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Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles for Runway Renaming
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Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles for Runway Renaming

For decades, pilots heading into or out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in southeast Kansas have had three runways to choose from: 1L/19R, 1R/19L, and 14...

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles
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China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National...

AI 'Scientist' Finds That Toothpaste Ingredient May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria
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AI 'Scientist' Finds That Toothpaste Ingredient May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria

Researchers discovered that a toothpaste ingredient could be used as a drug against strains of malaria resistant to existing drugs.

NUS Engineers Invent Tiny Vision Processing Chip for Ultra-Small Smart Vision Systems and IoT Applications
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NUS Engineers Invent Tiny Vision Processing Chip for Ultra-Small Smart Vision Systems and IoT Applications

EQSCALE is a new microchip that captures visual details from video frames using 20 times less power than existing chips.

Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?
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Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?

A Dartmouth College research study found the COMPAS computer program performed about as well as humans at predicting recidivism.

Programmable Droplets
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Programmable Droplets

New hardware applies electric fields to manipulate droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them to test thousands of reactions in...

Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions
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Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions

Researchers in Japan used the K supercomputer to show incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals into weather prediction models can improve weather predictions...

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human
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Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Can you predict a crime?

A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save IoT
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A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save IoT

On a clear day this summer, security researcher Ang Cui boarded a boat headed to a government biosafety facility off the northeastern tip of Long Island.

Brain MRI, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language
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Brain MRI, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language

A new method using two types of computing technology can predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery.

New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time
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New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time

Researchers say they have developed a new dynamic statistical model to visualize changing patterns in networks.

Kettering University Students Converting Chevy Bolt Into Autonomous Vehicle
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Kettering University Students Converting Chevy Bolt Into Autonomous Vehicle

Kettering University researchers are participating in the AutoDrive Challenge, in which teams convert a Chevrolet Bolt into a Level 4 autonomous vehicle.

UC Riverside Research Will Help Protect Military Software From Hackers
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UC Riverside Research Will Help Protect Military Software From Hackers

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside say they are trying to protect important but outdated computers and software still in use by securing legacy...

Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator
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Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator

In 2013, James "Jimi" Crawford founded a company called Orbital Insight, barely noticed at the time amid the Silicon Valley froth.

NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?
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NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity...

How a 22-Year-Old Discovered the Worst Chip Flaws in History
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How a 22-Year-Old Discovered the Worst Chip Flaws in History

In 2013, a teenager named Jann Horn attended a reception in Berlin hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel. He and 64 other young Germans had done well in a government...

Pulses of Light to Encrypt Data and Protect Security of Cryptocurrencies
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Pulses of Light to Encrypt Data and Protect Security of Cryptocurrencies

Researchers have developed a frequency comb they think could encrypt data and bolster the security of cryptocurrency.

'Earworm Melodies With Strange Aspects'--What Happens When AI Makes Music
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'Earworm Melodies With Strange Aspects'--What Happens When AI Makes Music

The FlowMachines project has produced the first entire studio album co-created by artists and artificial intelligence.

Alibaba and Microsoft AI Beat Humans in Stanford Reading Test
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Alibaba and Microsoft AI Beat Humans in Stanford Reading Test

Artificial intelligence programs from China and the U.S. last week outperformed humans in a global reading comprehension test
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