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Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?
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Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?

Michigan State University researchers have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made using an inkjet printer.

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research
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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research.

Researchers Devise Efficient Power Converter for Internet of Things
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Researchers Devise Efficient Power Converter for Internet of Things

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Microsystems Technologies Laboratories recently unveiled a power converter that stays efficient at currents...

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

Paul Johnson's research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is applying artificial intelligence to earthquake prediction, using machine-learning algorithms,...

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds
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Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has announced funding to support large-scale collaboration methods that will improve intelligence analysts'...

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface
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Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

The new glassy-carbon electrodes developed by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering have the potential to restore movement in people with spinal cord injuries...

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade
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How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade

The inaugural Girls Who Code Governor's Summit in California last week emphasized solving the U.S. technology industry's lack of gender parity by developing standards...

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System
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Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Vanderbilt University professor Bharat Bhuva on Friday gave a presentation on single-event upsets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement...

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning
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Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

Examining each transistor in a microprocessor using techniques for analyzing how the human brain works did not yield anticipated understanding.

Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest
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Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest

Waggle, a wireless environmental sensing platform that combines environmental sensors with hardware and software for edge computing within a portable node or device...

IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster
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IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.

A New Spin on Electronics
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A New Spin on Electronics

Researchers have successfully demonstrated the production, transport, and detection of electronic spin information at room temperature, using the boundary layer...

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
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NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.

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...

Travel Transformation
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Travel Transformation

Researchers are using high-performance computing tools to analyze data collected from connected-vehicle testing.

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.
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