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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...

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.

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

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

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.

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...

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.

Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline
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Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline

Researchers have created a drone that transports pollen between flowers.

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
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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

University of Michigan computer scientists are researching micro mote computers.

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

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.
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