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Estonia, the Digital Republic
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Estonia, the Digital Republic

Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water's...

This Machine-Learning Algorithm Can Turn Any Line Drawing Into ASCII Art
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This Machine-Learning Algorithm Can Turn Any Line Drawing Into ASCII Art

Osamu Akiyama at Osaka University in Japan says he has developed a machine-learning neural network that can render any kind of line drawing in ASCII.

Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials
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Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials

A new technique exploits a wall's symmetry to see through it using a narrow band of microwave frequencies without any advance knowledge of the material making up...

Diagnosing Performance Problems in Supercomputers
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Diagnosing Performance Problems in Supercomputers

The Lightweight Distributed Metric Service is a framework to automatically monitor and diagnose performance issues in supercomputers.

Twitter Can Reveal Our Shared Mood
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Twitter Can Reveal Our Shared Mood

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have found that tweets reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over a 24-hour day.

Revolutionizing Electronics Using Kirigami
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Revolutionizing Electronics Using Kirigami

Researchers in Japan have developed an ultrastretchable bioprobe using Kirigami designs, which enables the device to follow the contours of deformable biological...

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the FCC's Net Neutrality Comments
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It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the FCC's Net Neutrality Comments

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with bots, memes, and input from people...

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality VoteĀ 
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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality VoteĀ 

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on...

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence
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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires...

Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook
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Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Researchers have used a machine learning algorithm similar to Facebook's friend recommender program to track dolphins.

Scientists Create Stretchable Battery Made Entirely Out of Fabric
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Scientists Create Stretchable Battery Made Entirely Out of Fabric

Researchers have created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can generate maximum power similar to that produced by previous paper-based microbial fuel cells...

Researchers Launch Moon Mission Audio Site
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Researchers Launch Moon Mission Audio Site

Researchers are using a 2012 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop Explore Apollo, a public website featuring audio from the Apollo moon missions...

New Algorithm Repairs Corrupted Digital Images in One Step
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New Algorithm Repairs Corrupted Digital Images in One Step

A new algorithm incorporates artificial neural networks to simultaneously apply a wide range of fixes to corrupted digital images.

Computerized Biology, or How to Control a Population of Cells With a Computer
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Computerized Biology, or How to Control a Population of Cells With a Computer

Two studies from European researchers detail their use of hybrid experimental platforms to enable the production of new and reprogrammable behaviors of cell populations...

AI Will Replace Coders by 2040, Warn Academics
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AI Will Replace Coders by 2040, Warn Academics

Coders and programmers could find themselves becoming marginalized by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Towards Data Storage at the Single Molecule Level
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Towards Data Storage at the Single Molecule Level

Researchers have developed a process for storing information on a single spin-crossover molecule.

Google's 'Superhuman' DeepMind AI Claims Chess Crown
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Google's 'Superhuman' DeepMind AI Claims Chess Crown

Google says its DeepMind unit's AlphaGo Zero algorithm defeated world-leading specialist software Stockfish 8 in a chess match within hours of teaching itself the...

'Grinch Bots' Attempt to Steal Christmas by Driving Up Toy Prices
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'Grinch Bots' Attempt to Steal Christmas by Driving Up Toy Prices

Online fraudsters are frustrating Christmas shoppers by using software bots to buy up the most popular toys to resell at inflated prices at third-party websites...

Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See
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Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See

A new study has found virtual reality users need training to effectively perceive and use virtual imagery.
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