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March 2017


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Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'skin' For Robots

Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'skin' For Robots

Researchers believe three-dimensional printing of flexible electronics integrating sensors and processing circuitry is key to bulk manufacturing of a robot "skin."


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Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks

Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to create tadpoles with pigmentation never before seen in nature.


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Software Synthesis Learns By Example

Software Synthesis Learns By Example

Neural networks will assist, rather than replace, human programmers.


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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

NatureThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever

Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever

On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear's living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the secrets of longevity.


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Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

Cells are basically tiny computers: They send and receive inputs and output accordingly.


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Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Researchers say they have developed a system that can digitally transmit the color and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water.


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What It Means to {codelikeagirl}

What It Means to {codelikeagirl}

The University of Rochester has significantly increased the number of female students graduating with computer science degrees.


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Machine Learning Opens ­p New Ways to Help Disabled People

Machine Learning Opens ­p New Ways to Help Disabled People

Companies are developing and launching machine-learning technologies and applications to enhance the experience of disabled persons.


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These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

OpenAI last week disclosed new research detailing the training of artificial intelligence bots to generate their own shared language.


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People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.


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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

Researchers have developed an intelligent routing algorithm designed to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams across a roadway network.


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Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.i. Apocalypse

Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.i. Apocalypse

It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Demis Hassabis, a leading creator of advanced artificial intelligence, was chatting with Elon Musk, a leading doomsayer, about the perils of artificial intelligence…


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­nexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics

­nexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas say they have developed a material that can transform from an atomically thin, two-dimensional sheet into an array of one-dimensional nanowires.


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Seeing Sound

Seeing Sound

Texas A&M University professor Tim Davis uses sparse matrix algorithms to create works of electronic art by visualizing music.


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­sing Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball

­sing Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball

Disney researchers have developed ways to enhance virtual experiences involving interactions with physical objects by showing how a person using a virtual reality system can use it to catch an actual ball.


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'girls in Stem' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM

'girls in Stem' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM

Cleoniki Kesidis writes that a culture that tries to encourage girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields guilt-tripped her into pursuing such a career, which she found unrewarding and left.


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Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed

Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed

Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have successfully demonstrated that a quadruped robot can spontaneously change its steps between energy-efficient patterns.


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How to Hunt For a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

How to Hunt For a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented hunt.


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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.


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A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant For His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant For His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel has created an artificially intelligent teaching assistant.


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Wpi Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute

Wpi Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Yanhua Li has proposed an alternative urban transit system that uses a hub-and-spoke configuration with shared shuttles.


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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.


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Research Leads to a Golden Discovery For Wearable Technology

Research Leads to a Golden Discovery For Wearable Technology

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a way to "grow" thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon and use them as substrates on which to grow other electronic materials.


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Hash Function Sha-1 Is Broken

Hash Function Sha-1 Is Broken

The industry should be scrambling for upgrades.   


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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.


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The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous systems.


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Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus

Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus

The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is supporting research on deciphering the timing and sequences of bird calls.


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Molecular Motor-Powered Biocomputers

Molecular Motor-Powered Biocomputers

European researchers recently launched a research project that aims to develop a biocomputer based on highly efficient molecular motors that will use a fraction of the energy of existing computers.


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Coders and Librarians Team ­p to Save Scientific Data

Coders and Librarians Team ­p to Save Scientific Data

Software programmers, librarians, and others are archiving scientific data from government websites.