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Meet UrduScript, the First Urdu-Based Programming Language
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Meet UrduScript, the First Urdu-Based Programming Language

UrduScript is a new programing language that makes it easier for beginners to learn programming concepts.

Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint
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Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.

CPU Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?
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CPU Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?

Views differ on how central-processing unit architecture will proceed as Moore's Law becomes increasingly irrelevant.

Five Times the Computing Power
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Five Times the Computing Power

Researchers have developed a method to increase by the computing power of a standard algorithm when performed on a field-programmable gate array.

Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks
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Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks

Researchers have definitively demonstrated the strength of a 128-bit digital lock for cybersecurity applications.

UCLA Research Offers Clearest Evidence of Long-Sought Majorana Particle
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UCLA Research Offers Clearest Evidence of Long-Sought Majorana Particle

A research team has uncovered evidence for the existence of the Majorana particle.

AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'
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AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'

A new machine-learning algorithm can predict which characters on "Game of Thrones" will die next.

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube
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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights
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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

New Camera Designed by Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality
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New Camera Designed by Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality

A new four-dimensional camera captures almost 140 degrees of information, with implications for robot visual perception and virtual reality.

Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies
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Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies

Disney researchers applied deep-learning neural networks to develop a new way of evaluating movie audiences' reactions using facial expressions.

Reshaping Computer-Aided Design
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Reshaping Computer-Aided Design

Researchers have developed InstantCAD to facilitate interactive real-time editing, enhancement, and optimization of computer-aided design  models via a simpler...

The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers
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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence.

Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale
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Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding—so far—that the planet's magnetic...

Holograms Taken to New Dimension
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Holograms Taken to New Dimension

Researchers say they have developed a method to create inexpensive full-color two- and three-dimensional holograms.

Level Up: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems
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Level Up: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems

In the early 1950s, just as rock 'n' roll was hinting at social change, the first video games were quietly being designed in the form of technology demonstrations—and...

Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic 
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Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic 

One big promise of the connected car revolution has been the potential to help clear up traffic problems.

DARPA Calls for Post-Moore Ideas
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DARPA Calls for Post-Moore Ideas

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Electronics Resurgence Initiative aims to cultivate partnerships and advance progress of post-Moore's Law technologies...

Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software
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Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software

Researchers are using machine learning to train computers to build statistical models that can predict future criminal behavior.
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