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Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag
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Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag

The BioPhone project will derive a person's heart and breathing rates from a smartphone's accelerometer. 

Robot Toddler Learns to Stand By "imagining" How to Do It
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Robot Toddler Learns to Stand By "imagining" How to Do It

The ability of robots to carry out tasks and move about their environment is increasingly impressive, but they still face major challenges. 

To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
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To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife

Phil Kennedy no longer saw any other way to get the data.

Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human
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Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says advances in machine learning would soon affect every product and service the company provides.

Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going
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Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going

Google and Facebook are pushing virtual-reality technology along two different lines. 

Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China's Ghost Cities
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Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China's Ghost Cities

China has experienced a tremendous amount of urban growth in the last 30 years, yet many of the newly built residential areas remain vacant. 

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos
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Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search...

How Your Device Knows Your Life Through Images
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How Your Device Knows Your Life Through Images

Researchers have designed an artificial neural network to identify scenes in photographs taken by people using wearable cameras or mobile phones. 

Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities
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Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities

Enthusiastic Tesla owners cheered last Wednesday when the company enabled the use of an automated driving system, called Autopilot, in its Model S all-electric...

Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals
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Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio say they’ve used electronics to get around a paralyzed man's spinal injury, permitting him to use an implant...

You've Been Misled About What Makes a Good Password
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You've Been Misled About What Makes a Good Password

Symantec researchers recently found requiring numbers and uppercase characters in passwords does not do much to make them stronger. 

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill
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Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage.

A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells
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A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells

The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a mental map of their...

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip
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IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip

In August last year, IBM unveiled a chip designed to operate something like the neurons and synapses of the brain (see "IBM Chip Process Data Similar to the Way...

An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely
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An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely

At a major robotics competition held in June, several multi-million-dollar robots struggled to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs; someimpeccable...

Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality
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Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality

Augmented or mixed reality, which renders virtual images in a view of the real world, can be spectacular to experience. But it may be even more fun when you bring...

A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain
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A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain

When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, he's not talking about someone who arranges his record collection...

Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing
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Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing

The University of Maryland's Autonomy, Robotics, and Cognition Lab is developing robots that can learn how to do a new job by watching others do it first. 

Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza
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Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza

When NASA scientists announced that instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sensed signs of liquid water seeping on the Martian surface, they meant a solution...

Moon-Landing Equivalent For Robotics: Assembling an Ikea Chair
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Moon-Landing Equivalent For Robotics: Assembling an Ikea Chair

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are developing a robot that will be able to assemble an IKEA chair.
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