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'nanobuds' Could Turn Almost Any Surface Into a Touch Sensor
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'nanobuds' Could Turn Almost Any Surface Into a Touch Sensor

Transparent films containing carbon nanobuds—molecular tubes of carbon with ball-like appendages—could turn just about any surface, regardless of its shape, into...

Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?
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Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, a glitzy...

Google's Intelligence Designer
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Google's Intelligence Designer

Demis Hassabis started playing chess at age four and soon blossomed into a child prodigy.

3-D-Printing Bio-Electronic Parts
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3-D-Printing Bio-Electronic Parts

A 3-D printer can already make a prototype or spare part out of metal or polymer.

How Google 'translates' Pictures Into Words ­sing Vector Space Mathematics
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How Google 'translates' Pictures Into Words ­sing Vector Space Mathematics

Translating one language into another has always been a difficult task.

Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain
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Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain

The human brain is often described as a massively parallel computing machine. That raises an interesting question: just how parallel is it?

How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting
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How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting

This time last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta launched a competition to find the best way to forecast the characteristics of the...

Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination
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Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination

Here's a curious experiment.

Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'
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Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'

One of the great challenges of neuroscience is to understand the short-term working memory in the human brain.

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon
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Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

After decades of repeated reinvention, the silicon transistor is starting to show its age, and the industry is hunting for alternatives.

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

Town Built For Driverless Cars
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Town Built For Driverless Cars

A mocked-up set of busy streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide the sternest test yet for self-driving cars.

What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious
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What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess "feel" anything?

Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology
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Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

The White House said that President Obama's BRAIN Initiative is generating interest from companies and philanthropies in a sign of what it calls a wider partnership...

Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones
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Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones

A research project at the University of Washington shows a way to add gesture control to phones without requiring sophisticated new sensors.

Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming
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Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming

Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn't have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks.

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport
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How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport

If you've ever watched soccer, you'll know of the subtle differences in tactics and formation between different teams.

Manufacturing Advances Mean Truly Flexible Devices Are on the Way
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Manufacturing Advances Mean Truly Flexible Devices Are on the Way

One of the innovations packed inside the Apple Watch—and highlighted by designer Jony Ive at the company’s grand unveiling this week—is a flexible display.

The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Back in the 16th century, a Spanish Benedictine monk called Pietro Ponce pioneered the seemingly magical art of lip reading.
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