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Chip Developed by Brazilian Researchers Will Be Linchpin of LHC Upgrade
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Chip Developed by Brazilian Researchers Will Be Linchpin of LHC Upgrade

Researchers in Brazil have designed a chip to upgrade the detection system in the Large Hadron Collider's A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE).

Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award
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Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Stanford University professor Andrea Goldsmith has received the ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

New Algorithm Locates Fake Users on Social Networks
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New Algorithm Locates Fake Users on Social Networks

Researchers have created a generic method to detect fake accounts on most social networks.

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body
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FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an intuitive, wearable drone control system.

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture
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Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

Researchers have programmed a robot to assemble an Ikea chair.

'One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong'
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'One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong'

A conversation with virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier on Silicon Valley's politics, being quoted by Mark Zuckerberg, and what went wrong with the Internet.

Cerf, Kahn Among 8 Recognized with Franklin Institute Awards
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Cerf, Kahn Among 8 Recognized with Franklin Institute Awards

Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf are among the award recipients, "for enabling the Internet by developing TCP/IP."

Moscow State University Team Wins World Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
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Moscow State University Team Wins World Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

University teams from Beijing and Tokyo also were recognized with gold medals.

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Speed Discovery of Metallic Glass
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Scientists Use Machine Learning to Speed Discovery of Metallic Glass

Researchers used artificial intelligence to discover and improve metallic glass faster and less expensively than previous methods.

Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe
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Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe

Researchers used quantum mechanics to develop a new method for generating random numbers to help shield sensitive information from eavesdropping.

Google Offers New Way to Discover Books, Fun Way to Play With Words
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Google Offers New Way to Discover Books, Fun Way to Play With Words

Google recently launched a website to demonstrate the company's progress in semantic search.

Invertebrates Inspire First Fully 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots
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Invertebrates Inspire First Fully 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

Researchers say they have developed the first fully three-dimensionally-printed dielectric elastomer actuators to perform high bending motion.

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

ANU Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks
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ANU Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks

New smart electricity technology recently passed a major test in Australia by proving it can help manage renewable energy and battery storage for households and...

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos
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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

In new computer experiments, artificial-intelligence algorithms can tell the future of chaotic systems.

OLPC’s $100 Laptop was Going to Change the World — Then it All Went Wrong
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OLPC’s $100 Laptop was Going to Change the World — Then it All Went Wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.

Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies
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Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies

The United States undercut China's technology ambitions on Tuesday, advancing a new rule that would limit the ability of Chinese telecommunications companies to...

Thousands of Apps in Google Play Store May Be Illegally Tracking Children, Study Finds
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Thousands of Apps in Google Play Store May Be Illegally Tracking Children, Study Finds

An analysis of popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store has determined most may be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act...

U.S. Army Develops Face Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark
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U.S. Army Develops Face Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark

A new machine learning and artificial intelligence technique generates a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face taken at night.
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