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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells
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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday...

Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint
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Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube
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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights
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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers
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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence.

Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale
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Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding—so far—that the planet's magnetic...

Level Up: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems
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Level Up: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems

In the early 1950s, just as rock 'n' roll was hinting at social change, the first video games were quietly being designed in the form of technology demonstrations—and...

Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic 
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Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic 

One big promise of the connected car revolution has been the potential to help clear up traffic problems.

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years
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We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

If there are advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way, we ought to be thinking about how to say hello to our neighbours.

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan
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China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State...

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own
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DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object
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NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

NASA just caught a glimpse of the mysterious and elusive object that its New Horizons spacecraft will visit next.

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics
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The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. "I don't think like a mathematician," admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to...

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons
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DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that...

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance
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How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones...

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades
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Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades

The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise...

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms
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Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms

As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can...

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test
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AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test,...
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