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Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language
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Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language

A new algorithm monitors a person's unconscious eye movements as they read, to assess their proficiency in a foreign language.

Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates
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Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a mobile application that can identify and track primates in the wild from facial photos.

Flying Beetle Cyborgs Guided With Tiny Battery-Powered Backpacks
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Flying Beetle Cyborgs Guided With Tiny Battery-Powered Backpacks

Researchers in Singapore have developed cyborg flying beetles.

U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training
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U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

The U.S. Army is creating a virtual duplicate of our planet in which to drill troops.

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms
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Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Researchers have used laser beams to manipulate a sodium atom and a caesium atom into a single, asymmetrical molecule, making it potentially useful for quantum...

Need a New Look? Facebook's AI Fashion Designer Has Some Ideas
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Need a New Look? Facebook's AI Fashion Designer Has Some Ideas

Researchers used generative adversarial networks to produce fashion items including handbags, jumpers, and T-shirts.

Computers Made From Human Cells Could Tell You When You're Sick
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Computers Made From Human Cells Could Tell You When You're Sick

Researchers say they have created the world's most complex biological computer, a group of engineered cells that could be implanted into the human body.

AI Cheats at Old Atari Games by Finding Unknown Bugs in the Code
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AI Cheats at Old Atari Games by Finding Unknown Bugs in the Code

A new algorithm plays Atari games and advances within them either by baiting an enemy to kill itself, or by exploiting bugs that allow the algorithm to cheat.

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Tennessee electrical engineer Jonathan Pace has discovered the largest-ever prime number.

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Maths fans can't get enough of numbers that are millions of digits long and can only be divided by themselves and one. Now, through a collaborative effort, utilising...

Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl
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Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl

Researchers have been developing a tool that can take a single image of a face and create an animated version that puts on either a happy, sad, or angry expression...

Researcher: 'we Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
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Researcher: 'we Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LabSix artificial intelligence team has demonstrated the first example of a three-dimensional object becoming "adversarial"...

Driverless Cars Could Let You Choose Who Survives in a Crash
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Driverless Cars Could Let You Choose Who Survives in a Crash

Researchers have developed a dial that will switch a smart car's setting from "full altruist" to "full egoist," with the middle setting being impartial.

This AI Can Tell True Hate Speech From Harmless Banter
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This AI Can Tell True Hate Speech From Harmless Banter

Researchers at McGill University have taught machine-learning software to identify hate speech by acquiring knowledge on how members of hateful communities speak...

Half the Universe's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found
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Half the Universe's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found

The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe—protons, neutrons...

Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood
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Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood

You won't read about a smaller robot than this one any time soon. It consists of just a single strand of DNA, and moves by taking tiny 6-nanometre steps—around...

Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You By Ultrasound Whispers
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Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You By Ultrasound Whispers

Researchers have developed a method to hijack intelligent voice assistant using sounds above the range of human hearing.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

There's something not quite right about humanoid robots.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

Researchers at Facebook's Artificial Intelligence lab have developed an expressive animated bot controlled by an artificially intelligent algorithm trained on hundreds...

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
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Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

Internet service providers can access the data on Internet-connected devices people use in their homes, even when those devices are set up to protect users' privacy...
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