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Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'Skin' for Robots
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Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'Skin' for Robots

Researchers believe three-dimensional printing of flexible electronics integrating sensors and processing circuitry is key to bulk manufacturing of a robot "skin...

Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks
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Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to create tadpoles with pigmentation never before seen in nature.

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.

These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other
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These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

OpenAI last week disclosed new research detailing the training of artificial intelligence bots to generate their own shared language.

Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever
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Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever

On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear's living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the...

Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer
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Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

Cells are basically tiny computers: They send and receive inputs and output accordingly.

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
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People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

Researchers have developed an intelligent routing algorithm designed to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams across a roadway network.

Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People
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Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People

Companies are developing and launching machine-learning technologies and applications to enhance the experience of disabled persons.

Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse
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Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Demis Hassabis, a leading creator of advanced artificial intelligence, was chatting with ...

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

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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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.

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

WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute
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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...

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

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality
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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...

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

DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future
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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...

Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus
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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.

Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data
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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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