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November 2017


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How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

In a competition, robots were unable to overcome the challenge of an unlocked door impeding their way at an outdoor obstacle course, illustrating the technology's shortcomings.


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New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts

New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts

Researchers using machine-learning technology to analyze about 800 movie scripts found widespread gender bias in the portrayal of male and female characters.


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Cellphone Data Reveals Hurricane Maria's Impact on Travel in Puerto Rico

Cellphone Data Reveals Hurricane Maria's Impact on Travel in Puerto Rico

Researchers have detailed when people chose to move out of a hurricane's path and how much travel was hindered by winds and flooding following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.


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Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future

Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future

The mechanism the fruit fly brain employs to identify olfactory similarities could inform the design of future search algorithms.


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New Quantum Materials Offer Novel Route to 3D Electronic Devices

New Quantum Materials Offer Novel Route to 3D Electronic Devices

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have demonstrated how the principles of general relativity can open a pathway to novel electronic applications.


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Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News

Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News

World Wide Web Consortium founder (and 2016 A.M. Turing Award recipient) Sir Tim Berners-Lee discusses how his perspective of the Web has changed since its inception.


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Tune Out Background Noise With MSU's New Technology

Tune Out Background Noise With MSU's New Technology

Researchers are developing hearing aid technology that would eliminate background noise heard through conventional hearing aid devices.


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Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools

Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools

The Exascale Computing Project's Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations collaborates to create highly optimized discretization libraries and next-generation mini applications.


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Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots

Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots

Researchers at Northeastern University are studying how people and robots move independently and in tandem.


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The Perfect Dose

The Perfect Dose

Researchers close in on a 24/7 drug delivery system.


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Researcher Seeks to Tame 'Ghost' of Uncertainty in Complex Dynamic Systems

Researcher Seeks to Tame 'Ghost' of Uncertainty in Complex Dynamic Systems

University of Kansas professor Huazhen Fang is leading research to address "unstructured uncertainty"  in the quest to develop accurate predictive mathematical equations.


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Why They Dox: First Large-Scale Study Reveals Top Motivations and Targets for This Form of Cyber Bullying

Why They Dox: First Large-Scale Study Reveals Top Motivations and Targets for This Form of Cyber Bullying

Researchers say they have published the first large-scale study of doxing.


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Machine Learning and Deep Learning Programs Provide a Helping Hand to Scientists Analyzing Images

Machine Learning and Deep Learning Programs Provide a Helping Hand to Scientists Analyzing Images

Researchers are using machine learning and deep learning to better identify how neutrinos interact with normal matter.


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IBM Raises the Bar With 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

IBM Raises the Bar With 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

IBM last week announced a 50-quantum bit quantum computer, as well as the availability of a 20-qubit system via its cloud computing platform.


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Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare

Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare

Governments are taking a closer look at artificial intelligence as a way to further their strategic interests in areas such as national defense.


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Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences

Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences

Researchers re developing new input/output architectures for convolutional neural network-based cross-view gait recognition by utilizing a Siamese network for verification.


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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.


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Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution

Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution

Surface features on Ceres—the largest world between Mars and Jupiter—and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.


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Cosmos Code Helps Probe Space Oddities

Cosmos Code Helps Probe Space Oddities

The Cosmos computer code is driving supercomputer models of black hole jets and is used to investigate other unusual space phenomena.


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Highly Flexible Organic Flash Memory for Foldable and Disposable Electronics

Highly Flexible Organic Flash Memory for Foldable and Disposable Electronics

A new ultra-flexible organic flash memory can be applied to non-conventional substrates, such as plastics and papers.


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Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl

Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl

Researchers have been developing a tool that can take a single image of a face and create an animated version that puts on either a happy, sad, or angry expression.


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A Robotic Spy Among the Fish

A Robotic Spy Among the Fish

Researchers have developed a miniature robot that can integrate perfectly into schools of zebrafish.


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TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems

TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems

Researchers have taught artificially intelligent machines to study the TV show "CSI" and identify the perpetrator in each episode.


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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.


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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting, according to people familiar with the matter.


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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers have made flexible and stretchable photonic devices using a specialized type of glass formed into a spring-like coil.


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Chip-Based Sensors With Incredible Sensitivity

Chip-Based Sensors With Incredible Sensitivity

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have created an optical whispering gallery mode resonator.


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Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google

Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google

Salesforce artificial intelligence researchers have disclosed details of their project to translate text without human input, using Google's Transformer system.


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Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors

Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors

Researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to enhance Hasbro's Joy for All Companion Pets into smart robots that can help older adults with everyday tasks.


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Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption

Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption

Organizations like the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation have a hard time cracking suspects' smartphones, thanks to end-to-end encryption.