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What a Dinosaur's Mating Scream Sounds Like
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What a Dinosaur's Mating Scream Sounds Like

Two years ago, Sean Murray, a video-game developer from the town of Guildford, outside London, announced an ambitious game that he had been working on in secrecy...

OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research
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OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle?

How Cooperative Research Is Shaping the Future Internet
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How Cooperative Research Is Shaping the Future Internet

European researchers are working with Japanese colleagues to build a framework for testing new network technologies. 

Exploring a New Frontier of Cyber-Physical Systems: The Human Body
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Exploring a New Frontier of Cyber-Physical Systems: The Human Body

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced $8.75 million in awards to two programs developing state-of-the-art medical and cyber-physical systems. 

Cutting-Edge Method Breathes Life Into Complex 3D-Printed Objects
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Cutting-Edge Method Breathes Life Into Complex 3D-Printed Objects

A team of U.S. and Chinese researchers has developed a technique for physically decorating three-dimensional surfaces with customizable color textures.

The Golden Age of Quantum Computing Is Upon Us (Once We Solve the Tiny Problems)
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The Golden Age of Quantum Computing Is Upon Us (Once We Solve the Tiny Problems)

IBM researchers recently announced a breakthrough in the quest to develop a functional quantum computer. 

The Computers Are Listening
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The Computers Are Listening

The U.S. National Security Agency's use of automated speech recognition has been a well-guarded secret for years, although its use by the agency is widespread.

This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds
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This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds

Careful what you leave in your lockers, high school students and gym-goers.

Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition
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Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition

Chinese search giant Baidu says it has invented a powerful supercomputer that brings new muscle to an artificial-intelligence technique giving software more power...

Hadoop Corporate Adoption Remains Low: Gartner
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Hadoop Corporate Adoption Remains Low: Gartner

For all the talk of Hadoop's potential to help companies leverage Big Data, corporate adoption remains low, a survey released today from Gartner Inc. found.

'Positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.S. Derailment
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'Positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.S. Derailment

The investigation into the cause of a fatal train derailment in the U.S. city of Philadelphia this week has already yielded its first conclusion: it could have...

IBM Demos CMOS Silicon Photonics
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IBM Demos CMOS Silicon Photonics

IBM researchers have demonstrated a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) silicon photonics chip.

Soft Robot to Swim Through Europa's Oceans
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Soft Robot to Swim Through Europa's Oceans

Cornell University researchers have received a nine-month, $100,000 grant to develop a soft, swimming robot that can explore other worlds.

Ants' Movements Hide Mathematical Patterns
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Ants' Movements Hide Mathematical Patterns

Spanish and U.S. researchers have proposed a mathematical model explaining how ants form their routes. 

Free Tool Reveals Mobile Apps Sending Unencrypted Data
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Free Tool Reveals Mobile Apps Sending Unencrypted Data

A new program will allow people to test whether their mobile data is protected. 

A First Big Step Toward Mapping the Human Brain
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A First Big Step Toward Mapping the Human Brain

It's a long, hard road to understanding the human brain, and one of the first milestones in that journey is building a … database.

IEEE: Computing 'Earthquake' Needed as Scaling Stalls
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IEEE: Computing 'Earthquake' Needed as Scaling Stalls

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Reboot Computing initiative plans to launch "an earthquake in the computing industry." 

Robots, Hungry for Power, Are Too Weak to Take Over the World
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Robots, Hungry for Power, Are Too Weak to Take Over the World

Today's robots may just be too hungry and unfit to take over the world any time soon.

Rise of the Machines
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Rise of the Machines

Elon Musk busies himself building other people's futures.

Light and Sound Together Might Be Just-Right Wireless Solution
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Light and Sound Together Might Be Just-Right Wireless Solution

RF and laser technologies cancel out each other’s shortcomings.
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