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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Researchers are using deep-learning convolutional neural networks to analyze retinal photos to predict a person's blood pressure, age, and smoking status.

Cracking the Brain's Enigma Code
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Cracking the Brain's Enigma Code

Brain-controlled prosthetic devices have the potential to dramatically improve the lives of people with limited mobility resulting from injury or disease.

The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy
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The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy

To participate in today's global economy, ordinary people must accept an asymmetrical bargain: their lives are transparent to states, banks and corporations, whereas...

Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? Seti Tunes In to 'oumuamua
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Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? Seti Tunes In to 'oumuamua

Ever since its discovery in mid-October as it passed by Earth already outbound from our solar system, the mysterious object dubbed 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "first...

­ltrasound Could Offer Noninvasive Treatment For Parkinson's and Depression
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­ltrasound Could Offer Noninvasive Treatment For Parkinson's and Depression

A macaque monkey sat in front of a computer. A yellow square—the target—appeared in the periphery on the left side of the screen. After a few seconds delay, a second...

Could AI Be the Future of Fake News and Product Reviews?
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Could AI Be the Future of Fake News and Product Reviews?

Researchers are experimenting with artificial intelligence-based techniques for automatically generating convincing online reviews, such as bogus restaurant critiques...

Astronomers Are Finally Mapping the 'dark Side' of the Milky Way
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Astronomers Are Finally Mapping the 'dark Side' of the Milky Way

Think of the Milky Way—or search for pictures of it online—and you'll see images of a standard spiral galaxy viewed face-on, a sprawling pinwheel of starlight and...

Ada Lovelace Day Honors 'the First Computer Programmer'
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Ada Lovelace Day Honors 'the First Computer Programmer'

Pioneering 19th-century English mathematician Ada Lovelace is honored on the second Tuesday of every October for her contributions to computer programming.

Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue
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Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue

The ability to convert, or "reprogram" cells into other types has raised hopes for regenerating damaged limbs and organs. But existing methods are risky or inefficient...

Cryptographers and Geneticists ­nite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See
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Cryptographers and Geneticists ­nite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See

Stanford University cryptographer Dan Boneh and geneticist Gill Bejerano have developed a secure multiparty computation algorithm to discover disease-linked genetic...

Intelligence and the Dna Revolution
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Intelligence and the Dna Revolution

More than 60 years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid—better known as DNA. Today, for the cost...

The Imperfect Crime: How the Wannacry Hackers Could Get Nabbed
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The Imperfect Crime: How the Wannacry Hackers Could Get Nabbed

When hackers unleashed the WannaCry "ransomware" in mid-May, not only did they wreak havoc on European hospitals, telecoms and railways, they also made off with...

Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI
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Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI

When Jason Matheny joined the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as a program manager in 2009, he made a habit of chatting to the organization's...

Ever-Elusive Neutrinos Spotted Bouncing Off Nuclei For the First Time
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Ever-Elusive Neutrinos Spotted Bouncing Off Nuclei For the First Time

Neutrinos are famously antisocial. Of all the characters in the particle physics cast, they are the most reluctant to interact with other particles.

Robots, Start Your Engines!
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Robots, Start Your Engines!

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 
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How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars!

Lhc Physicists ­nveil a Charming New Particle
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Lhc Physicists ­nveil a Charming New Particle

Physicists using the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, have discovered a new kind of heavy particle, they announced...

Light-Powered Computers Brighten Ai's Future
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Light-Powered Computers Brighten Ai's Future

The idea of building a computer that uses light rather than electricity goes back more than half a century.

World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks
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World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

Thousands of scientists worldwide tap into CERN's computer networks each day in their quest to better understand the fundamental structure of the universe.

20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
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20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.
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