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A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips
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A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips

Memristors, exotic electronic devices only confirmed to exist in 2008, have been used to create a chip that borrows design points from the brain.

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

Researchers have separated human voices from the background in a wide range of songs using some of the latest advances associated with deep neural networks. 

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

The cocktail party effect is the ability to focus on a specific human voice while filtering out other voices or background noise.

Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test With Nepal Earthquake
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Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test With Nepal Earthquake

A group of volunteer "digital humanitarians" is using an experimental Web platform to crowdsource rumor verification following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal...

Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password
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Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password

Before you read this story, try to answer the following question: Who was the first person to text you today?

White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption
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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

The White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials support arguments by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence leaders that encryption technology...

How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter
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How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter

Back in the 1880s, the American astronomer Simon Newcomb noticed something strange about the book of logarithmic tables in his library—the earlier pages were much...

3 Questions on Killer Robots
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3 Questions on Killer Robots

Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could...

Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson's Patients
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Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson's Patients

Sending pulses of electricity through the brain via implanted electrodes—a procedure known as deep brain stimulation—can relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's and...

Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms
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Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the workings of the...

Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision
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Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision

Plenty of people play with small drone aircraft in their backyards these days.

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Probing the Whole Internet For Weak Spots
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Probing the Whole Internet For Weak Spots

When the FREAK encryption flaw was uncovered in early March, a team of researchers used a special tool to scan the entire Internet to identify vulnerable websites...

Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions
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Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions

New artificial intelligence software developed by Facebook can process text and then answer questions about it. 

Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game
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Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game

We have self-driving cars, knowledgeable digital assistants, and software capable of putting names to faces as well as any expert.

High-Resolution 3D Scans Built From Drone Photos
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High-Resolution 3D Scans Built From Drone Photos

Drones offer an inexpensive way to capture three-dimensional scans of buildings, terrain, and other objects. 

Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber
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Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber

A researcher compared Uber's prices with those of New York City's Yellow Cabs. 

Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team
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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team

Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by...

Engineering the Perfect Baby
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Engineering the Perfect Baby

If anyone had devised a way to create a genetically engineered baby, I figured George Church would know about it.

Data Mining Indian Recipes Reveals New Food Pairing Phenomenon
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Data Mining Indian Recipes Reveals New Food Pairing Phenomenon

Indian Institute of Technology researchers have created a flavor network in which food ingredients are linked if they appear together in the same recipe. 
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