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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs
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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption
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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting,...

Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices
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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers have made flexible and stretchable photonic devices using a specialized type of glass formed into a spring-like coil.

Chip-Based Sensors With Incredible Sensitivity
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Chip-Based Sensors With Incredible Sensitivity

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have created an optical whispering gallery mode resonator.

Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google
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Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google

Salesforce artificial intelligence researchers have disclosed details of their project to translate text without human input, using Google's Transformer system....

Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors
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Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors

Researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to enhance Hasbro's Joy for All Companion Pets into smart robots that can help older adults with...

Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption
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Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption

Organizations like the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation have a hard time cracking suspects' smartphones, thanks to end-to-end encryption.

Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer
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Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

Researchers at the University of Innsbruck in Austria have developed a technique to transfer quantum information between systems that are encoded in different ways...

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper
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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

For years, Barbara Simons was the loneliest of Cassandras—a technologist who feared what technology had wrought. Her cause was voting: Specifically, she believed...

FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone
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FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what...

Choreography With Computers
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Choreography With Computers

Singapore Management University professor Akshat Kumar is developing computational methods for choreographing the movements of autonomous cars and ships.

Computer Scientists Aid in Major Astronomical Discovery
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Computer Scientists Aid in Major Astronomical Discovery

Computer science researchers recently helped to make a major advance in astronomy, as scientists announced last month they observed two neutron stars colliding....

Touch-Sensitive Avatar-Robotic Arm Based on Real-Time Haptics
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Touch-Sensitive Avatar-Robotic Arm Based on Real-Time Haptics

Researchers say they have developed a "real-time-avatar-robotic arm" that transmits sound, vision, and tactile sensations to remotely located users.

Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

A letter from 122 members of the Australian artificial intelligence research community urges Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support for a ban on...

Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations
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Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations

Researchers have developed a nanoscale optical "abacus" that uses light signals to perform arithmetic computation.

NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments
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NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report titled "Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments."

The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret
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The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret

A pair of physicists announced the discovery of a subatomic event so powerful that the researchers wondered if it was too dangerous to make public.

Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon
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Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling...

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order
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China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.

System Uses 'Deep Learning' to Detect Cracks in Nuclear Reactors
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System Uses 'Deep Learning' to Detect Cracks in Nuclear Reactors

Purdue University researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system to detect cracks captured in videos of a nuclear reactor.
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