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Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak
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Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak

One of the worst epidemics in human history, a sixteenth-century pestilence that devastated Mexico's native population, may have been caused by a deadly form of...

HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale
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HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale

Baidu's Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Lab has released a modified implementation of the ring all-reduce OpenMPI algorithm for the deep-learning community...

Computer Bots Are Like Humans, Having Fights Lasting Years
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Computer Bots Are Like Humans, Having Fights Lasting Years

Software robots designed to fix errors on Wikipedia often engage in online fights lasting years, with bots repeatedly undoing each other's edits.

Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Medicine
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Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Medicine

Researchers say smartphone add-ons and applications are turning the smartphones into revolutionary medical tools.

Tricky Landing
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Tricky Landing

University of Cincinnati researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to test how fuzzy logic helps autonomous aerial drones overcome the difficulties...

New Resource for Optical Chips
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New Resource for Optical Chips

Researchers have demonstrated that silicon optical devices can reproduce physical phenomena used by high-end telecommunications optoelectronic components.

Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.C.
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Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.C.

Poisonous political divisions have spawned an encryption arms race across the Trump administration, as both the president’s advisers and career civil servants scramble...

Knight, Dr. John C.
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Knight, Dr. John C.

John Charles Knight, 69, of Charlottesville, VA, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017, after a courageous battle with hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death
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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat
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Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very familiar to us.

Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving
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Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving

Researchers are exploring unpredictable issues with autonomous car technology that might be solved with embedded software to avoid accidents.

Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities
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Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities

Instructional methods for science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate programs must change with education research, according to a new report.

Project Looks at Human Eye to Sharpen Sight of Robots and Drones
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Project Looks at Human Eye to Sharpen Sight of Robots and Drones

Researchers in the U.K. are working to develop advanced machine-to-machine communication systems that capture and transmit images from highly efficient vision sensors...

Rethinking HPC Platforms for 'Second Gen' Applications
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Rethinking HPC Platforms for 'Second Gen' Applications

Researchers in the U.K. are suggesting a new approach to high-performance computing infrastructure involving containerization is required by second-generation applications...

Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?
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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.

Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED
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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?
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Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.

Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?
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Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?

Michigan State University researchers have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made using an inkjet printer.

UC Berkeley to Join Major Tech Companies in Advancing 5G Networks
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UC Berkeley to Join Major Tech Companies in Advancing 5G Networks

The University of California, Berkeley is collaborating with several major technology companies in forming the 5G Innovators Initiative, which is focused on bringing...

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research
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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research.
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