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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...

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

You're having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering.

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...

Pasta Spirals Link Neutron Stars and the Machinery of Your Cells
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Pasta Spirals Link Neutron Stars and the Machinery of Your Cells

The conditions are vastly different, but the pasta is the same.

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...

Exomars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air
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Exomars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air

Sometimes breaking up is the right thing to do. On Sunday at 17:20 GMT, the twin spacecraft of the first stage of the ExoMars mission split in two – one of the...

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...

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End
From ACM Careers

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End

Is. Isn't. Is. Isn’t. Is. Isn't.

Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores
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Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores

Humble bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from...

Computers That Can Argue Will Be Satnav For the Moral Maze
From ACM TechNews

Computers That Can Argue Will Be Satnav For the Moral Maze

Computers that formulate arguments could lead to "research engines" to inform decision-making across a wide range of fields.

Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy
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Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy

Somewhere in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing.

Now You Can Play Angry Birds ­sing a Touch-Sensitive Second Skin
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Now You Can Play Angry Birds ­sing a Touch-Sensitive Second Skin

Researchers have developed a transparent, stretchable, wearable touchpad that enables users to control apps and games.

Expensive Drones Take Flying Lessons from Cheaper Stunt Doubles
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Expensive Drones Take Flying Lessons from Cheaper Stunt Doubles

Some of the best lessons come from the school of hard knocks. But some kit is too delicate or expensive to be subjected to this.

Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse
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Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse

Researchers are working to automate the detection of harassment, but one says humans do not agree on what constitutes harassment.

Libraries of Plastic Molecules Could Store Huge Amounts of Data
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Libraries of Plastic Molecules Could Store Huge Amounts of Data

One day your hard drive could just be a pile of plastic. Researchers have coded a word into short chains of plastic molecules, which could be used as a space-saving...

AI Reads Your Tweets and Spots When You're Being Sarcastic
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AI Reads Your Tweets and Spots When You're Being Sarcastic

Researchers at the University of Lisbon have developed a machine learning system that can identify sarcasm on Twitter by examining a user's past tweets.

Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data
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Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data

There's nothing quite like the human brain. Today, researchers at IBM unveiled their latest attempt to mimic it: an artificial neuron that switches between crystal...

Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build
From ACM News

Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build

Strike the invisibility cloak off your wish list. They are impossible to build for human-sized objects, says a new study.
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