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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.

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.

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

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.

Half the ­niverse's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found
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Half the ­niverse'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...

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

How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own...

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 
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Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements....

AI Artist Conjures ­p Convincing Fake Worlds From Memories
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AI Artist Conjures ­p Convincing Fake Worlds From Memories

Researchers have developed a neural network capable of creating realistic photos based on real-world images.

Deepmind AI Teaches Itself About the World By Watching Videos
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Deepmind AI Teaches Itself About the World By Watching Videos

To an untrained AI, the world is a blur of confusing data streams.

Sneaky Attacks Trick Ais Into Seeing or Hearing What's Not There
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Sneaky Attacks Trick Ais Into Seeing or Hearing What's Not There

A new technique could be used by hackers to trick autonomous cars into ignoring stop signs or prevent surveillance cameras from spotting a suspect.

We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years
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We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

If there are advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way, we ought to be thinking about how to say hello to our neighbours.

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke
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Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people regain their mobility following certain neurological injuries.

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test
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AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test,...

Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written By Humans
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Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written By Humans

A neural network trained on poetry has attempted to write its own lines; ts best efforts can convince people they are reading the words of a human poet.
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