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Connecting the Bots: Researchers Uncover Invisible Influence on Social Media
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Connecting the Bots: Researchers Uncover Invisible Influence on Social Media

Researchers have found Twitter "bots" can be driving forces behind dialogue in social movements.

Technique Pinpoints the 'Partners in Crime' of Cancer Genes
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Technique Pinpoints the 'Partners in Crime' of Cancer Genes

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an algorithm to sift through vast datasets and identify genetic pathways for cancer.

How Facebook Uses Deep Learning Models to Engage Users
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How Facebook Uses Deep Learning Models to Engage Users

Facebook is heavily leveraging deep-learning models to further its user engagement efforts.

Leaked NSA Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials
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Leaked NSA Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials

A Top Secret NSA analyst's report published by The Intercept suggests that, in August 2016, the Russian General Main Staff Intelligence Directorate (GRU) hacked...

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education
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FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education

An international youth organization challenges and encourages students to stick with science, technology, engineering, and math.

Giving Robots a Sense of Touch
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Giving Robots a Sense of Touch

Researchers have mounted GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms to provide robotic systems with greater sensitivity and dexterity.

Neuroscientists Rethink How the Brain Recognizes Faces
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Neuroscientists Rethink How the Brain Recognizes Faces

People can pick a familiar face out of a crowd without thinking too much about it. But how the brain actually does this has eluded researchers for years.

Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That
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Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference.

AI Will Be Able to Beat Us at Everything by 2060, Say Experts
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AI Will Be Able to Beat Us at Everything by 2060, Say Experts

There is a 50% chance that machines will outperform humans in all tasks within 45 years, according to a survey of 352 artificial intelligence (AI) researchers conducted...

Sensor Tracks Eye Movements in Real Time to Enhance Virtual Reality
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Sensor Tracks Eye Movements in Real Time to Enhance Virtual Reality

A team of researchers has developed a sensor that can detect eye movements in real time using an array of electrodes.

Virtual Reality Eases Phantom Limb Pain
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Virtual Reality Eases Phantom Limb Pain

A new system uses virtual reality technology to relieve sufferers of phantom limb pain.

3D Models of Faces Developed by Researchers Could Help in Reconstruction Surgery
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3D Models of Faces Developed by Researchers Could Help in Reconstruction Surgery

Researchers are scanning volunteers' faces to compile a database of three-dimensional computer models that could be used to aid in reconstructive surgery.

Preventing Software From Causing Injury
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Preventing Software From Causing Injury

The Self-Report Ergonomic Assessment Tool is being designed to help develop safer software by ascertaining how much stress computer programs put on users.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Plots a Radical Overhaul of His Creation
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Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Plots a Radical Overhaul of His Creation

On the better web Berners-Lee envisions, users control where their data is stored and how it's accessed.

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away
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Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.

Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake
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Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a comprehensive...

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
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Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

The argument that consciousness is computable--and instillable within machines--cannot be verified or refuted until a measurable theory of consciousness becomes...

Learning About Nutrition From 'Food Porn' and Online Quizzes
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Learning About Nutrition From 'Food Porn' and Online Quizzes

Researchers at Harvard and Columbia universities conducted a study to determine whether popular online quizzes and food imagery could be leveraged for nutrition...

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate
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Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

A new system to help visually impaired users navigate employs a three-dimensional camera, a belt with vibrational motors, and a refreshable Braille interface.
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