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This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years
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This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a...

5 Burning Questions With New IETF Chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper
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5 Burning Questions With New IETF Chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper

New Internet Engineering Task Force chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper lauds the organization as "a very special place because of the standards work it has done...

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?
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Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing "Money," one of the novels that defined the 1980s, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with another contemporary...

Who Owns Your Face?
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Who Owns Your Face?

It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.

A Novel Hybrid UAV That May Change the Way People Operate Drones
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A Novel Hybrid UAV That May Change the Way People Operate Drones

U-Lion is a novel hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle that can take off and land vertically in the manner of a helicopter, yet cruise horizontally like an airplane. ...

New Quantum Gadget Could Make Contactless Payment More Secure
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New Quantum Gadget Could Make Contactless Payment More Secure

Researchers have developed a prototype gadget that transmits secret quantum keys to encrypt data sent from a mobile device to a payment terminal.

Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks
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Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks

Researchers have found a typical office scanner can be infiltrated and an organization's network compromised through it..

Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans
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Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans

Computers have for the first time trained themselves to cooperate in games in which the goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for all players.

Protecting Web Users' Privacy
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Protecting Web Users' Privacy

Splinter is a new encryption system that disguises users' database queries so they reveal no private information.

NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
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NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs.

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
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Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans?

Berkeley Lab Researchers Target Chem Code for Knights Landing
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Berkeley Lab Researchers Target Chem Code for Knights Landing

Researchers are helping computational chemists prepare to compute efficiently on next-generation exascale machines.

Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'Skin' for Robots
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Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'Skin' for Robots

Researchers believe three-dimensional printing of flexible electronics integrating sensors and processing circuitry is key to bulk manufacturing of a robot "skin...

Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks
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Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to create tadpoles with pigmentation never before seen in nature.

These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other
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These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

OpenAI last week disclosed new research detailing the training of artificial intelligence bots to generate their own shared language.

Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever
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Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever

On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear's living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the...

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
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People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

Researchers have developed an intelligent routing algorithm designed to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams across a roadway network.

What It Means to {Codelikeagirl}
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What It Means to {Codelikeagirl}

The University of Rochester has significantly increased the number of female students graduating with computer science degrees.
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