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Water Filter Inspired by Alan Turing Passes First Test
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Water Filter Inspired by Alan Turing Passes First Test

Researchers in China have developed a filter that removes salt from water up to three times as fast as conventional filters. The membrane has a unique nanostructure...

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science
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NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science

College and university students recently participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's third annual Swarmathon, a robotic programming competition...

Smart Skin for Flexible Monitoring
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Smart Skin for Flexible Monitoring

Marine Skin is a new smart patch that could be used to electronically tag marine animals.

The Unhackable Envelope
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The Unhackable Envelope

Researchers have developed an envelope for hardware security modules that requires no battery and cannot be broken into without deleting its stored data.

AI To Help Soldiers Learn Faster in Combat
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AI To Help Soldiers Learn Faster in Combat

A low-cost, lightweight hardware system can help soldiers learn more than 13 times faster than conventional methods.

'Smart' Dresser Prototype Guides People With Dementia in Getting Dressed
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'Smart' Dresser Prototype Guides People With Dementia in Getting Dressed

Researchers have created an intelligent dressing system that integrates automated tracking and recognition with guided assistance.

Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech
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Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech

What if we had the ability to fool our brain into thinking that we'd experienced something that never happened?

GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case
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GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case

Reports of the rapidly melting West Antarctic ice sheet often refer to how much the melting could add to global sea levels—as if meltwater raises the ocean evenly...

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots
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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots

Artificial-intelligence programs could develop some much-needed common sense by competing in scavenger hunts inside virtual homes filled with simulated coffee tables...

Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say
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Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say

Preschoolers can benefit from using electronic devices with thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions, according to researchers...

Rice U. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development
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Rice U. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development

Rice University researchers have invented a deep learning software coding application to help programmers navigate growing numbers of application programming interfaces...

What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown
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What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown

China has its own great firewall. Turkey has been blocking swaths of the internet, including YouTube, for at least a decade.

Scholar Uses Algorithm to Make Christmas Tree Farming More Efficient
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Scholar Uses Algorithm to Make Christmas Tree Farming More Efficient

A Penn State University researcher has developed an algorithm to analyze and store images of Christmas tree farms taken by unmanned aircraft.

Dim Prospects for Junior Developers
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Dim Prospects for Junior Developers

Employers prefer experience for even entry-level coding positions.

New Material Is Key Step Toward More Powerful Computing
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New Material Is Key Step Toward More Powerful Computing

Oregon State University researchers have developed a compound that constitutes a significant advance toward quantum computing.

Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Avengers: Infinity War?
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Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Avengers: Infinity War?

Some movies are obvious hits. Like, for example, Avengers: Infinity War, which made a record-breaking $258 million at the domestic box office last weekend, filling...

ACM Recognizes Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution
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ACM Recognizes Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution

Award recipients made contributions in areas including open source software, biotechnology, networks, and artificial intelligence.

Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension
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Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension

As I put on a virtual-reality (VR) headset, the outside world disappears.

Exascale System for Earth Simulation Introduced
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Exascale System for Earth Simulation Introduced

The Energy Exascale Earth System Model has been unveiled after four years of development.
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