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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights
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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

"In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?"

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness
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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Machine learning can artificially increase the brightness of photos taken in low-light conditions.

Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
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Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds

Cornell University researchers have developed an energy storage device architecture with the potential for extremely fast charges.

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics
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Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics

Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is using a simple solvent to disperse carbon nanotubes at record concentrations without additives or volatile chemical reactions...

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology
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How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
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A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto.

Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'
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Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'

University of California, Irvine researchers analyzed the properties of more than 500,000 songs released over three decades to extract the most popular ones.

Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices
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Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices

The International Criminal Police Organization is assessing software that matches samples of speech in phone calls or social media to voice recordings in a law...

First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off
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First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off

Engineers at the University of Washington have created the first wireless, insect-sized flying robot.

Artificial Intelligence Improves Stroke, Dementia Diagnoses in Brain Scans
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Artificial Intelligence Improves Stroke, Dementia Diagnoses in Brain Scans

Software developed by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. has helped enhance stroke and dementia diagnosis.

Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection
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Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection

Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, is offering U.S. political organizations a free tool to defend against distributed denial-of-device attacks...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

Gilles Brassard to Receive the Wolf Prize in Physics
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Gilles Brassard to Receive the Wolf Prize in Physics

Brassard, a cryptologist, is the co-winner of the 2018 Wolf Prize in Physics, which he is sharing with Charles Bennett of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center...

It Takes a Single Autonomous Car to Prevent Phantom Traffic Jams
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It Takes a Single Autonomous Car to Prevent Phantom Traffic Jams

Honk if you've heard this one before: Autonomous and connected cars will make driving less of a drudge by handling the stop-n-go mundanity of your commute for you...

NASA Asks Scientists How Its Lander Should Look for Life on Europa
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NASA Asks Scientists How Its Lander Should Look for Life on Europa

NASA is in various stages of planning two multi-billion dollar missions to Jupiter's intriguing, ice-covered moon of Europa.

New Device Could Increase Battery Life of Electronic Devices by More Than a Hundred-Fold
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New Device Could Increase Battery Life of Electronic Devices by More Than a Hundred-Fold

Researchers have developed a material that could extend battery life and reduce the heat generation of battery-powered electronic devices.
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