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July 2017


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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.


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Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick

Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers to create richer augmented reality apps that utilize the…


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UA Pioneers More Effective Control for Border Patrol

UA Pioneers More Effective Control for Border Patrol

Researchers are developing a framework for border surveillance that uses artificial intelligence to integrate data from different sources and respond in real time.


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Using Chip Memory More Efficiently

Using Chip Memory More Efficiently

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.


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AI Research Seeks to Grow Trust between Humans and Computers

AI Research Seeks to Grow Trust between Humans and Computers

Researchers have received a $7.55-million grant to find new ways to have artificial intelligence explain its decision-making process to human users.


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Stanford Researchers Find Intriguing Clues About Obesity by Counting Steps Via Smartphones

Stanford Researchers Find Intriguing Clues About Obesity by Counting Steps Via Smartphones

Stanford University researchers found that in countries with little obesity, people mostly walked a similar amount per day.


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Inside Earth, Visualized: HD Video Models Planet's Core

Inside Earth, Visualized: HD Video Models Planet's Core

Were it not for our Earth's magnetic field, the planet would be bombarded by charged particles from the sun.


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Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step toward a surveillance state.


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Party Lines

Party Lines

Measuring the "immeasurable" could curtail electoral gerrymandering.


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Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality

Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, urged people to show support for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules that are likely to be repealed.


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Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope.


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Lights, Camera, CRISPR: Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA

Lights, Camera, CRISPR: Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA

Internet users have a variety of format options in which to store their movies, and biologists have now joined the party.


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Rare Enigma Machine Fetches 45,000 Euros at Auction

Rare Enigma Machine Fetches 45,000 Euros at Auction

A rare Enigma machine used by Nazi Germany during World War II was sold at auction Tuesday for 45,000 euros ($51,500). 


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President of Harvey Mudd College Criticizes Silicon Valley's 'Bro Culture'

President of Harvey Mudd College Criticizes Silicon Valley's 'Bro Culture'

The president of Harvey Mudd University, Maria Klawe, has criticized the culture in some of Silicon Valley's tech companies.


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UW's Lip-Syncing Obama Demonstrates New Technique to Turn Audio Clips Into Realistic Video

UW's Lip-Syncing Obama Demonstrates New Technique to Turn Audio Clips Into Realistic Video

University of Washington researchers have developed a system that can take audio clips from one speech and sync them with video clips from another.


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Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Researchers have used a computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five U.S. cities.


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A Computer That Reads Body Language

A Computer That Reads Body Language

Researchers have developed a computer capable of understanding body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time.


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Bangalore Taps Tech Crowdsourcing to Fix 'Unruly' Gridlock

Bangalore Taps Tech Crowdsourcing to Fix 'Unruly' Gridlock

India's Gridlock Hackathon aims to find solutions to the congested roads that cost the economy billions of dollars.


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Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written by Humans

Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written by Humans

A neural network trained on poetry has attempted to write its own lines; ts best efforts can convince people they are reading the words of a human poet.


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11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge

11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge

Girls ages 10-18 from around the world are competing in the Technovation Challenge, a global effort to learn and apply technology to try to solve problems in their communities.


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First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient Chinese philosopher who died in 391 B.C.


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Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries

Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries

The attack had the hallmarks of something researchers had dreaded for years: malicious software using artificial intelligence that could lead to a new digital arms race in which A.I.-driven defenses battled A.I.-driven offenses…


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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit.


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Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work

Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work

Researchers are trying to teach intelligent machines to explain, in human terms, how their minds work.


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Fighting Tick-Borne Disease With Computer Science

Fighting Tick-Borne Disease With Computer Science

Researchers are using new data on ticks in the southeastern U.S. to build mathematical models of how the grasses, wildlife, and ticks respond to different conditions.


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Study Finds 'Smart' Transformers Could Make Reliable Smart Grid a Reality

Study Finds 'Smart' Transformers Could Make Reliable Smart Grid a Reality

North Carolina State University researchers are developing smart solid-state transformers that could be used to make a stable, reliable smart grid.


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Adding Humanity to Smart Machines

Adding Humanity to Smart Machines

A chat with former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov about his new book, machine intelligence, and human creativity.


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AI, People, and Society

AI, People, and Society

Isaac Asimov's stories about the relationship between people and robots were only a few years old when the phrase "artificial intelligence" was used in a 1955 study proposal.


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More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8GHz Ring Oscillator

More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8GHz Ring Oscillator

Back in 2012, I had the pleasure of visiting the IBM Watson research center.


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Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming

Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming

Need to send a message across interstellar space? Use the sun for a signal boost. A new proposal suggests that the sun's gravity could be used to amplify signals from an interstellar space probe, allowing video to be streamed…