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World's Fastest Camera Can See Light Moving in Slo-Mo
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World's Fastest Camera Can See Light Moving in Slo-Mo

Scientists from Caltech and the University of Quebec have developed the world's fastest camera, which is capable of capturing a record-breaking 10 trillion frames...

Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source
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Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source

Apart from older Linux Kernel and Android patents, Microsoft's patent library includes upcoming technologies like LF Energy and HyperLedger.

Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed Until January
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Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed Until January

Touchdown of the Hayabusa2 mothership has been postponed because of unexpectedly rough terrain.

From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, UT Professor Improves Imaging Techniques
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From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, UT Professor Improves Imaging Techniques

The University of Texas' Chandrajit Bajaj is developing advanced imaging methods, including software that generates more dynamic images from neurons.

AI Tool Automatically Reveals How to Write Apps That Drain Less Battery
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AI Tool Automatically Reveals How to Write Apps That Drain Less Battery

A new tool uses artificial intelligence to determine if a specific application feature should be improved to drain less battery power from a mobile device.

The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas
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The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotels are experimenting with robots and other automation.

New Technology Allows Spinal Cord Patients to Drive a NASCAR Race Car
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New Technology Allows Spinal Cord Patients to Drive a NASCAR Race Car

Mechanics and electronics specialists collaborated to develop an adaptive auto that can be driven by quadriplegics.

Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns
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Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year are set to become vastly more powerful, suggest...

Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women
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Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women

Amazon discontinued an artificial intelligence recruiting tool its machine learning specialists developed to automate the hiring process because it was biased against...

HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around
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HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around

Researchers used a convolutional neural network to reduce the amount of time the HyQ quadruped robot needs to plan its foot placement by several orders of magnitude...

AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses
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AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses

What are the best two legs for running an obstacle course? One leg that crawls at the knee joint, and one massive leg dragged behind for stability like a kangaroo's...

Lynn Conway and the VLSI Revolution in Microchip Design
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Lynn Conway and the VLSI Revolution in Microchip Design

Although struggling with personal life, Conway made a breakthrough discovery that rewrote what engineers thought single-stream computer architecture might achieve...

All Eyes on Hurricane Michael
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All Eyes on Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 10, as a major Category 4 storm—the strongest hurricane ever to hit that region.

A New Molecular Programming Language: CRN++
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A New Molecular Programming Language: CRN++

Researchers have created a new language for programming deterministic chemical kinetics in performing computations.

Google, Facebook Team Up on Artificial Intelligence Tech
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Google, Facebook Team Up on Artificial Intelligence Tech

Google and Facebook researchers are working together to make Facebook's open source PyTorch framework interoperate with Google's custom machine learning chips. ...

Sound Software for Fault Detection in Machinery
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Sound Software for Fault Detection in Machinery

A European Union-funded research project has developed software that can analyze the sounds of industrial machinery to determine if they require maintenance.

Painting Cars for Mars
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Painting Cars for Mars

When John Campanella's friend wanted his beloved Ferrari painted, he knew exactly who to call.

Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem
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Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem

Urmila Mahadev spent eight years in graduate school solving one of the most basic questions in quantum computation.

Voting Experts: Why the Heck Are People Still Voting Online?
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Voting Experts: Why the Heck Are People Still Voting Online?

A new study calls online ballots a key weakness in the securing of U.S. election systems, and estimates at least 100,000 Americans cast online ballots in the 2016...
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