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Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'Broadband' Moment
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Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'Broadband' Moment

Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day.

US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies
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US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia...

Wave of the Future: Terahertz Chips a New Way of Seeing Through Matter
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Wave of the Future: Terahertz Chips a New Way of Seeing Through Matter

Researchers at Princeton University say they have created microchips capable of transmitting and receiving terahertz waves.

Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs
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Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says his company is investigating and investing in technologies that promise to transcend the computing capabilities of current PCs and...

Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board
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Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

University of Michigan computer scientists are researching micro mote computers.

Fixing the Fake News Problem
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Fixing the Fake News Problem

Unsubstantiated information can spread like wildfire through social media; new tools aim to make it easy to track down sources of misinformation, no matter where...

Sensors Embedded in Sports Equipment Could Provide Real-Time Analytics to Your Smartphone
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Sensors Embedded in Sports Equipment Could Provide Real-Time Analytics to Your Smartphone

Researchers are experimenting with Internet of Things devices that can be embedded into sports equipment, as well as in wearable devices, to make data analytics...

Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time
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Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time

Researchers at IBM have created an elusive molecule by knocking around atoms using a needle-like microscope tip.

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter
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Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Put a tray of water in the freezer. For a while, it's liquid. And then—boom—the molecules stack into little hexagons, and you've got ice.

Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab
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Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab

Engineers at Corning's research lab in New York are developing new materials in their quest to expand the capabilities of glass.

UTS to Launch Programming Environment for the Quantum Era
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UTS to Launch Programming Environment for the Quantum Era

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia say they will soon unveil a quantum-era programming environment at the UTS Center for Quantum Software...

The Internet and Your Brain Are More Alike Than You Think
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The Internet and Your Brain Are More Alike Than You Think

Researchers say they have found parallels between an Internet algorithm and human brain activity that improve the understanding of engineered and neural networks...

Automated Rescue
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Automated Rescue

The Texas A&M University Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue builds robots that can work with first responders in search-and-rescue operations.

New System Makes It Harder to Track Bitcoin Transactions
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New System Makes It Harder to Track Bitcoin Transactions

Researchers have developed a program that could make it more difficult for observers to track any single bitcoin transaction.

NAE's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists
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NAE's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists

Seventeen computer scientists were among the 84 new members and 22 new foreign members recently announced by The National Academy of Engineering. 

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020
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Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.

AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once
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AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions...

Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor 'Trailblazing' Alum Grace Murray Hopper
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Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor 'Trailblazing' Alum Grace Murray Hopper

Hopper was an early computer scientist who foresaw the importance technology would have in daily life.

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
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Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control...

Long-Awaited Mathematics Proof Could Help Scan Earth's Innards
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Long-Awaited Mathematics Proof Could Help Scan Earth's Innards

Mathematicians say that they have solved a major, decades-old problem in geometry: how to reconstruct the inner structure of a mystery object 'X' from knowing only...
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