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Intelligence and the DNA Revolution
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Intelligence and the DNA Revolution

More than 60 years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid—better known as DNA. Today, for the cost...

Animation Made Easy
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Animation Made Easy

New software makes it easier to animate characters.

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure
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Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. National Infrastructure Advisory Council warns there is a shrinking window of opportunity to fortify critical U.S. infrastructure against a massive "9/11...

Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games
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Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games

Mappy is a new software system that can autonomously generate maps of a video game's levels.

New York University Abu Dhabi Researchers Develop 'Unhackable' Computer Chip
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New York University Abu Dhabi Researchers Develop 'Unhackable' Computer Chip

Researchers say they have created an "unhackable" computer chip to boost the defenses of computer hardware.

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.

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
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A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Espionage
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Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Espionage

The entire corpus of science fiction has trained humanity to fear the day when helpful household and industrial robots turn against it, in a Skynet-style uprising...

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...

Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian Cyberthreat
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Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian Cyberthreat

Beyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military...

Google's New AI Learns by Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies
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Google's New AI Learns by Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies

Google Vizier is an artificial intelligence system that automatically tunes other artificial intelligence programs.

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...

Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking
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Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking

Researchers say they have developed the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information...
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