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What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
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What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...

NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply
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NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water...

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017
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STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017

Employers expect Class of 2017 graduates with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will earn the highest average starting salaries...

Travel Transformation
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Travel Transformation

Researchers are using high-performance computing tools to analyze data collected from connected-vehicle testing.

Dual-Function Nanorod LEDs Could Make Multifunctional Displays
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Dual-Function Nanorod LEDs Could Make Multifunctional Displays

New light-emitting diode arrays can both emit and detect light.

Algorithm Can Create a Bridge Between Clinton and Trump Supporters
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Algorithm Can Create a Bridge Between Clinton and Trump Supporters

Scientists have proposed an algorithmic solution to minimize societal polarization by linking people with opposing viewpoints and assessing them on Twitter.

Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching by Ruining Their Music
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Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching by Ruining Their Music

New software identifies when musicians' posture is poor and gives them an audible notification.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire
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Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire

Brain scans appear to be better at discerning lies than polygraphs are.

Engineers, Computer Scientists Team Up to Improve Particle Simulations for Aerospace, More
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Engineers, Computer Scientists Team Up to Improve Particle Simulations for Aerospace, More

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are using a $3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to use advanced supercomputing to improve particle...

Now You Can 'Build Your Own' Bio-Bot
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Now You Can 'Build Your Own' Bio-Bot

A team of researchers has released a protocol for designing and building "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with light and electrical signals.

Protecting Bulk Power Systems From Hackers
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Protecting Bulk Power Systems From Hackers

New research explores worst-case scenarios in which hackers exploit security weaknesses in the electrical grid to cause equipment failure and blackouts.

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans
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AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have detected brain growth changes linked to autism in children as young as six months old.

Novel Technique Tracks More Web Users Across Browsers
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Novel Technique Tracks More Web Users Across Browsers

Researchers say they have developed the first cross-browser fingerprinting technique using machine-level features to identify users.

Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over CRISPR Patents
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Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over CRISPR Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld a series of patents granted for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to the Broad Institute of MIT and...

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention
From ACM News

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention

Responding to the rise in nation-state cybersecurity attacks.

Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded
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Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded

The skies are full of transient events.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Pushing Boundaries
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Pushing Boundaries

The recent Women in Data Science Conference provided a forum for female data scientists to discuss a range of topics in the field.

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections for Millions of Devices
From ACM TechNews

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections for Millions of Devices

The VUSec team at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands has demonstrated an exploit that undercuts a basic safeguard used in all modern operating...
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