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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...

Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing
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Data Visualization Tools Drive Interactivity and Reproducibility in Online Publishing

As Benjamin Delory started his paper documenting a new way to quantify plant morphology, he realized that one of the figures could pose a problem.

Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far
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Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far

A panoramic image that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took from a mountainside ridge provides a sweeping vista of key sites visited since the rover's 2012 landing,...

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...

A New Recipe For Hunting Alien Life
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A New Recipe For Hunting Alien Life

Imagine stepping into a time machine, one that could traverse not only billions of years but also countless light years of space, all in search of life in the universe...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...

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.

Deep Learning Pioneered For Real-Time Gravitational Wave Discovery
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Deep Learning Pioneered For Real-Time Gravitational Wave Discovery

Researchers have developed a method for using graphics processing unit-accelerated deep learning for detecting and characterizing gravitational waves.

Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain
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Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain

Superconducting computing chips modelled after neurons can process information faster and more efficiently than the human brain.

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...
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