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April 2018


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

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.


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Scientists ­se Machine Learning to Speed Discovery of Metallic Glass

Scientists ­se 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.


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Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe

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.


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Invertebrates Inspire First Fully 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

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.


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Who Wrote This?

Who Wrote This?

The creators of malicious code could be unmasked by a machine learning de-anonymizer.


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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

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 made entirely from synthetic material.


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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

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


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

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.


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

Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as ­.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 sell their products in this country.


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Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company's software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What unlikely feats could be next?


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Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Using small, rotating magnetic fields, researchers controlled nanomachines inside of living cells to trace the letters "N" and "M."


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­sing an Algorithm to Reduce Energy Bills—Rain or Shine

­sing an Algorithm to Reduce Energy Bills—Rain or Shine

Researchers have developed a residential energy scheduling algorithm by training three action dependent heuristic dynamic programming networks.


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Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?

Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?

Researchers have verified a new material configuration to facilitate cooling of electronics using holey silicon.


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AN­ Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks

AN­ 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 the  electric grid.


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

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.


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

­.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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20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except for several proof-of-principle experiments, no working quantum…


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Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic. But in a prosperous economy where nearly everyone had work, there…


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Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too

Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too

The European Union is preparing to implement sweeping privacy rules next month, but these new protections of individuals' information may set a new standard around the world—including in the U.S.


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UW Researchers Pioneer Way for Ordering Laundry Detergent with 3D Printing

UW Researchers Pioneer Way for Ordering Laundry Detergent with 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional-printing method that can monitor laundry detergent use, and place an order when the supply is running low.


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Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Researchers have used laser beams to manipulate a sodium atom and a caesium atom into a single, asymmetrical molecule, making it potentially useful for quantum computing.


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Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes Into Laboratory-Grade Devices

Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes Into Laboratory-Grade Devices

Deep learning can discern and enhance microscopic details in smartphone photos, with the potential to transform applications in global health, telemedicine, and medical diagnostics.


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Seeding a Level Playing Field for 'Dr. AI'

Seeding a Level Playing Field for 'Dr. AI'

Algorithms must be trained on current health data to be useful.


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In Memoriam: Burton J. Smith 1941–2018

In Memoriam: Burton J. Smith 1941–2018

Smith was well-known as a leader in high-performance computer architecture and programming languages for parallel computers.


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AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone

AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone

You've likely seen artificial intelligence technology spread into apps, devices and services, doing things like recognizing your friends' faces in photos and endowing smart speakers with human-sounding voices.


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Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption

Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray on the bureau's efforts to unlock encrypted devices after a critical watchdog report.


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Scientists Teach Computers How to Analyze Brain Cells

Scientists Teach Computers How to Analyze Brain Cells

Researchers at the San Francisco-based Gladstone Institutes are studying whether computers can be trained to identify structures in unstained cells.


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Computer-Simulated Soybeans

Computer-Simulated Soybeans

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a simulation to guide farmers on soybean-planting strategies.


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New Technology Could Wean the Battery World Off Cobalt

New Technology Could Wean the Battery World Off Cobalt

Scientists are working to build cathodes for batteries that do not rely on cobalt.


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How to Catch a Fish Genome With Big Data

How to Catch a Fish Genome With Big Data

Researchers have assembled an annotated genome of the California Yellowtail for the first time.