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New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts
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New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts

Researchers using machine-learning technology to analyze about 800 movie scripts found widespread gender bias in the portrayal of male and female characters.

How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door
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How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

In a competition, robots were unable to overcome the challenge of an unlocked door impeding their way at an outdoor obstacle course, illustrating the technology's...

Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots
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Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots

Researchers at Northeastern University are studying how people and robots move independently and in tandem.

Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools
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Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools

The Exascale Computing Project's Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations collaborates to create highly optimized discretization libraries and next-generation...

Tune Out Background Noise With MSU's New Technology
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Tune Out Background Noise With MSU's New Technology

Researchers are developing hearing aid technology that would eliminate background noise heard through conventional hearing aid devices.

The Perfect Dose
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The Perfect Dose

Researchers close in on a 24/7 drug delivery system.

Researcher Seeks to Tame 'Ghost' of Uncertainty in Complex Dynamic Systems
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Researcher Seeks to Tame 'Ghost' of Uncertainty in Complex Dynamic Systems

University of Kansas professor Huazhen Fang is leading research to address "unstructured uncertainty"  in the quest to develop accurate predictive mathematical...

Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences
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Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences

Researchers re developing new input/output architectures for convolutional neural network-based cross-view gait recognition by utilizing a Siamese network for verification...

Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare
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Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare

Governments are taking a closer look at artificial intelligence as a way to further their strategic interests in areas such as national defense.

Machine Learning and Deep Learning Programs Provide a Helping Hand to Scientists Analyzing Images
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Machine Learning and Deep Learning Programs Provide a Helping Hand to Scientists Analyzing Images

Researchers are using machine learning and deep learning to better identify how neutrinos interact with normal matter.

Why They Dox: First Large-Scale Study Reveals Top Motivations and Targets for This Form of Cyber Bullying
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Why They Dox: First Large-Scale Study Reveals Top Motivations and Targets for This Form of Cyber Bullying

Researchers say they have published the first large-scale study of doxing.

IBM Raises the Bar With 50-Qubit Quantum Computer
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IBM Raises the Bar With 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

IBM last week announced a 50-quantum bit quantum computer, as well as the availability of a 20-qubit system via its cloud computing platform.

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

Highly Flexible Organic Flash Memory for Foldable and Disposable Electronics
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Highly Flexible Organic Flash Memory for Foldable and Disposable Electronics

A new ultra-flexible organic flash memory can be applied to non-conventional substrates, such as plastics and papers.

Cosmos Code Helps Probe Space Oddities
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Cosmos Code Helps Probe Space Oddities

The Cosmos computer code is driving supercomputer models of black hole jets and is used to investigate other unusual space phenomena.

Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl
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Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl

Researchers have been developing a tool that can take a single image of a face and create an animated version that puts on either a happy, sad, or angry expression...

TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems
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TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems

Researchers have taught artificially intelligent machines to study the TV show "CSI" and identify the perpetrator in each episode.

A Robotic Spy Among the Fish
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A Robotic Spy Among the Fish

Researchers have developed a miniature robot that can integrate perfectly into schools of zebrafish.

SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs
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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption
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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting,...
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