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A Tight Squeeze for Electrons--Quantum Effects Observed in 'One-Dimensional' Wires
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A Tight Squeeze for Electrons--Quantum Effects Observed in 'One-Dimensional' Wires

Researchers observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional "quantum wires" and monitoring the interactions.  

Quantum Teleportation Was Just Achieved Over More Than 7 KM of City Fibre
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Quantum Teleportation Was Just Achieved Over More Than 7 KM of City Fibre

Quantum teleportation just moved out of the lab and into the real world, with two independent teams of scientists successfully sending quantum information across...

In Memoriam:  Boris Trakhtenbrot, 1921-2016
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In Memoriam: Boris Trakhtenbrot, 1921-2016

The mathematician discovered and proved the Gap Theorem, as well as what is now called Trakhtenbrot's Theorem.

Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities
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Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities

In 1938, anthropologists Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell set off on an 18-month, 29,000-kilometre expedition to survey Australia's indigenous groups.

Federal Officials Plan Aggressive Approach to Driverless Cars
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Federal Officials Plan Aggressive Approach to Driverless Cars

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday announced plans to aggressively influence the launch of driverless car technology.  

An Autonomous Fleet for Amsterdam
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An Autonomous Fleet for Amsterdam

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to test a fleet of autonomous boats.

Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool for Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools
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Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool for Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida plan to use a custom-designed videogame to improve educational outcomes in middle...

The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time
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The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers next month will make the first-ever revision of the Root Zone Signing Key.  

Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls
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Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Online forums and social media platforms are havens for trolls and bullies who launch campaigns of harassment can lead to the self-censorship of the people they...

In Backing Autonomous Cars, U.S. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out
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In Backing Autonomous Cars, U.S. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out

The Obama administration's approach to hands-free driving is remarkably hands-off.

Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation
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Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation

Last year, the US Department of Justice released a report that involved some painful self-examination.

Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?
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Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

This is the year artificial intelligence came into its own for mainstream businesses, at least as a marketing feature.

Remote Repairs, Healthy Crops, Police Surveillance: The Future of Drones, AR, and VR
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Remote Repairs, Healthy Crops, Police Surveillance: The Future of Drones, AR, and VR

The future, according to the world's largest vendor of networking gear, is all part of the Internet of Things.

Hubble Telescope Snaps Best-Ever Views of a Comet's Disintegration
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Hubble Telescope Snaps Best-Ever Views of a Comet's Disintegration

Building-size chunks of rock were photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in January as they broke free from a disintegrating comet zooming around the sun.

Loyola Faculty Win $280K Grant From National Science Foundation to Supercharge Research Computing Power Available on Campus
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Loyola Faculty Win $280K Grant From National Science Foundation to Supercharge Research Computing Power Available on Campus

Four Loyola University Maryland faculty members have received more than $280,000 to build the university's first high-performance computing cluster.

ORNL Helps Develop Hybrid Computational Strategy for Efficient Sequencing of Massive Genome Datasets
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ORNL Helps Develop Hybrid Computational Strategy for Efficient Sequencing of Massive Genome Datasets

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers say they have developed a novel hybrid computational strategy to efficiently discover genetic variants.

Google's Go Language Ventures Into Machine Learning
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Google's Go Language Ventures Into Machine Learning

There is a growing interest in having Go toolkits that take advantage of the language's conveniences.

Lightweight, Wearable Tech Efficiently Converts Body Heat to Electricity
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Lightweight, Wearable Tech Efficiently Converts Body Heat to Electricity

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics...

Confused About Those Emergency Cellphone Alerts? Here's How They Work.
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Confused About Those Emergency Cellphone Alerts? Here's How They Work.

Many New York-area commuters on Monday were interrupted by this alert on their cellphones: "WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9...

How Random Is Your Randomness, and Why Does It Matter?
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How Random Is Your Randomness, and Why Does It Matter?

Randomness is vital for computer security, making possible secure encryption that allows people to communicate secretly even if an adversary sees all coded messages...
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