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December 2017


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Global Mosquito-Sensing Network Being Built Using Smartphones

Global Mosquito-Sensing Network Being Built Using Smartphones

MozzWear is a low-cost smartphone sensor system that can identify and monitor mosquito populations.


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Not Your Father's Analog Computer

Not Your Father's Analog Computer

Significant work is underway in analog computing in the context of machine learning, machine intelligence, and biomimetic circuits.


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Stanford-Led Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks Emerging Field

Stanford-Led Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks Emerging Field

A Stanford University-led team has launched the AI Index, the first index to track the state of artificial intelligence.


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A Nanotransistor Made of Graphene

A Nanotransistor Made of Graphene

Researchers grew graphene ribbons exactly nine atoms wide with a regular armchair edge from precursor molecules.


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New Research Creates a Computer Chip That Emulates Human Cognition

New Research Creates a Computer Chip That Emulates Human Cognition

Researchers have developed a chip that contains about 5.4 billion transistors and 1 million "neurons" that communicate via 256 million "synapses."


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Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without…


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A.i. Will Transform the Economy. But How Much, and How Soon?

A.i. Will Transform the Economy. But How Much, and How Soon?

There are basically three big questions about artificial intelligence and its impact on the economy: What can it do? Where is it headed? And how fast will it spread?


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Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost

Supercomputing Poised For a Massive Speed Boost

At the end of July, workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee began filling up a cavernous room with the makings of a computational behemoth: row upon row of neatly stacked computing units, some 290 kilometres…


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Ultrasound Could Offer Noninvasive Treatment For Parkinson's and Depression

Ultrasound Could Offer Noninvasive Treatment For Parkinson's and Depression

A macaque monkey sat in front of a computer. A yellow square—the target—appeared in the periphery on the left side of the screen. After a few seconds delay, a second target appeared on the right.


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Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback

Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback

Even in early winter, the sun is harsh in Western Australia's Murchison shire.


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Child-Proofing the Internet of Things

Child-Proofing the Internet of Things

Researchers are studying how children can maintain their safety and privacy as they use the Internet of Things.


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AI Is Dreaming Up New Kinds of Video Games

AI Is Dreaming Up New Kinds of Video Games

Angelina is an artificial intelligence that can imagine new video games from scratch, which has produced hundreds of experimental games since 2011.


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Robots Could Soon Replace Nearly a Third of the U.s. Workforce

Robots Could Soon Replace Nearly a Third of the U.s. Workforce

The growth of automation will force as many as 70 million workers in the U.S. to find new jobs by 2030, according to a new McKinsey Global Institute study.


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Dogs Get the Hollywood Treatment to Make Animal Animations More Realistic

Dogs Get the Hollywood Treatment to Make Animal Animations More Realistic

Researchers are developing a new technique that will use human movements to drive a four-legged animated animal character.


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Algorithms Can Determine a Neighborhood's Political Leanings By Its Cars

Algorithms Can Determine a Neighborhood's Political Leanings By Its Cars

Researchers at Stanford University have developed algorithms that can determine where a neighborhood's political allegiances lie by analyzing the cars on its streets.


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Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing

Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing

A universal quantum computer capable of outperforming today's classical computers in solving many different problems remains the biggest future prize for many engineers and researchers.


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Parallel Computational Thinking

Parallel Computational Thinking

Applications must be programmed to process instructions in parallel to take full advantage of the new multicore processors.


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Perovskites Boost Solar-Cell Potential

Perovskites Boost Solar-Cell Potential

New materials could allow cheaper, more efficient solar cells for both traditional and novel applications.


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Gaming Machine Learning

Gaming Machine Learning

Game simulations are driving improvements in machine learning for autonomous vehicles and other devices.

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