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June 2018


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Team's E-Whiskers May Be a Touchstone for Future of Electronic Skin

Team's E-Whiskers May Be a Touchstone for Future of Electronic Skin

A new variety of electronic sensor made from shape-memory polymers was modeled after whiskers.


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Faster Analysis of Medical Images

Faster Analysis of Medical Images

A new machine learning algorithm can register brain scans and other three-dimensional images about 1,000 times faster than previously possible using novel learning methods.


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Software Without Coding

Software Without Coding

"Citizen Developers" can create new applications via low-code development.


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The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space

The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space

On a frigid day last January in northern Sweden, a German-led team of physicists loaded a curious machine onto an unmanned rocket.


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Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps ­p on the Ryugu Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps ­p on the Ryugu Asteroid

Here's the mission for Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft in a nutshell: Fly to a carbon-rich asteroid between the orbits of Earth and Mars, study it for a year and a half and then bring back some pieces for additional study on Earth…


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4 Tweets Can Reveal the Identity of an Anonymous Troll

4 Tweets Can Reveal the Identity of an Anonymous Troll

Four geotagged posts are sufficient to identify an anonymous account from a telephone company's database of customers.


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Autonomous Vehicles: U of T Researchers Make Advances With New Algorithm

Autonomous Vehicles: U of T Researchers Make Advances With New Algorithm

Researchers working with Uber developed an algorithm combining object detection, tracking over time, and prediction to improve maneuver planning by driverless vehicles.


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Targeting the Engine Room of the Cancer Cell

Targeting the Engine Room of the Cancer Cell

Researchers have created a computational framework to match individual tumors with drugs or drug combinations most likely to destroy them.


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How Deep Learning Is Making Computers Better at Guessing Your Passwords

How Deep Learning Is Making Computers Better at Guessing Your Passwords

A machine learning technique can make computers up to 24% better at guessing passwords.


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Producing Sensors With an Inkjet Printer

Producing Sensors With an Inkjet Printer

Researchers in Germany collaborated on a system that can three-dimensionally print microelectrode arrays directly onto soft substrates.


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New Data Could Help Siri, Alexa Know When They're Being Unhelpful

New Data Could Help Siri, Alexa Know When They're Being Unhelpful

A new dataset is designed to train artificial intelligence systems to recognize when they lack sufficient information to answer questions accurately.


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The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service providers to hand over their users' locations over significant…


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Why a 40-Year-Old SCOT­S Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today

Why a 40-Year-Old SCOT­S Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today

Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, the US Supreme Court came close to banning software patents.


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Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder

Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder

Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.


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'E-Dermis' Brings Sense of Touch, Pain to Prosthetic Hands

'E-Dermis' Brings Sense of Touch, Pain to Prosthetic Hands

A team of engineers has created an electronic skin that, when layered on top of prosthetic hands, provides a real sense of touch through the fingertips.


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Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

A new modular flying robot powered by ducted fans can change shape while in flight.


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Realistic Avatars for the Virtual Zoo

Realistic Avatars for the Virtual Zoo

An international team created an algorithm for generating lifelike three-dimensional avatars of four-legged animals solely from photos.


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MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet

MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet

A new smart power outlet can analyze electrical current usage from single or multiple outlets.


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DNA Barcodes That Reliably Work: A Game-Changer for Biomedical Research

DNA Barcodes That Reliably Work: A Game-Changer for Biomedical Research

A new method invented by University of Texas at Austin researchers can correct the errors that creep into DNA barcodes.


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Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power of these futuristic machines.


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How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures

How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn't easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language.


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Martian Dust Storm Grows Global; Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze

Martian Dust Storm Grows Global; Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.


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Smart Thermometers Improve Flu Forecasting

 Smart Thermometers Improve Flu Forecasting

Connecting electronic thermometers to smartphones permits the capture of instant, anonymized fever readings as leading indicators of influenza outbreaks.


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Microsoft Opens Access to Sensor Data on the HoloLens With 'Research Mode' Update

Microsoft Opens Access to Sensor Data on the HoloLens With 'Research Mode' Update

Microsoft has added a research mode to its HoloLens mixed-reality smartglasses so researchers and developers can access a broader spectrum of sensor-captured data.


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SDSC Comet and Machine Learning Simulates H2O With '­nprecedented Accuracy'

SDSC Comet and Machine Learning Simulates H2O With '­nprecedented Accuracy'

Researchers used machine learning techniques and a supercomputer to develop the most accurate models to date for simulations of water.


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Game-Changing Finding Pushes 3D Printing to the Molecular Limit

Game-Changing Finding Pushes 3D Printing to the Molecular Limit

Research at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. validates the ability to three-dimensionally print advanced materials with molecules that can switch states.


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Everything Big Data Claims to Know About You Could Be Wrong

Everything Big Data Claims to Know About You Could Be Wrong

A new study suggests big-data analysis may yield inaccurate representations about people.


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The Science Behind the World Cup Ball

The Science Behind the World Cup Ball

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.


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AgBOT That Slaps Watermelons to Determine Ripeness Wins Top Prize

AgBOT That Slaps Watermelons to Determine Ripeness Wins Top Prize

A team from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received first prize in the third annual 2018 agBOT Challenge in Indiana.


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Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that uses input video to create photorealistic reanimations of portrait videos.