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Animation Made Easy
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Animation Made Easy

New software makes it easier to animate characters.

Computer Approaches Human Skill for First Time in Brain Challenge
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Computer Approaches Human Skill for First Time in Brain Challenge

Researchers say they have developed an algorithm that can map brain neural networks with close to human-level accuracy.

Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled
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Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled

"When I meet God, I'm going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he'll have an answer for the first."

Print No Evil: Three-Layer Technique Helps Secure Additive Manufacturing
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Print No Evil: Three-Layer Technique Helps Secure Additive Manufacturing

Researchers have developed a three-layer system for validating that components produced via additive manufacturing have not been compromised.

Are Your Tweets Feeling Well?
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Are Your Tweets Feeling Well?

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted a study to understand patterns of how people behave differently on social media when they are ill...

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems
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DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems

Researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have launched a new research program that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn...

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care
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Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Researchers are investigating how computers can enhance medical decisions.

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers
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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...

Spotting a Social Bot Might Be Harder Than You Think
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Spotting a Social Bot Might Be Harder Than You Think

Although savvy Internet users might think they can easily identify a social media bot, there are tricks a "bot army master" can use to make the accounts seem more...

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices
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AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices

Researchers warn some artificial intelligence programs are inheriting biases against certain dialects, which could lead to automatic discrimination as language-based...

Smart Computers
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Smart Computers

Researchers at the University of Freiburg's excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools in Germany are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize...

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 
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Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements....

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
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The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....

E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

NASA's Voyager Missions Could Guide Aliens to Earth
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NASA's Voyager Missions Could Guide Aliens to Earth

The 40th anniversary of the launch of two of NASA's most remarkable spacecraft is fast approaching.

WSU Researchers Receive $2.3M to Improve U.S. Power Grid Design
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WSU Researchers Receive $2.3M to Improve U.S. Power Grid Design

Researchers at Washington State University recently received a $2.3-million U.S. Department of Energy grant to more efficiently distribute power and better manage...

Tripping the Light Fantastic
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Tripping the Light Fantastic

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a chip that uses light, not electrons, to crunch data.

China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory
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China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory

Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. 

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing
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This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on...
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