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Enabling 'Internet of Photonic Things' With Miniature Sensors
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Enabling 'Internet of Photonic Things' With Miniature Sensors

Researchers have recorded environmental data using a wireless photonic sensor resonator with a whispering-gallery-mode architecture.

How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling Up the World's Electricity
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How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling Up the World's Electricity

Upload your latest holiday photos to Facebook, and there's a chance they'll end up stored in Prineville, Oregon, a small town where the firm has built three giant...

Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled
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Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled

Hadeel Ayoub slips a black glove onto her hand before beginning the swish of sign language that is meaningless to the untrained observer. Then she pushes a button...

The Last of the Universe's Ordinary Matter Has Been Found
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The Last of the Universe's Ordinary Matter Has Been Found

Astronomers have finally found the last of the missing universe. It's been hiding since the mid-1990s, when researchers decided to inventory all the "ordinary" matter...

'Everybody Dance Now': UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Technology to Alter Dance Videos
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'Everybody Dance Now': UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Technology to Alter Dance Videos

New technology can alter dance videos to make amateur dance moves seem more advanced.

Physicists Develop New Techniques to Enhance Data Analysis for Large Hadron Collider
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Physicists Develop New Techniques to Enhance Data Analysis for Large Hadron Collider

New machine learning techniques can significantly improve data analysis for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

Preventing Exfiltration of Sensitive Docs by Flooding Systems With Hard-to-Detect Fakes
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Preventing Exfiltration of Sensitive Docs by Flooding Systems With Hard-to-Detect Fakes

Researchers have proposed protecting important documents by generating so many believable fakes that attackers must either exfiltrate them all or attempt to find...

String Art From the Hand of a Robot
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String Art From the Hand of a Robot

A new computer system creates string art, an artistic technique in which hooks distributed on a frame are connected by strings back and forth until they form a...

Post Net Neutrality, Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Your Streaming
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Post Net Neutrality, Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Your Streaming

Researchers have found that Internet service providers are "giving a fixed amount of bandwidth...to video traffic, but they don't impose these limits on other network...

Deep Learning: Is It Approaching a Wall?
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Deep Learning: Is It Approaching a Wall?

As with all major technologies in their early phases, deep learning must overcome a number of serious challenges.

What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament
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What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament

Legislation now goes to a three-way negotiation within the EU.

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation
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How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

At a certain point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics. A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.

Beyond Deep Fakes
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Beyond Deep Fakes

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new method of automatically transforming the content of one video into the style of another.

Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code
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Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code

A study found 31% of developer time is wasted on routine maintenance work, draining $300 billion each year from global GDP.

Summer Computational Modeling Workshop Enriches Minority Students' Education
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Summer Computational Modeling Workshop Enriches Minority Students' Education

Students from two historically black institutions spent two weeks this summer learning digital skills from U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory scientists...

AI Helps Track Down Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts
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AI Helps Track Down Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts

Researchers used machine learning to discover 72 fast radio bursts from a mysterious source about 3 billion light years from Earth.

Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation
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Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation

Researchers have built a robotic gripper that can turn friction on and off to facilitate manipulating objects with one hand.

This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly
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This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly

Flying insects like bees, dragonflies, and fruit flies can perform impressive aerodynamic feats, particularly when seeking to evade predators or the swatting motion...

DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters
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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned...
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