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NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?
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NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?

In the last decade, we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy.

A U.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown
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A U.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown

Today, U.S. supercomputer advocates are cheering, because for the first time since 2012, a U.S. supercomputer—Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed ...

Adobe Is Using AI to Catch Photoshopped Images 
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Adobe Is Using AI to Catch Photoshopped Images 

While picture editors have tweaked images for decades, modern tools like Adobe Photoshop let them alter photos to the point of complete fabrication.

Team's E-Whiskers May Be a Touchstone for Future of Electronic Skin
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Team's E-Whiskers May Be a Touchstone for Future of Electronic Skin

A new variety of electronic sensor made from shape-memory polymers was modeled after whiskers.

India's Pratyush, Mihir among Top 100 Supercomputers Worldwide
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India's Pratyush, Mihir among Top 100 Supercomputers Worldwide

India's two fastest supercomputers, Pratyush and Mihir, both rank among the top 100 fastest supercomputers in the world, according to the most recent Top500 list...

Faster Analysis of Medical Images
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Faster Analysis of Medical Images

A new machine learning algorithm can register brain scans and other three-dimensional images about 1,000 times faster than previously possible using novel learning...

Software Without Coding
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Software Without Coding

"Citizen Developers" can create new applications via low-code development.

How Deep Learning Is Making Computers Better at Guessing Your Passwords
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How Deep Learning Is Making Computers Better at Guessing Your Passwords

A machine learning technique can make computers up to 24% better at guessing passwords.

The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space
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The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space

On a frigid day last January in northern Sweden, a German-led team of physicists loaded a curious machine onto an unmanned rocket.

Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid
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Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid

Here's the mission for Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft in a nutshell: Fly to a carbon-rich asteroid between the orbits of Earth and Mars, study it for a year and a...

Autonomous Vehicles: U of T Researchers Make Advances With New Algorithm
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Autonomous Vehicles: U of T Researchers Make Advances With New Algorithm

Researchers working with Uber developed an algorithm combining object detection, tracking over time, and prediction to improve maneuver planning by driverless vehicles...

Targeting the Engine Room of the Cancer Cell
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Targeting the Engine Room of the Cancer Cell

Researchers have created a computational framework to match individual tumors with drugs or drug combinations most likely to destroy them.

Producing Sensors With an Inkjet Printer
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Producing Sensors With an Inkjet Printer

Researchers in Germany collaborated on a system that can three-dimensionally print microelectrode arrays directly onto soft substrates.

4 Tweets Can Reveal the Identity of an Anonymous Troll
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4 Tweets Can Reveal the Identity of an Anonymous Troll

Four geotagged posts are sufficient to identify an anonymous account from a telephone company's database of customers.

New Data Could Help Siri, Alexa Know When They're Being Unhelpful
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New Data Could Help Siri, Alexa Know When They're Being Unhelpful

A new dataset is designed to train artificial intelligence systems to recognize when they lack sufficient information to answer questions accurately.

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records
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The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service...

Why a 40-Year-Old SCOTUS Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today
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Why a 40-Year-Old SCOTUS Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today

Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, the US Supreme Court came close to banning software patents.

Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder
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Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder

Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.

MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet
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MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet

A new smart power outlet can analyze electrical current usage from single or multiple outlets.

'E-Dermis' Brings Sense of Touch, Pain to Prosthetic Hands
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'E-Dermis' Brings Sense of Touch, Pain to Prosthetic Hands

A team of engineers has created an electronic skin that, when layered on top of prosthetic hands, provides a real sense of touch through the fingertips.
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