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Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up
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Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up

Scientists who make movies of molecules in motion have a new high-speed camera to shoot with. The €1.2-billion (US$1.4-billion) European X-ray Free Electron Laser...

Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox
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Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox

A scientist wanting to hack into an animal's brain used to have three different tools to choose from: electric current, drugs, and light. Now there's a fourth:...

Accelerating the Mobile Web: 'Vroom' Software Could Double Its Speed
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Accelerating the Mobile Web: 'Vroom' Software Could Double Its Speed

Vroom is a new software prototype that works by optimizing the end-to-end interaction between mobile devices and Web servers.

Computer Algorithm Automatically Recognizes Soccer Formations and Defensive Strategies
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Computer Algorithm Automatically Recognizes Soccer Formations and Defensive Strategies

Researchers have developed a deep-learning algorithm that automatically recognizes formations of teams when analyzing player tracking data.

NYU Steinhardt Awarded More Than $4 Million From National Science Foundation for STEM Education Research
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NYU Steinhardt Awarded More Than $4 Million From National Science Foundation for STEM Education Research

The National Science Foundation has awarded New York University grants totalling more than $4 million for research to improve computer science and computational...

2 to Receive 2017 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships
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2 to Receive 2017 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

The Fellowships honor exceptional Ph.D. students worldwide whose research focuses on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis...

NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet
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NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California...

Conditions Like Those Inside Neptune Cause Diamond Formation
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Conditions Like Those Inside Neptune Cause Diamond Formation

Carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen are some of the easiest heavier elements to form through fusion.

NIAC Cybersecurity Report Regarding Critical Infrastructure Issued
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NIAC Cybersecurity Report Regarding Critical Infrastructure Issued

The draft report warns the U.S. is falling short on its ability to defend critical systems against aggressive cyberattacks.

Big Brother is Watching You
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Big Brother is Watching You

Not only that, facial recognition technologies inform him of who you are and what you did.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
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A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
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Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own...

Even Artificial Neural Networks Can Have Exploitable 'Backdoors'
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Even Artificial Neural Networks Can Have Exploitable 'Backdoors'

Early in August, NYU professor Siddharth Garg checked for traffic, and put a yellow Post-it onto a stop sign outside the Brooklyn building in which he works.

Cryptographers and Geneticists Unite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See
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Cryptographers and Geneticists Unite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See

Stanford University cryptographer Dan Boneh and geneticist Gill Bejerano have developed a secure multiparty computation algorithm to discover disease-linked genetic...

Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too
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Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too

Researchers have developed a way for high school students and first-year engineering students to learn robot intelligence technologies.

Researchers Built an Invisible Backdoor to Hack AI's Decisions
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Researchers Built an Invisible Backdoor to Hack AI's Decisions

Researchers demonstrated a cyberattack against artificial intelligence that controls driverless cars and image-recognition systems by installing an invisible backdoor...

Revolutionary Approach Brings 3D Sound Into the Living Room
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Revolutionary Approach Brings 3D Sound Into the Living Room

Researchers have developed the Media Device Orchestration concept, which helps create a three-dimensional audio experience using common home devices.

Breakthrough Could Make Quantum Data Transmission a Reality
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Breakthrough Could Make Quantum Data Transmission a Reality

Researchers have relayed a quantum-secured message containing multiple bits of information for each photon through the air above a city.

Collection of Letters by Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet
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Collection of Letters by Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet

The correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1954, was found by an academic in a storeroom at the University of Manchester.
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