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The Science Behind the World Cup Ball
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The Science Behind the World Cup Ball

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.

Inside Portland's Plan to Battle Traffic Deaths by Hanging 'Smartphones' on Street Lights
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Inside Portland's Plan to Battle Traffic Deaths by Hanging 'Smartphones' on Street Lights

The city of Portland, OR, hopes to reduce traffic-related fatalities by equipping streetlights with sensors programmed to constantly detect speed and motion data...

Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools
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Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools

Fewer children in the U.K. are developing the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.

AgBOT That Slaps Watermelons to Determine Ripeness Wins Top Prize
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AgBOT That Slaps Watermelons to Determine Ripeness Wins Top Prize

A team from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received first prize in the third annual 2018 agBOT Challenge in Indiana.

Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good
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Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that uses input video to create photorealistic reanimations of portrait videos.

A Robot Has Performed Eye Surgery on Humans for the First Time
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A Robot Has Performed Eye Surgery on Humans for the First Time

Researchers used a robot developed to can perform eye surgery on humans to help six patients who needed a membrane removed from their retina to improve their vision...

New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate
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New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate

One of the earliest attempts to estimate the number of genes in the human genome involved tipsy geneticists, a bar in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and pure guesswork...

The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban
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The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban

Seven weeks after Iran's conservative-led judiciary banned the secure communications app Telegram inside the country, Iranians are still reeling from the change...

Iowa Dedicates $1 Million to Train Computer Science Teachers
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Iowa Dedicates $1 Million to Train Computer Science Teachers

The Iowa Board of Education has adopted suggested computer science standards, which set new learning goals for students.

Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed
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Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed

Harvey Mudd College researchers have developed a novel autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore the sea floor looking for signs of wrecked ships.

This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting
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This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting

A new machine learning algorithm can spot specific patterns in mathematical structures and apply them to extract interesting sequences from randomly generated ones...

UA Encourages Visually Impaired Teens in STEM
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UA Encourages Visually Impaired Teens in STEM

The University of Arizona is running a project designed to introduce visually impaired middle and high school students to career possibilities in STEM.

New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen
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New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen

"Before we work on artificial intelligence, why don't we do something about natural stupidity?" computer scientist Steve Polyak once joked.

Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star
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Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star

For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive...

GoFly Prize Unveils 10 Winning Designs in $2M Contest for Personal Air Vehicles
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GoFly Prize Unveils 10 Winning Designs in $2M Contest for Personal Air Vehicles

The first phase of the GoFly Prize competition for one-person air vehicles has yielded 10 diverse concepts.

Computer Algorithms Can Test the Dodginess of Published Results
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Computer Algorithms Can Test the Dodginess of Published Results

Researchers have developed a method for algorithmically gauging manipulation of published scientific results.

AI Drone Learns to Detect Brawls
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AI Drone Learns to Detect Brawls

Researchers used deep learning to develop a drone surveillance system that automatically detects small groups of people fighting each other.

Forgotten Corner of Europe Brought Back to Life, Thanks to AI
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Forgotten Corner of Europe Brought Back to Life, Thanks to AI

Researchers used artificial intelligence methods to learn of previously unknown political and cultural events which took place in a forgotten corner of the Austrian...

Researchers Investigate Potential Threat to Speech Privacy via Smartphone Motion Sensors
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Researchers Investigate Potential Threat to Speech Privacy via Smartphone Motion Sensors

Researchers have determined that smartphone motion sensors could be exploited to compromise speech privacy, albeit in limited situations.
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