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Eyes In the Sky
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Eyes In the Sky

One of America's least known National Historic Landmarks may also be its ugliest. It''s kept hidden inside Building 32 on the grounds of the Johnson Space Center...

How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome
From ACM TechNews

How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome

Researchers are using supercomputers to study reptile evolution.

Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science
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Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Code.org recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.

What Exactly Do You Mean When You Say 'Best'?
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What Exactly Do You Mean When You Say 'Best'?

Researchers have developed a system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media.

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries
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Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent...

Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do
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Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do

An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your eyes.

Global Race Toward Exascale Will Drive Supercomputing, AI to Masses
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Global Race Toward Exascale Will Drive Supercomputing, AI to Masses

Industrial trends in high-performance computing are setting a foundation for the eventual pervasiveness of artificial intelligence and big data applications within...

Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'
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Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'

An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune...

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way
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Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser
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Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser

As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity...

Google Advances AI With 'One Model to Learn Them All'
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Google Advances AI With 'One Model to Learn Them All'

Google recently released an academic paper describing MultiModel, a template for how to create a single machine-learning model that is capable of addressing multiple...

Toward Optical Quantum Computing
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Toward Optical Quantum Computing

Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce...

Beyond the Five Senses
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Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
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NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series...

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
From ACM News

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions
From ACM TechNews

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.

New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power
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New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power

A Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor has developed a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one.

X-Ray Eyes in the Sky
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X-Ray Eyes in the Sky

Researchers have demonstrated three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi signals.

From Drinking Straws to Robots
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From Drinking Straws to Robots

Researchers at Harvard University have created a type of semi-soft robot that can stand and walk, and a different robotic water strider that can push itself along...

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...
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