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The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species
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The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species

Charles Darwin had no idea what a gene was. If we dropped the father of evolution into 2019, the idea that humans can willfully alter the genes of an entire species...

New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects Using Rays of Light
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New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects Using Rays of Light

Researchers have created a three-dimensional printer that can generate whole objects at once, instead of printing them layer by layer.

Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize
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Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

The Zillow Prize competition pitted nearly 4,000 teams against one another in an effort to develop a computerized system that could predict the future sale price...

Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights
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Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights

Congress has a new rising target when it comes to cyber: The Pentagon.

Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do
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Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.

Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together
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Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together

Chinese researchers have constructed a wireless brain-to-brain interface that enables a human to direct a rat through a maze.

'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play
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'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Google have created a virtual reality (VR) version of "Hamlet" in which the viewer plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father...

How Facebook Has Changed Computing
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How Facebook Has Changed Computing

Because of Facebook's openness, many of its technologies have become industry standards.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon
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5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles...

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition
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Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition

An international machine learning challenge hosted on the Kaggle.com platform asked participants to identify which of 15 classifications was the best fit for each...

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads
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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers
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This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers

Unity Technologies has announced the Obstacle Tower game and challenge, a video game tournament intended to contribute to artificial intelligence research.

How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands
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How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands

Biologists the world over routinely pay companies to synthesize snippets of DNA for use in the laboratory or clinic.

Computing Touch
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Computing Touch

Research groups working independently are closing in on imbuing limbs with a sense of touch via "e-dermis."

Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats
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Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats

Drones flying over the Galapagos island of North Seymour dropped rat poison in an effort to eliminate invasive black and brown rats.

Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice
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Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice

U.S. Army researchers and colleagues have found a persistent gap in basic knowledge about the use of artificial intelligence.

Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State
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Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State

Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled electric robot that travels on pavements to deliver packages to customers in Snohomish County, WA.

Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets
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Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Major football helmet manufacturers are funding and refining new digitally designed models with enhanced safety features.
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