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Edison Electrifies Scientific Computing
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Edison Electrifies Scientific Computing

The U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, recently accepted Edison, a new flagship...

NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track
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NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track

The Hubble Space Telescope is still operating, but its successor is already waiting in the wings.

A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling
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A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling

A Dutch man who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident nine years ago is now able to feel different kinds of pressure on three fingers of a prosthetic, robotic...

New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time
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New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time

Shooter and victim were just a pair of pixels, dark specks on a gray streetscape. 

Perfecting the Art of Sensible Nonsense
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Perfecting the Art of Sensible Nonsense

As a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, Amit Sahai was fascinated by the strange notion of a "zero-knowledge" proof, a type...

Fda Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon
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Fda Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon

A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen patients who...

Attempting to Code the Human Brain
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Attempting to Code the Human Brain

Somewhere, in a glass building several miles outside of San Francisco, a computer is imagining what a cow looks like.

Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking
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Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking

Iain Couzin does not have fond memories of field research.

Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually
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Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it's finally ready to consider regulations that...

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Evidence Emerges That Google's Quantum Computer May Not Be Quantum After All

Back in 2011, the aerospace giant Lockheed Martin paid a cool $10 million for the world's first commercial quantum computer from a Canadian start up called D-Wave...

When No One Is Just a Face in the Crowd
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When No One Is Just a Face in the Crowd

Hey, big spenders.

In the Eye of the Beholder
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In the Eye of the Beholder

Researchers supported by NASA's Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) program are designing algorithms and instruments that could help...

Capturing Football's Snaps, Crackles, and Pops in Madden Nfl
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Capturing Football's Snaps, Crackles, and Pops in Madden Nfl

The football players strutted down a 40-yard strip of synthetic turf, yelling, jumping and flailing their arms to whip the fans into a frenzy.

Silicon Brains That Think as Fast as a Fly Can Smell
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Silicon Brains That Think as Fast as a Fly Can Smell

Researchers in Germany have discovered what they say is a way to get computers to do more than execute all the steps of a problem-solving calculation as fast as...

'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets
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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets

Ari Juels, an independent researcher who was previously chief scientist at computer security company RSA, thinks something important is missing from the cryptography...

Another Super Bowl Ad Fest, This Time on the Cellphone
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Another Super Bowl Ad Fest, This Time on the Cellphone

Want to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy that goes to the Super Bowl winner? Take a left in 15 feet.

Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?
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Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?

How much are a dozen deep-learning researchers worth?

Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route
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Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is considering a path across a small sand dune to reach a favorable route to science destinations.

Which Genes Did We Get From Neandertals?
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Which Genes Did We Get From Neandertals?

Tens of thousands of years ago along the balmy Mediterranean coast, or in some desert oasis in the Middle East, a hunky Neandertal male lusted after a modern human...

Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear
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Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear

If you're sick of wading through a clogged email inbox or scrolling through endless Twitter timelines, Jörg Müller has a more fun way of sifting through your messages...
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