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Hayabusa2 Prepares to Drop Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu
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Hayabusa2 Prepares to Drop Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is exploring Ryugu, an asteroid thought to contain water ice and other materials from the early solar system.

Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?
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Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?

High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and...

Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps
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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps

A new system allows a drone to fly through very small and completely unknown gaps using a single camera and onboard processing.

AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human
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AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human

Improbotics is an artificial intelligence-based comedy theater that includes a human, a puppet, and a cyborg.

3D Virtual Simulation Gets to the 'Heart' of Irregular Heartbeats
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3D Virtual Simulation Gets to the 'Heart' of Irregular Heartbeats

Researchers have created three-dimensional virtual simulations of the human heart, in order to stop potentially fatal irregular and rapid heartbeats in patients...

Putting Answers to the Test
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Putting Answers to the Test

A new algorithm creates plausible answers designed to distract students from the correct answer in multiple choice exams.

One Big Reason Why Women Drop Out of Doctoral STEM Programs
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One Big Reason Why Women Drop Out of Doctoral STEM Programs

Researchers have found that the fewer women who enter a doctoral program at the same time, the less likely any one of them will graduate within six years.

U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push
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U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push

U.S. technology giants, facing tighter content rules in China and the threat of a trade war, are targeting an easier way into the world's second largest economy—artificial...

Duolingo, CAPTCHA Co-founder Luis von Ahn Wins Prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize
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Duolingo, CAPTCHA Co-founder Luis von Ahn Wins Prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize

"It's been my life's dream to be able to invent new technology that can help reduce inequality by making high-quality education accessible to everyone."

Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025
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Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025

More than half of all workplace tasks will be completed by machines by 2025, according to a World Economic Forum report.

Google Grants €530,000 to Boost Irish Computer Science Curriculum Buzz
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Google Grants €530,000 to Boost Irish Computer Science Curriculum Buzz

Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, has provided a €530,000 (US$618,801) grant to Irish NGO Camara Education to double the number of TechSpaces in Irish youth...

Photonic Chip Promises More Robust Quantum Computers
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Photonic Chip Promises More Robust Quantum Computers

A team from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has developed a topological photonic chip to process quantum information, a breakthrough that could serve...

New Devices Based on Rust Could Reduce Excess Heat in Computers
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New Devices Based on Rust Could Reduce Excess Heat in Computers

Researchers have demonstrated that antiferromagnetic iron oxide, the main component of rust, is an inexpensive and promising material to transport information with...

JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration
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JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

Last Monday, we covered the new, updated, and way way better guidelines for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

Gravity Isn't Leaking Into Other Space Dimensions
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Gravity Isn't Leaking Into Other Space Dimensions

In our universe there is a big problem with gravity.

Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology
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Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

After three bitter years and tens of millions of dollars in legal fees, the epic battle over who owns one of the most common methods for editing the DNA in any...

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls
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Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has created a box that, when placed in a user's home, can track his/her physiological signals, even through walls...

Understanding Deep-Sea Images With AI
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Understanding Deep-Sea Images With AI

Researchers have developed a new standardized workflow for sustainable marine image analysis.

Making Computer Science Accessible
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Making Computer Science Accessible

The CSforAll initiative introduced an accessibility pledge to encourage companies and schools to eliminate some of the obstacles to computer science that disabled...
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