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Holograms From Sci-Fi Movies May Soon Become Reality
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Holograms From Sci-Fi Movies May Soon Become Reality

Researchers say they have developed a device that could generate the highest-quality holographic images ever produced and may lead to imaging technologies similar...

Atlanta Falcons to Win Super Bowl, Says Pitt Researcher
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Atlanta Falcons to Win Super Bowl, Says Pitt Researcher

The Atlanta Falcons will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, according to University of Pittsburgh researchers.

Wearable AI System Can Detect a Conversation's Tone
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Wearable AI System Can Detect a Conversation's Tone

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a system that utilizes a wearable device and artificial intelligence to detect whether the...

Israeli Scientist Wins Japan Prize for Cryptography Work
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Israeli Scientist Wins Japan Prize for Cryptography Work

Adi Shamir, a professor at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, is one of three winners of the 2017 Japan Prize.

Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump
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Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump

Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking...

Universe Neither Confirms Nor Denies Its Holographic Nature
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Universe Neither Confirms Nor Denies Its Holographic Nature

Cosmology is a funny kind of science. 

UM Researchers Awarded for Using Big Data in Medical Studies
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UM Researchers Awarded for Using Big Data in Medical Studies

The University of Michigan is receiving $3 million in funding from the Michigan Institute for Data Sciences to support three projects that will address issues in...

Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'
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Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NSCTA) recently held the first hackathon at the Adelphi Laboratory...

Researchers Develop Wearable, Low-Cost Sensor to Measure Skin Hydration
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Researchers Develop Wearable, Low-Cost Sensor to Measure Skin Hydration

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a wearable, wireless sensor that can monitor a person's skin hydration.

IU, NSWC Crane Partnering to Bolster National Defense Through 'Smart Tech' Agreement
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IU, NSWC Crane Partnering to Bolster National Defense Through 'Smart Tech' Agreement

Indiana University  and the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, have entered into a collaborative research agreement to improve military sensor technology...

Pollsters' Failures Signal Need for Changes
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Pollsters' Failures Signal Need for Changes

For opinion researchers, the unexpected outcomes of the Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential election signals it is time to reassess the kinds of data they gather...

A New Approach to 3D Holographic Displays Greatly Improves the Image Quality
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A New Approach to 3D Holographic Displays Greatly Improves the Image Quality

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology say they have developed a three-dimensional holographic display whose performance tops that...

In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets
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In Not-Too-Distant Future, Brain Hackers Could Steal Your Deepest Secrets

In the beginning, people hacked phones.

It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter
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It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fourth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4:57 a.m. PST (7:57 a.m. EST, 12:57 UTC).

Astronomers Explore Uses for AI-Generated Images
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Astronomers Explore Uses for AI-Generated Images

Volcanoes, monasteries, birds, thistles: the varied images in Jeff Clune's research paper could be his holiday snaps.

Computer Diagnoses Cataracts as Well as Eye Doctors Can
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Computer Diagnoses Cataracts as Well as Eye Doctors Can

Scientists at Sun Yat-Sen University in China are using a new artificial neural network to recognize and diagnose congenital cataracts as accurately as eye doctors...

Intelligence Agency Opens $325,000 Advanced, Automated Fingerprint Gathering Competition
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Intelligence Agency Opens $325,000 Advanced, Automated Fingerprint Gathering Competition

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's newest contest challenges participants to build an automated fingerprint collection system that matches...

NCSES Publishes Latest Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report
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NCSES Publishes Latest Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report

The U.S. National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics has published a report quantifying the underrepresentation of women...

Researchers Develop Heat Driven Transistor
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Researchers Develop Heat Driven Transistor

Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden say they have developed a transistor controlled by a heat signal instead of an electrical signal.

Trump Immigration Halt Casts Dark Cloud Over Next IETF Gathering
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Trump Immigration Halt Casts Dark Cloud Over Next IETF Gathering

The Internet Engineering Task Force's March meeting in Chicago could have a significantly reduced turnout because of the Trump administration's ban on admission...
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