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Too Cute For Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts
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Too Cute For Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts

Robot designers are developing robots that appear non-threatening, but can take action when humans attracted to their cuteness interfere with performance of their...

Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot
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Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot

Researchers at schools such as the Georgia Institute of Technology are testing artificial intelligence to relieve the burden of teaching assistants. 

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'
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Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'

The next frontier for game-playing artificial intelligence could be the popular real-time strategy game "StarCraft."

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'
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Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'

Humanity has fallen to artificial intelligence in checkers, chess, and, last month, Go, the complex ancient Chinese board game.

Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work
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Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work

Technology companies are leveraging internships and other programs to help women return to work and update the skills they need to be competitive. 

Cern Is Seeking Secrets of the ­niverse, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell
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Cern Is Seeking Secrets of the ­niverse, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for another run at smashing particles together to unlock the secrets of the universe.

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape
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Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing...

Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm For That
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Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm For That

Baidu's Big Data Lab has devised an algorithm that can predict crowd formation. 

Tiny Cameras to See in the Intestines
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Tiny Cameras to See in the Intestines

The digestive tract can be inhospitable terrain to examine.

How the ­.s. Fights Encryption--and Also Helps Develop It
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How the ­.s. Fights Encryption--and Also Helps Develop It

Some U.S. government agencies are financing the development of encryption technologies to protect communications even as others seek to circumvent them. 

Cynthia Breazeal's Robotic Quest
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Cynthia Breazeal's Robotic Quest

Cynthia Breazeal has committed herself to the development of socially intelligent robots. 

Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market
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Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market

Companies are turning to private marketplaces of software developers to assemble teams for specific projects, rather than hiring permanent personnel. 

A Bright Approach to Brain Implants
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A Bright Approach to Brain Implants

The brain was once considered a "black box," a device so mysterious that you could only guess what it was doing by observing human behavior.

Japan Road Tests Self-Driving Cars to Keep Aging Motorists Mobile
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Japan Road Tests Self-Driving Cars to Keep Aging Motorists Mobile

Japan's automakers aim to meet the challenge of aging drivers with few transportation options by testing self-driving vehicles on roads. 

What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real
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What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real

A researcher is convinced virtual reality experiences can change users' thinking and behavior. 

How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real
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How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real

For a story that takes place "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" a great deal of the technology in the "Star Wars" series actually has parallels today on...

Online Degree Hits Learning Curve
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Online Degree Hits Learning Curve

The Georgia Institute of Technology's launch of an inexpensive online computer science master's degree program two years ago has had mixed results.

In Belgium, an Encryption Powerhouse Rises
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In Belgium, an Encryption Powerhouse Rises

Belgium's University of Leuven has become a stage where privacy and surveillance advocates are fighting over digital encryption.

Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually
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Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually

In the 1997 action movie Face/Off, an FBI agent must undergo face-transplant surgery and assume the identity of a ruthless terrorist to foil a plot.

New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend
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New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend

Data scientist–a job that barely existed a decade ago–has become one of the hottest and best-paid professions in the U.S.
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