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How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed
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How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed

Going viral used to be harmless.

Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative
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Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative

Facebook has been happy to keep congressional investigators focused on the Russian-bought online ads that helped sway voters in last year's election—despite the...

Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data
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Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data

Researchers have  created a near-perfect streaming algorithm that operates by recalling only enough of what it has seen to relate what it has observed most often...

Artificial Intelligence to Evaluate Brain Maturity of Preterm Infants
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Artificial Intelligence to Evaluate Brain Maturity of Preterm Infants

Researchers have developed a method of assessing a preterm infant's brain maturity from an electroencephalogram.

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car
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What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car

Major companies are testing autonomous car software within virtual reality simulations of cities.

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code
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Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code

Libraries in Singapore are hosting special versions of the global Hour of Code movement to help seniors learn how to program in the Swift language.

Women and Robots, 'There's Just No Trust'
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Women and Robots, 'There's Just No Trust'

Researchers found women were much less likely than men to trust humanoid machines.

Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System
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Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System

A small, recently discovered asteroid—or perhaps a comet&mdsah;appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy...

Facebook’s Head of AI Wants Us to Stop Using the Terminator to Talk about AI
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Facebook’s Head of AI Wants Us to Stop Using the Terminator to Talk about AI

Yann LeCun chats about super-intelligent artificial intelligence and the future of virtual assistants.

What's the Future of Programming? The Answer Lies in Functional Languages
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What's the Future of Programming? The Answer Lies in Functional Languages

Simon Peyton Jones describes functional programming languages like Haskell as a proving ground where programmers can test new ideas.

Alan Turing: How His Universal Machine Became a Musical Instrument 
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Alan Turing: How His Universal Machine Became a Musical Instrument 

Alan Turing is one of the great pioneers of the digital age, establishing the mathematical foundations of computing and using electromechanical digital machines...

Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation
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Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation

Researchers conducted a study of user preferences as an initial step toward developing an interactive movement rehabilitation protocol.

Secure Payment Without Leaving a Trace
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Secure Payment Without Leaving a Trace

Researchers in Germany have developed a secure system for making online payments that that works anonymously and prevents misuse.

Old Phones Get New Life in High-Powered Computer Servers
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Old Phones Get New Life in High-Powered Computer Servers

Researchers at Princeton University have demonstrated that old smartphones can be used to build computer servers at much lower cost than high-end servers.

AI Model Fundamentally Cracks CAPTCHAs
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AI Model Fundamentally Cracks CAPTCHAs

Researchers at the artificial intelligence company Vicarious say they have developed a computer model that can solve CAPTCHAs.

Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs
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Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs

Researchers are developing software that measures automotive sounds and communicates any service requirements and other diagnostic information to drivers via a...

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

Inspired by Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI Utterly Wrecks CAPTCHA Security
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Inspired by Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI Utterly Wrecks CAPTCHA Security

Computer algorithms have gotten much better at recognizing patterns, like specific animals or people's faces, allowing software to automatically categorize large...

CRISPR Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome
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CRISPR Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome

The toolbox for editing genes expanded this week, as two research groups announced techniques that enable researchers to make targeted alterations to DNA and RNA...

Researchers Demonstrate 'Mind-Reading' Brain-Decoding Tech
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Researchers Demonstrate 'Mind-Reading' Brain-Decoding Tech

Researchers at Purdue University have demonstrated a method for decoding what the brain is seeing.
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