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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms
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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.

Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission
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Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission

After inspecting asteroid Ryugu for two months, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed the sites where the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will touchdown...

Quantum Bugs, Meet Your New Swatter
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Quantum Bugs, Meet Your New Swatter

Rice University researchers have developed a diagnostic tool for quantum computers.

Kids Connect With Robot Reading Partners
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Kids Connect With Robot Reading Partners

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a robot to serve as a reading partner for middle school students.

Helping the Microchip Industry Go (Very Low) With the Flow
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Helping the Microchip Industry Go (Very Low) With the Flow

Researchers have rooted out the cause of error in an industry-standard calibration method that could add up to massive losses for microchip manufacturers.

Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human
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Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human

An algorithm-based system that identifies linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregators and social media sites with a new weapon against misinformation...

A New Artificial Neural Network Framework for Gait-Based Biometrics
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A New Artificial Neural Network Framework for Gait-Based Biometrics

Researchers have developed an approach for securing the wireless communications of wearable and implantable medical devices.

A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen
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A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it.

A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape
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A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

Julia Stewart Lowndes studied metre-long Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), tagging them to track their dives, as a graduate student at Stanford University in California...

A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'
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A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'

A new "in-body global-positioning system" can locate ingestible implants within the body using low-power wireless signals.

Researchers Reveal New Online ­ser Tracking Techniques
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Researchers Reveal New Online ­ser Tracking Techniques

Researchers have identified online user tracking techniques that cannot be blocked by browsers' built-in anti-tracking defenses or existing anti-tracking and ad...

Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure
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Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure

Smart glasses developed by Microsoft Research's Glabella Project can measure blood pressure noninvasively.

Stanford Engineers Create New AI Camera for Faster, More Efficient Image Classification
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Stanford Engineers Create New AI Camera for Faster, More Efficient Image Classification

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence camera system that classifies images faster and more efficiently.

Bounties Mount for Bugs
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Bounties Mount for Bugs

Maturing bug bounty programs spot data abuse, secure the Internet of Things.

­ of T Experts ­se Deep Learning AI for Predictive Animation
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­ of T Experts ­se Deep Learning AI for Predictive Animation

Researchers used deep learning algorithms to improve software for the animation and gaming industry.

Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier
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Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier

MIT researchers have taken a step toward solving a longstanding challenge with wireless communication: direct data transmission between underwater and airborne...

15 Years in Space for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
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15 Years in Space for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime—and is still going strong after...

Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work
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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Researchers found insights into ant cooperation could be incorporated into the development of large swarms of robots.

How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things
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How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

A paper-based single-use battery harnesses bacteria to generate an electric current, and then to consume the battery after its use.

Knuth Prize Awarded for Contributions to Computational Complexity
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Knuth Prize Awarded for Contributions to Computational Complexity

Swedish researcher Johan Torkel Hastad has been named recipient of the 2018 Donald E. Knuth Prize for his contributions to computational complexity theory.
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