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Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke
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Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people regain their mobility following certain neurological injuries.

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable
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MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a neural network designed specifically to work on mobile devices.

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
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Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.

Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality
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Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a mind-reading program that deciphers symbols that people have viewed.

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan
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China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State...

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own
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DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030
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Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030

The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030.

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency
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New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency

Researchers have built a framework for autonomous underwater vehicles that enables the machines to plan energy-efficient trajectories.

Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems
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Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems

Researchers have used supercomputers to integrate massive codes that combine physical and biological processes in the Earth system with feedback from human activity...

Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid
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Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid

Researchers at Lehigh University's Optimization and Machine Learning research group and IBM Research have made progress in solving optimal smart grid power flow...

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Scientists have used artificial intelligence technology to make 100 billion annotations of behavior from 400,000 fruit flies.

NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object
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NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

NASA just caught a glimpse of the mysterious and elusive object that its New Horizons spacecraft will visit next.

When Cars Fly
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When Cars Fly

The idea of personal air vehicles has been around for decades. Now the concept is taking off.

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions
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Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions

Researchers at Brown University have developed a system designed to help robots better follow spoken instructions.

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics
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The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. "I don't think like a mathematician," admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to...

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons
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DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that...

Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding
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Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding

Northwestern University researchers say they have developed a new, non-destructive technology that reveals medieval texts hidden inside of ancient bookbindings....

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers
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At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce...

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes
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Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings. ...

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
From ACM TechNews

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.
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