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In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind
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In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind

An inexpensive, full-page braille tablet could make topics like science and math more easily accessible to the blind, according to a team of researchers who have...

How Drones May Avoid Collisions By Sharing Knowledge
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How Drones May Avoid Collisions By Sharing Knowledge

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working with more then 130 research teams to determine how to manage drone traffic. 

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016
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Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Virtual reality has grown immensely over the past few years, but 2016 looks like the most important year yet: it will be the first time that consumers can get their...

How Twitter Bots Turn Tweeters Into Activists
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How Twitter Bots Turn Tweeters Into Activists

A recent Microsoft study details the use of Twitter bots to engage Twitter users with political activism. 

A Master Algorithm Lets Robots Teach Themselves to Perform Complex Tasks
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A Master Algorithm Lets Robots Teach Themselves to Perform Complex Tasks

For all the talk of machines becoming intelligent, getting a sophisticated robot to do anything complex, like grabbing a heavy object and moving it from one place...

Baidu's Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic
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Baidu's Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic

Driving around Beijing often feels unnervingly like a contact sport, with vehicles recklessly plunging through thick traffic, sneaking along the shoulder, or cutting...

Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain
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Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain

An artificial intelligence engine that Google uses in many of its products, and that it made freely available last month, is now being used by others to perform...

China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots
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China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots

China is laying the groundwork for a robot revolution by planning to automate the work currently done by millions of low-paid workers.

Patients Favor Changing the Genes of the Next Generation with Crispr
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Patients Favor Changing the Genes of the Next Generation with Crispr

Jeff Carroll inherited the DNA mutation that causes Huntington's disease.

Telepresence Robot For the Disabled Takes Directions from Brain Signals
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Telepresence Robot For the Disabled Takes Directions from Brain Signals

Italian and Swiss researchers have created an experimental telepresence robot that can be operated by disabled people via brain signals. 

Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing's Monster Year
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Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing's Monster Year

Muscle-bound beagles. Hornless cows. Better potatoes. Genetically modified human embryos.

The Machine-Vision Algorithm For Analyzing Children's Drawings
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The Machine-Vision Algorithm For Analyzing Children's Drawings

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a machine-vision algorithm that can objectively analyze children's drawings. ...

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. 

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Artificial intelligence is a field in the midst of rapid, exciting change. That's largely because of an improved understanding of how neural networks work and the...

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.

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...

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...

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.

Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes
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Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes

New technology promises to offer more accurate indoor location technology based on Wi-Fi. 
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