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Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning
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Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning

What if you stopped learning after graduation? It sounds stultifying, but that is how most machine-learning systems are trained.

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?
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What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an...

'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel
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'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel

Optical physicists Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking inventions in the field of...

New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen
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New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen

"Before we work on artificial intelligence, why don't we do something about natural stupidity?" computer scientist Steve Polyak once joked.

How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?
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How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?

Intel Labs' Jim Clarke observes that the race to develop the first practical quantum computer is fraught with challenges.

How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?
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How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?

The race is on to build the world's first meaningful quantum computer—one that can deliver the technology's long-promised ability to help scientists do things like...

The Most Important Inventor You've Never Heard Of
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The Most Important Inventor You've Never Heard Of

When The Economist called Stanford Ovshinsky "the Edison of our age," the name might have been unfamiliar to most people, but the comparison was apt.

The Milky Way's Speediest Stars Could Solve a 50-Year-Old Mystery
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The Milky Way's Speediest Stars Could Solve a 50-Year-Old Mystery

Ken Shen was racing against the sun.

Human Brain Gain: Computer Models Hint at Why We Bested Neandertals
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Human Brain Gain: Computer Models Hint at Why We Bested Neandertals

The parallel existence of an intelligent species closely related to us has long fascinated scientists and the public alike.

'Bar Codes' Could Trace Errant Brain Wiring in Autism and Schizophrenia
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'Bar Codes' Could Trace Errant Brain Wiring in Autism and Schizophrenia

Neuroscientists today know a lot about how individual neurons operate but remarkably little about how large numbers of them work together to produce thoughts, feelings...

Newer Horizons: Scientist Pitch Pluto Probe as a ­nique Deep-Space Telescope
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Newer Horizons: Scientist Pitch Pluto Probe as a ­nique Deep-Space Telescope

A maverick group of astronomers is proposing to radically reshape one of NASA's most successful missions in the modern era, the New Horizons probe that flew by...

Programming a DNA Clock
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Programming a DNA Clock

Nature is a master at constructing biological machines and circuits, including the ones that maintain the body's internal clock, copy genes or help cells move. ...

Meltdown and Spectre Expose the Dark Side of Superfast Computers
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Meltdown and Spectre Expose the Dark Side of Superfast Computers

Hundreds of gadget makers and software companies at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas are staking the success of their newest products...

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.

­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...

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...

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.
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