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ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities
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ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities

Researchers are partnering with Oak Ridge, TN, to develop a sensor network and real-time visualization platform that helps cities evaluate urban activity trends...

U. of Michigan Expert Puts Bird-Like Robot Through Its Paces
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U. of Michigan Expert Puts Bird-Like Robot Through Its Paces

University of Michigan researchers are working with a two-legged robot bird they say could eventually be used in search-and-rescue missions.

Propaganda Bots vs. Transparency
From ACM News

Propaganda Bots vs. Transparency

An electoral 'arms race.'

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
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Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'

When NASA's Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA's first rover, Sojourner....

Google's AI Wizard Unveils a New Twist on Neural Networks
From ACM News

Google's AI Wizard Unveils a New Twist on Neural Networks

If you want to blame someone for the hoopla around artificial intelligence, 69-year-old Google researcher Geoff Hinton is a good candidate.

The 10 Programming Languages Developers Hate the Most
From ACM TechNews

The 10 Programming Languages Developers Hate the Most

Perl, Delphi, and VBA top the list of the 10 programming languages that developers like the least, according to a new Stack Overflow report.

'Twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications
From ACM TechNews

'Twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications

Researchers have researched "optical angular momentum" to overcome challenges with using "twisted" photons across open spaces and enable advanced wireless communications...

How Songbirds Learn a New Song
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How Songbirds Learn a New Song

Researchers studying how Zebra finches learn new songs have found the birds' strategy closely resembles methods used in computer linguistics to compare documents...

Small Words in an Email Can Reveal a Person's Identity
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Small Words in an Email Can Reveal a Person's Identity

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to identify someone by analyzing small sequences of words in emails.

New RoboBee Flies, Dives, Swims, and Explodes Out of the Water
From ACM TechNews

New RoboBee Flies, Dives, Swims, and Explodes Out of the Water

The latest generation of RoboBee is an aerial-to-aquatic robot that is 1,000 times lighter than any previous model.

Building Tomorrow's Robots
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Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

The Physics of Time Travel Isn't Just the Stuff of Science Fiction
From ACM Opinion

The Physics of Time Travel Isn't Just the Stuff of Science Fiction

We're all time travelers nowadays. We project ourselves mentally into the misty past and the risky future.

Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome
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Small Group Scoops International Effort to Sequence Huge Wheat Genome

The wheat genome is finally complete.

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'Patchable' Hardware
From ACM TechNews

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'Patchable' Hardware

The security of the Internet of Things could depend on its constituent hardware being "patchable" so it can adapt to future threats, write several experts.

Anticipating Aftershocks
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Anticipating Aftershocks

Researchers in June released a major report summarizing the scientific and hazard results of the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast.

CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal Thoughts
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CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal Thoughts

Researchers have developed an approach to identify suicidal individuals by analyzing changes in how their brains represent concepts such as death, cruelty, and...

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes
From ACM News

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel Contact, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. He had her...

NuSTAR Probes Black Hole Jet Mystery
From ACM News

NuSTAR Probes Black Hole Jet Mystery

Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them.

Sharing Secrets (Without Giving Them Away)
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Sharing Secrets (Without Giving Them Away)

Secure multiparty computation protects privacy while sharing vital data.

There Are Three Kinds of Consciousness, and Computers Have Mastered One, Says Study
From ACM TechNews

There Are Three Kinds of Consciousness, and Computers Have Mastered One, Says Study

A study by neuroscientists offers insights into whether computers may become conscious by deconstructing consciousness into three categories.
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