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March 2017


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Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics

Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas say they have developed a material that can transform from an atomically thin, two-dimensional sheet into an array of one-dimensional nanowires.


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Seeing Sound

Seeing Sound

Texas A&M University professor Tim Davis uses sparse matrix algorithms to create works of electronic art by visualizing music.


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Using Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball

Using Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball

Disney researchers have developed ways to enhance virtual experiences involving interactions with physical objects by showing how a person using a virtual reality system can use it to catch an actual ball.


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'Girls in STEM' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM

'Girls in STEM' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM

Cleoniki Kesidis writes that a culture that tries to encourage girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields guilt-tripped her into pursuing such a career, which she found unrewarding and left.


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Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed

Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed

Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have successfully demonstrated that a quadruped robot can spontaneously change its steps between energy-efficient patterns.


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How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented hunt.


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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.


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A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel has created an artificially intelligent teaching assistant.


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WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute

WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Yanhua Li has proposed an alternative urban transit system that uses a hub-and-spoke configuration with shared shuttles.


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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.


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Research Leads to a Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology

Research Leads to a Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a way to "grow" thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon and use them as substrates on which to grow other electronic materials.


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Hash Function SHA-1 is Broken

Hash Function SHA-1 is Broken

The industry should be scrambling for upgrades.   


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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.


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The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous systems.


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Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus

Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus

The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is supporting research on deciphering the timing and sequences of bird calls.


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Molecular Motor-Powered Biocomputers

Molecular Motor-Powered Biocomputers

European researchers recently launched a research project that aims to develop a biocomputer based on highly efficient molecular motors that will use a fraction of the energy of existing computers.


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Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data

Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data

Software programmers, librarians, and others are archiving scientific data from government websites.


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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

OpenAI's Igor Mordatch is investigating new ways for machines to converse with each other.


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How Aristotle Created the Computer

How Aristotle Created the Computer

Modern computers would not exist without the influence of Aristotelean principles.


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DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future

DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this month will present the Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials program, which aims to develop a new generation of radiofrequency and millimeter-wave transistors…


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Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.


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Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down to breakfast in Bonn, Germany.


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How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules of the road.


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How Aristotle Created the Computer

How Aristotle Created the Computer

George Boole is often described as a mathematician, but he saw himself as a philosopher, following in the footsteps of Aristotle.


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Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London

Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London

Researchers have mapped out how readers of 18th- and 19th-century British novels felt emotionally about London.


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Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Researchers have created PickAR, a headset that uses AR technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders with greater efficiency.


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New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

A new Google Chrome browser extension dramatically upgrades Wi-Fi browsing speeds at an altitude of 30,000 feet.


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Beta Boom

Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.


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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it's possible that one of our closest neighbors also…


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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.

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