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Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age
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Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age

Who was the first black president of America?

Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
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Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today.

How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses
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How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses

For doctors trying to treat people who have symptoms that have no clear cause, gene-sequencing technologies might help in pointing them to a diagnosis. But the...

New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good
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New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

A new study followed players of the computer games "Halo: Reach" and "StarCraft 2" to learn how they acquired and maintained their skill level.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM
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Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law two bills aimed at encouraging women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Disney Research Demonstrates Open-Air Wireless Charging
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Disney Research Demonstrates Open-Air Wireless Charging

Disney Research says its new quasistatic cavity resonance technology offers a way for mobile devices to wirelessly charge themselves.

A Revolutionary Atom-Thin Semiconductor for Electronics
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A Revolutionary Atom-Thin Semiconductor for Electronics

Researchers have developed a two-dimensional material that could revolutionize electronics.

3D Computer Models of Gigantic Archaeological Objects
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3D Computer Models of Gigantic Archaeological Objects

Researchers in Germany are employing contact-free digitization techniques to produce three-dimensional models of archeological artifacts.

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers for the First Time
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Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers for the First Time

Researchers at Lehigh University have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across Web browsers more accurately than the most sophisticated...

National Science Foundation Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State
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National Science Foundation Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will support interdisciplinary...

NASA Preps for Space-Based Laser Communications
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NASA Preps for Space-Based Laser Communications

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is preparing to demonstrate the feasibility of using high-capacity laser communications in space.

NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
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NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase

A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA...

Smart Cities Begin To Face Security Concerns
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Smart Cities Begin To Face Security Concerns

"The attack surface is growing faster than the protections."

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game
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AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated...

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs
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AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs

Out of the way, human, I've got this covered.

Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak
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Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak

One of the worst epidemics in human history, a sixteenth-century pestilence that devastated Mexico's native population, may have been caused by a deadly form of...

HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale
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HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale

Baidu's Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Lab has released a modified implementation of the ring all-reduce OpenMPI algorithm for the deep-learning community...

Computer Bots Are Like Humans, Having Fights Lasting Years
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Computer Bots Are Like Humans, Having Fights Lasting Years

Software robots designed to fix errors on Wikipedia often engage in online fights lasting years, with bots repeatedly undoing each other's edits.

Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Medicine
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Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Medicine

Researchers say smartphone add-ons and applications are turning the smartphones into revolutionary medical tools.

Tricky Landing
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Tricky Landing

University of Cincinnati researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to test how fuzzy logic helps autonomous aerial drones overcome the difficulties...
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