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Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought
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Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study.

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells
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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday...

Big Names in Statistics Want to Shake Up Much-Maligned P Value
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Big Names in Statistics Want to Shake Up Much-Maligned P Value

Science is in the throes of a reproducibility crisis, and researchers, funders and publishers are increasingly worried that the scholarly literature is littered...

New Grid Study Sees U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
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New Grid Study Sees U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

The U.S. needs to do more to protect its electrical grid against high-impact cyberattacks, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine...

Two Groups Both Win $7.5M to Study AI, Autonomous Systems
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Two Groups Both Win $7.5M to Study AI, Autonomous Systems

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $15 million to two Cornell University research teams to pursue autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley
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There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley

Programming jobs have spread across the U.S. and pooled in other metro areas outside of Silicon Valley, according to data from Glassdoor.

Meet UrduScript, the First Urdu-Based Programming Language
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Meet UrduScript, the First Urdu-Based Programming Language

UrduScript is a new programing language that makes it easier for beginners to learn programming concepts.

The Data that Transformed AI Research, and Possibly the World
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The Data that Transformed AI Research, and Possibly the World

It's not about the algorithm.

Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint
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Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.

CPU Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?
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CPU Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?

Views differ on how central-processing unit architecture will proceed as Moore's Law becomes increasingly irrelevant.

Five Times the Computing Power
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Five Times the Computing Power

Researchers have developed a method to increase by the computing power of a standard algorithm when performed on a field-programmable gate array.

Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks
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Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks

Researchers have definitively demonstrated the strength of a 128-bit digital lock for cybersecurity applications.

UCLA Research Offers Clearest Evidence of Long-Sought Majorana Particle
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UCLA Research Offers Clearest Evidence of Long-Sought Majorana Particle

A research team has uncovered evidence for the existence of the Majorana particle.

AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'
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AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'

A new machine-learning algorithm can predict which characters on "Game of Thrones" will die next.

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube
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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights
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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

New Camera Designed by Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality
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New Camera Designed by Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality

A new four-dimensional camera captures almost 140 degrees of information, with implications for robot visual perception and virtual reality.

Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies
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Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies

Disney researchers applied deep-learning neural networks to develop a new way of evaluating movie audiences' reactions using facial expressions.
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