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Iowa State Engineers Develop Micro-Tentacles So Tiny Robots Can Handle Delicate Objects
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Iowa State Engineers Develop Micro-Tentacles So Tiny Robots Can Handle Delicate Objects

Iowa State University researchers have developed spiraling microrobotic tentacles which they say will enable robots to handle delicate objects.

Girls Who Code From Around Globe
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Girls Who Code From Around Globe

Iridescent's Technovation World Pitch Challenge is an opportunity for pre-college girls with an interest in technology entrepreneurship to win $20,000 in seed funding...

Storing Digital Data for Eternity
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Storing Digital Data for Eternity

Vint Cerf is sometimes called the "father of the Internet." He helped develop TCP/IP (the communications protocol for the Internet) and later became chairman of...

The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?
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The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?

What are the consequences of the same searches yielding different results for different people?

In Search for Alien Life, Experts Reveal Cutting-Edge Science
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In Search for Alien Life, Experts Reveal Cutting-Edge Science

Where can scientists find clues to help them locate and understand life beyond Earth?

Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled
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Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled

It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility...

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?
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Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.

Streamlined Cockroaches Inspire Highly Maneuverable Robots
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Streamlined Cockroaches Inspire Highly Maneuverable Robots

University of California, Berkeley researchers are trying to emulate in robots the ability of cockroaches to roll and scoot through gaps.

Morgan State University Professor Kevin Kornegay Is Leading New Internet of Things Initiative
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Morgan State University Professor Kevin Kornegay Is Leading New Internet of Things Initiative

Research conducted at Morgan State University promises to make devices that make up the Internet of Things safer. 

Army Computer Scientist Streamlines Network Science
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Army Computer Scientist Streamlines Network Science

Researchers have developed an experimental infrastructure to dynamically create, deploy, and manage virtual clusters of heterogeneous nodes within a cloud. 

UC Santa Cruz Team Introduces New Web-Based Tools for Finding Videogames
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UC Santa Cruz Team Introduces New Web-Based Tools for Finding Videogames

GameNet and GameSage are two Web-based tools to help game players find new games suited to their individual tastes. 

Growing Pains for Deep Learning
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Growing Pains for Deep Learning

Neural networks, which support online image search and speech recognition, eventually will drive more advanced services.

Bringing Big Data to the Big Tent
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Bringing Big Data to the Big Tent

Open source tools assist data science.

ACM Announces 2014 Award Recipients
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ACM Announces 2014 Award Recipients

Recognizing excellence in technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and information technology.

What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?
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What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?

Given the amount of mobile phone traffic that cell phone towers transmit, it is no wonder law enforcement agencies target these devices as a rich source of data...

How the U.S. Finally Tracked Down a Hacker Kingpin
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How the U.S. Finally Tracked Down a Hacker Kingpin

For the U.S., the extradition of Ercan Findikoglu shows the value of patience when it comes to pursuing suspected hacker kingpins.

Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You
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Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You

The importance of tracking motorist behavior will grow as more automated vehicles are rolled out, especially as it relates to the issue of assigning liability in...

Building the Face of a Criminal from DNA
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Building the Face of a Criminal from DNA

The face of a killer constructed from DNA left at the scene of a crime: it sounds like science fiction. But revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes...

AI's Next Frontier: Machines That Understand Language
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AI's Next Frontier: Machines That Understand Language

With the help of neural networks—vast networks of machines that mimic the web of neurons in the human brain—Facebook can recognize your face.
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