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Researchers Tinker With Flying, Rolling RFID-Sensorized Robots
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Researchers Tinker With Flying, Rolling RFID-Sensorized Robots

A team of researchers have developed a prototype robot-based environmental-measuring system from commercially available components. 

Could Hackers Take Down a City?
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Could Hackers Take Down a City?

Researchers warn of the possibility of cyberattackers crippling a city because of urban centers' increasing reliance on technology. 

To Inspire Software and Hardware Developers, Intel Gets Bold and Very Weird
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To Inspire Software and Hardware Developers, Intel Gets Bold and Very Weird

It was about 10 seconds into the robotic spider dance that you had to remind yourself you were watching a presentation by the world's largest chipmaker, Intel.

Superconductivity Record Sparks Wave of Follow-Up Physics
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Superconductivity Record Sparks Wave of Follow-Up Physics

Hydrogen sulfide—the compound responsible for the smell of rotten eggs—conducts electricity with zero resistance at a record high temperature of 203 kelvin (–70...

Georgia Tech Finds 11 Security Flaws in Popular Internet Browsers Using New Analysis Method
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Georgia Tech Finds 11 Security Flaws in Popular Internet Browsers Using New Analysis Method

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have received $100,000 from Facebook to continue research that will help make the Internet safer. 

Natural Selection: Mama Robot Builds Self-Evolving Baby-Bots
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Natural Selection: Mama Robot Builds Self-Evolving Baby-Bots

The theory of natural selection popularised by Charles Darwin has now been demonstrated in robots.

Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods
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Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods

Scientists trying to build a better robot are encouraged by the latest steps, however tentative, of a humanoid named Atlas.

AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game
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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

A team of researchers has used a detailed computer analysis of the 2013-2014 Spanish football league to better understand various teams' different patterns of play...

Using Online Health Forums to Serve Underserved Communities
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Using Online Health Forums to Serve Underserved Communities

A team from the University of California, Riverside, has found that men and women use social media and online health forums for different purposes. 

Will Barbie Pass the Turing Test?
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Will Barbie Pass the Turing Test?

Startups are beginning to empower toys with child-friendly speech recognition technology.

Baidu Explains How It's Mastering Mandarin With Deep Learning
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Baidu Explains How It's Mastering Mandarin With Deep Learning

In an interview, Baidu engineer Awni Hannun discusses a new model for handling Mandarin voice queries that tests found is accurate 94 percent of the time. 

AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game
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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

Who really calls the shots in team sports?

Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time
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Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time

You might be at work, but that hardly means you are working.

Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100M Yearly Drug Sales
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Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100M Yearly Drug Sales

A new Carnegie Mellon University study suggests law enforcement take-downs of online drug markets have largely failed to dent the traffic in drugs on the Dark Web...

The Rise of the Robo-Meteorologist
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The Rise of the Robo-Meteorologist

Microsoft researchers Ashish Kapoor and Eric Horvitz are using machine learning to make more accurate weather predictions over a 24-hour period. 

Could a Pen Change How We Diagnose Brain Function?
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Could a Pen Change How We Diagnose Brain Function?

Researchers have used artificial intelligence and a digital pen to diagnose dementia earlier than ever before. 

Bitcoin's Dark Side Could Get Darker
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Bitcoin's Dark Side Could Get Darker

Programs that can confirm data and hold or use funds could help enable an insidious dimension of cryptocurrency's criminalization, according to newly released research...

Flickr Photo Data Used to Predict People's Locations
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Flickr Photo Data Used to Predict People's Locations

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can predict people's location based on the photos they upload to the Flickr file-sharing website. 

Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione
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Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will zip past Saturn's moon Dione on Monday, Aug. 17—the final close flyby of this icy satellite during the spacecraft's long mission.

'Next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights for NFL Fans and Coaches
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'Next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights for NFL Fans and Coaches

As Richard Sherman sprints side-by-side with Calvin Johnson, who is running faster?
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