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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet
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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game
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AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated...

Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching By Ruining Their Music
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Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching By Ruining Their Music

New software identifies when musicians' posture is poor and gives them an audible notification.

Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline
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Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline

Researchers have created a drone that transports pollen between flowers.

Blind People 'see' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'see' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device

Purdue University researchers have developed a system that uses a haptic device to let people interpret visual information using their hands.

Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not If You're Drunk
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Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not If You're Drunk

Rochester Institute of Technology have found that although brainwave readings can accurately authenticate someone's identity about 94% of the time, there could...

Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter
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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin For ­ltra-Flexible Wearable Tech
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Transistor Stretchier Than Skin For ­ltra-Flexible Wearable Tech

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor that can be stretched to twice its length without losing conductivity, making it well-suited for...

Drones Inspired By Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged
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Drones Inspired By Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands programmed a robotic fly to mimic insects with different levels of wing damage, enabling them to examine...

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men
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Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men

New studies explore why women experience more motion sickness than men while using virtual reality.

Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers For Easier Engineering
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Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers For Easier Engineering

Researchers from the University of Sussex in the U.K. have replaced the millions of lasers in traditional quantum computing systems with several static magnets...

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist
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Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Artificial intelligence systems can form flawed and stereotypical word associations by learning from biased data samples.

Intelligence Rethought: Ais Know ­s, but Don't Think Like ­S
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Intelligence Rethought: Ais Know ­s, but Don't Think Like ­S

Machine-learning artificial intelligences become more capable with experience, but the trade-off is a lack of understanding about the nature of their intelligence...

Google's Deepmind AI Can Lip-Read Tv Shows Better Than a Pro
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Google's Deepmind AI Can Lip-Read Tv Shows Better Than a Pro

Researchers at Google's DeepMind and the University of Oxford are using deep-learning techniques to create a lip-reading system that can perform better than professional...

Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality
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Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality

Researchers have created a spoon with electrodes that can amplify salty, sour, or bitter flavors, and used thermal stimulation to mimic the sensation of sweetness...

Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich
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Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have designed eyeglasses with patterned frames that can obscure the identity of the wearer to facial-recognition algorithms...

Paralyzed People Inhabit Distant Robot Bodies With Thought Alone
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Paralyzed People Inhabit Distant Robot Bodies With Thought Alone

The European Union's VERE project aims to dissolve the boundary between the human body and a surrogate.

Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive
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Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive

Self-driving cars can learn the rules of the road by studying virtual traffic on videogames such as Grand Theft Auto V, according to a new study.

Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound
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Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound

This may have happened to you. You idly browse a pair of shoes online one morning, and for the rest of the week, those shoes follow you across the Internet, appearing...

Germany to Create World's First Highway Code For Driverless Cars
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Germany to Create World's First Highway Code For Driverless Cars

The first legal framework for autonomous vehicles was outlined in a recently proposed bill in Germany governing how such cars perform in potentially deadly crashes...
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