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Want a Robot that Can Really Feel? Give It Whiskers
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Want a Robot that Can Really Feel? Give It Whiskers

Among the many reasons humans are bizarre among mammals (the dearth of body hair, the bipedalism, the fact that someone invented the turducken) is a sad shortcoming...

WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show
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WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that viral tweets during the final two months of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign show Hillary Clinton...

A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside
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A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside

Researchers at the University of Seville have developed a system to estimate the time that it takes to complete a walk in the countryside. A system algorithm uses...

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead
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Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA
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Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

A video clip of a galloping horse, one of the first motion pictures ever made, is now also the first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell, where...

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid
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Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

Researchers at the University of Tehran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes...

Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be an Algorithm
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Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be an Algorithm

Google's People + AI Research (PAIR) project aims to develop and release tools designed to help make the inner workings of artificial intelligence systems more...

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 
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How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars!

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.

Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick
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Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers...

Stanford Researchers Find Intriguing Clues About Obesity by Counting Steps Via Smartphones
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Stanford Researchers Find Intriguing Clues About Obesity by Counting Steps Via Smartphones

Stanford University researchers found that in countries with little obesity, people mostly walked a similar amount per day.

Using Chip Memory More Efficiently
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Using Chip Memory More Efficiently

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.

UA Pioneers More Effective Control for Border Patrol
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UA Pioneers More Effective Control for Border Patrol

Researchers are developing a framework for border surveillance that uses artificial intelligence to integrate data from different sources and respond in real time...

AI Research Seeks to Grow Trust between Humans and Computers
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AI Research Seeks to Grow Trust between Humans and Computers

Researchers have received a $7.55-million grant to find new ways to have artificial intelligence explain its decision-making process to human users.

Inside Earth, Visualized: HD Video Models Planet's Core
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Inside Earth, Visualized: HD Video Models Planet's Core

Were it not for our Earth's magnetic field, the planet would be bombarded by charged particles from the sun.

Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues
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Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step...

Party Lines
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Party Lines

Measuring the "immeasurable" could curtail electoral gerrymandering.

A Computer That Reads Body Language
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A Computer That Reads Body Language

Researchers have developed a computer capable of understanding body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time.

Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality
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Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, urged people to show support for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules that are likely to be...

Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
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Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's...
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