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Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients
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Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients

A team of researchers says a new machine-learning algorithm can take a recipe and transform it into an alternative dietary style.

Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software
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Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software

New software is designed to eliminate multiple hypothesis testing errors in interactive data exploration and visualization systems using real-time statistical safeguards...

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud
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Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud

Microsoft Research plans to have a DNA-based data storage system functioning within a data center by 2020.

FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era that could relax regulations on Internet...

Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music
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Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music

Researchers say they have created the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip, based on OxRAM technology, that demonstrates the ability to compose music. ...

Microrobots Inspired by Nature
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Microrobots Inspired by Nature

Researchers have developed microrobots that mimic the rowing action of the cilia present in the single-celled paramecium.

What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers
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What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers

Robots are replacing human workers at a faster pace than any other point in history. Most of these robots are in factories, but a new kind of mechanized worker...

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer
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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling...

Patching the Electric Grid
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Patching the Electric Grid

Electric grids worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to attack as new technologies like smart meters and analytical software are added to them, with mature systems...

Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 
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Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 

The race to build the first useful quantum computer continues apace. And, like all races, there are decisions to be made, including the technology each competitor...

Advancing Cancer Immunotherapy With Computer Simulations and Data Analysis
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Advancing Cancer Immunotherapy With Computer Simulations and Data Analysis

Researchers have developed a unique mathematical model to probe interactions between prostate tumors and common cancer immunotherapies.

Disney Research Transforms Movie-Quality Animations for Interactive Viewing
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Disney Research Transforms Movie-Quality Animations for Interactive Viewing

Disney researchers say they have developed a process that transforms high-resolution animated content into a novel video format to enable immersive viewing.

Your Face Can Get You More than Just Toilet Paper in China
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Your Face Can Get You More than Just Toilet Paper in China

Now a number of female students at one of the country's top universities can use their face to open doors, according to news reports.

How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'Practical and Usable'
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How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'Practical and Usable'

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded Galois $1 million to make fully homomorphic encryption available to programmers.

NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments
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NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.

Virtual Top Hats Allow Swarming Robots to Fly in Tight Formation
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Virtual Top Hats Allow Swarming Robots to Fly in Tight Formation

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a team of autonomous flying robots that do not collide or undercut each other.

Scientists Propose Better Battery System for Smart Home Use
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Scientists Propose Better Battery System for Smart Home Use

Researchers have proposed a novel programming solution to optimize power consumption in batteries for use in smart homes.

The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure
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The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure

Researchers have been testing the existence of quantum entanglement for several years.

The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!
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The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!

If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets...
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