Twitter: Advanced Algorithm Predicts Likelihood of Online Protests

Arizona State University researchers have developed and studied an algorithm to help anticipate online protests via Twitter. 

Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow
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Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow

A new supercomputer simulation of the circulation of blood throughout the entire human body correlates very closely with real-world flow measurements.

A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany
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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

My dad is a wildlife biologist, and during road trips we took when I was growing up he spent a lot of time talking about the grasses and trees along the highway...

The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics
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The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics

The event was catastrophic on a cosmic scale—a merger of black holes that violently shook the surrounding fabric of space and time, and sent a blast of space-time...

How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?
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How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

You know that part about the FBI needing Apple's help to unlock a terrorist's iPhone 5C?

What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?
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What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?

Old Dominion University  engineers want to use Internet-connected cars as a cloud computing resource. 
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