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NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations
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NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations

The U.S. National Science Foundation has taken action in 16-to-20 individual cases, most involving "very well-known academics," in which foreign ties were not properly...

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending
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China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending

The U.S. National Science Foundation estimated China's research and development funding is rapidly catching up to that of the U.S.

Trump Picks Computer Scientist to Lead NSF
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Trump Picks Computer Scientist to Lead NSF

U.S. President Donald Trump nominated computer scientist and Arizona State University vice president Sethuraman Panchanathan to be director of the U.S. National...

Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool
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Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool

Artificial intelligence researchers are trying to fix the flaws of neural networks.

Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed
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Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed

The open-source Julia language combines the speed of "compiled" languages such as Fortran and C with the interactivity and syntax of "scripting" languages such...

A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Philosopher Andy Clark reflects on what it will take for artificially intelligent agents to become more capable.

AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game
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AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game

A new artificial intelligence program beat elite professional poker players at six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker.

From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray
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From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray

Art historians are starting to utilize machine learning to provide empirical support for theories previously limited to the subjective eye of the beholders.

Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data
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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands
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How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands

Biologists the world over routinely pay companies to synthesize snippets of DNA for use in the laboratory or clinic.

Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind
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Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind

Universities on the continent are rapidly losing talent to industry in the United States and China, say scientists behind the initiative.

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the ­nited States
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International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the ­nited States

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington...

Largest Overhaul of Scientific ­nits Since the French Revolution Wins Approval
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Largest Overhaul of Scientific ­nits Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram...

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions
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World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight...

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet
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Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission...

Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not ­niversal
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Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not ­niversal

The largest-ever multinational survey on machine ethics found many moral precepts that guide a driver's decisions are not universal.

Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store
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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store

A future 'quantum internet' could find use long before it reaches technological maturity, a team of physicists predicts.

Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns
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Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year are set to become vastly more powerful, suggest...
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