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3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers
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3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China developed a micro robot that could take advantage of three-dimensional printing technology to lay down new tissues directly...

Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait
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Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait

Researchers have developed sensors that analyze footsteps by measuring minute floor vibrations.

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage
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'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have proposed an alternative to custom-synthesizing DNA for high-capacity data storage.

Can We Identify Invasive Species Before They Invade?
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Can We Identify Invasive Species Before They Invade?

Researchers have developed models for predicting patterns of damage by invasive insects that attack North American trees.

Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation
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Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation

Researchers hope to use algorithms to improve multimessenger astronomy.

Machines That Read Your Brain Waves
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Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

Sometimes a technology that's been simmering in the laboratory or the clinic for decades makes the leap to mainstream consumption almost overnight.

How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet
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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.

Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?
From ACM News

Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate change, fake news, inequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers...

Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu
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Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu

Last week at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) the science team of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission presented their first findings from the asteroid...

Computers Determine States of Consciousness
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Computers Determine States of Consciousness

A new algorithm can distinguish between unresponsive wakefulness syndrome and a minimally conscious state through the use of  electroencephalographic brainwave...

'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit
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Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

After snapping the final piece into place with a satisfying "click" she feels through her spacesuit gloves, the astronaut pauses to appreciate the view.

Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts
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Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts

Behind a thin white veil separating his makeshift lab from joggers at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology indoor track, aerospace engineer Steven Barrett recently...

Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?
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Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?

After decades of neglect, hellish and cloud-enveloped Venus—sometimes called Earth's evil twin—is a world ready and waiting for renewed exploration.

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?
From ACM Opinion

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...
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