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Applying Machine Learning to the Universe's Mysteries
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Applying Machine Learning to the Universe's Mysteries

Berkeley Lab scientists and their collaborators used neural networks to analyze simulations of heavy ion collisions.

U.s. Leads but China Gains in Nsf 2018 S&e Indicators Report
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U.s. Leads but China Gains in Nsf 2018 S&e Indicators Report

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Indicators 2018 report found the U.S. still leads in science and engineering worldwide, although...

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts
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Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts

More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over...

Researchers at Cornell Release Paper on Cryptocurrencies
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Researchers at Cornell Release Paper on Cryptocurrencies

A new report challenges the idea that the world's two most popular cryptocurrencies provide decentralized financial systems.

The Next Big Breakthrough in Robotics
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The Next Big Breakthrough in Robotics

Northeastern University professor Robert Platt says advances in machine learning, big data, and robot perception have put the robotics field on the brink of a major...

Study Produces 3D Images That Float in 'thin Air'
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Study Produces 3D Images That Float in 'thin Air'

Researchers say they have developed a way to create a three-dimensional volumetric projection hat a viewer can walk around and see from every angle.

How Programmers Learn to Code
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How Programmers Learn to Code

Most coders' programming skills are self-taught, and more than a quarter of  surveyed developers wrote their first piece of code before they were 16 years old. ...

App to Increase Public Involvement in Protecting Rivers
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App to Increase Public Involvement in Protecting Rivers

Researchers are developing a mobile application that will monitor developments around rivers in order to maximize public participation in revivification.

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart
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Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart

You've seen the headlines: "Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs—and We're Not Ready for It." "You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think." "Robots May...

Engineering School Attempts to Overcome 'memory Wall'
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Engineering School Attempts to Overcome 'memory Wall'

The University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science has received $27.5 million to launch the Center for Research in Intelligent Storage and Processing...

Computer Science Professor Leads Multi-Disciplined Approach to Collaboration
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Computer Science Professor Leads Multi-Disciplined Approach to Collaboration

Researchers have developed a model for experiential and community-engaged learning that they have used to immerse their students in computational thinking.

Researchers Use Sound Waves to Advance Optical Communication
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Researchers Use Sound Waves to Advance Optical Communication

Researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated that sound waves can produce ultraminiature optical diodes small enough to fit onto a computer chip....

The Quantum Computer Era Arrives
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The Quantum Computer Era Arrives

The drive to develop and commercialize the first quantum computer has been characterized as the new arms race.

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science
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How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science

Ten years ago, a chunk of animated cheese in Pixar's "Ratatouille" captured the imagination of cell biologist Janet Iwasa. So much so that it changed the way she...

Strava Suggests Military Users 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens
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Strava Suggests Military Users 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens

Fitness-tracking company Strava has defended its publication of heatmaps that accidentally reveal sensitive military positions, arguing that the information was...

Russian Experts Submit 'impenetrable' Smartphone Protection System
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Russian Experts Submit 'impenetrable' Smartphone Protection System

Researchers at the National Research Nuclear University in Russia have developed a system of continuous authentication of mobile device users based on behavioral...

Eight Governors Join Coalition to Expand Computer Science Education
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Eight Governors Join Coalition to Expand Computer Science Education

The Governors' Partnership for K-12 Computer Science has added eight new members, bringing the total number of participants to 16 U.S. governors.

Technique Triggers Electronic Circuits to Self-Destruct
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Technique Triggers Electronic Circuits to Self-Destruct

Researchers say they have invented a method for triggering the discreet self-destruction of electronic circuits.

Feedback Enhances Brainwave Control of a Novel Hand-Exoskeleton
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Feedback Enhances Brainwave Control of a Novel Hand-Exoskeleton

Researchers are developing a portable hand exoskeleton controlled by brainwaves.

Scientists Work to Automate Quick Translation of Obscure Languages
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Scientists Work to Automate Quick Translation of Obscure Languages

Researchers have received a U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity grant to develop an automated tool for translating obscure languages.
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