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A New 3D Viewer for Improved Digital Geoscience Mapping
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A New 3D Viewer for Improved Digital Geoscience Mapping

Researchers from Norway and the U.K. have collaborated on software designed for virtual model interpretation and visualization.

Building a Bionic Spine
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Building a Bionic Spine

Australian neurologist Tom Oxley was on vacation in the US in November 2010 when he decided to do a bit of work.

Daring Chinese Telescope Is Poised to Transform Astronomy
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Daring Chinese Telescope Is Poised to Transform Astronomy

Set in a remote natural depression in the mountainous region of Guizhou, China, the world's largest single-dish telescope is on the brink of sparking a new era...

Stealing an AI Algorithm and Its Underlying Data Is a 'High-School Level Exercise'
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Stealing an AI Algorithm and Its Underlying Data Is a 'High-School Level Exercise'

Cornell Tech researchers have shown they can reverse-engineer machine-learning algorithms, essentially stealing artificial intelligence products and using them...

New Language Expands on Google's Go
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New Language Expands on Google's Go

Polish developer Marcin Wrochniak has introduced Have, a computer language that transpiles to and expands on Google's Go.

Germany to Create World's First Highway Code for Driverless Cars
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Germany to Create World's First Highway Code for Driverless Cars

The first legal framework for autonomous vehicles was outlined in a recently proposed bill in Germany governing how such cars perform in potentially deadly crashes...

Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different
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Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different

Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf said he would change a few things about the Internet's creation if he could do it over again...

Researchers Restore First-Ever Computer Music Recording Generated on Alan Turing's Computer
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Researchers Restore First-Ever Computer Music Recording Generated on Alan Turing's Computer

Researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have restored the first recording of computer-generated music.  

A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find
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A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. But how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe?

Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI
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Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI

This summer, the Google X lab launched a balloon into the stratosphere over Peru, and it stayed there for 98 days.

Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern
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Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern

Worries include how to coordinate research programs and resources from different countries.

We Have to Start Thinking About Cybersecurity in Space
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We Have to Start Thinking About Cybersecurity in Space

U.K.-based researchers are studying the cybersecurity of space-related technologies. 

University of Calgary Physicists Create Nano-Sized Device With Huge Potential in Field of Quantum Computing
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University of Calgary Physicists Create Nano-Sized Device With Huge Potential in Field of Quantum Computing

Researchers say they have made the first-ever nano-sized optical resonator, or optical cavity, from a single crystal of diamond that is also a mechanical resonator...

Brain to Robot: 'Move, Please'
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Brain to Robot: 'Move, Please'

Researchers in Switzerland are developing robots that can help paralyzed stroke victims regain the use of their arms and hands. 

Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll
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Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll

Biblical scholars in Israel used technology developed by University of Kentucky computer scientists to examine an ancient charred scroll virtually with a digital...

In a Lab in Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl
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In a Lab in Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl

Researchers at Poland's University of Warsaw have developed a robotic caterpillar that can move across a surface by itself when exposed to a specific shade of green...

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End
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The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End

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Alan Turing's Homosexual Court Files Go on Display
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Alan Turing's Homosexual Court Files Go on Display

Turing's 1952 conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop work at GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park.

Tech Giants Team Up to Fix Typography's Biggest Problem
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Tech Giants Team Up to Fix Typography's Biggest Problem

Fonts have a serious image problem.

Lasers Create Tiny, Flexible Power Sources
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Lasers Create Tiny, Flexible Power Sources

Researchers are developing more flexible power sources for wearable technologies, in new and different shapes.
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