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October 2018


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The Robot Eye With an All-Round Field of View

The Robot Eye With an All-Round Field of View

Researchers in Germany have developed a laser sensor with image processing algorithms to facilitate a robot vision system with an all-round field of view.


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Scientists ­se AI to Predict Why Children Struggle at School

Scientists ­se AI to Predict Why Children Struggle at School

Scientists have used machine learning to determine why some children struggle at school.


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The Big Hack: How China ­sed a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate ­.S. Companies

The Big Hack: How China ­sed a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate ­.S. Companies

In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video.


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Scientists Create a 'Social Network of Brains'

Scientists Create a 'Social Network of Brains'

Sending your thoughts directly into someone else's brain may seem like the stuff of science fiction. But this capability could be closer to reality than you think.


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Estrin Awarded McArthur 'Genius Grant'

Estrin Awarded McArthur 'Genius Grant'

Estrin was cited for "designing open-source platforms that leverage mobile devices and data to address socio-technological challenges such as personal health management."


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Groundbreaking Science Emerges from ­ltra-Close Orbits of Saturn

Groundbreaking Science Emerges from ­ltra-Close Orbits of Saturn

New research emerging from the final orbits of NASA's Cassini spacecraft represents a huge leap forward in our understanding of the Saturn system—especially the mysterious, never-before-explored region between the planet and …


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Assessing the Impact of Cryptography on Internet Privacy

Assessing the Impact of Cryptography on Internet Privacy

Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman on the relationship between cryptography and Internet privacy, and the impact the Turing Award has had on their lives, at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.


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Pushing the Boundaries of Learning With AI

Pushing the Boundaries of Learning With AI

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM are collaborating on a project to teach students Mandarin in virtual environments.


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AS­ Team Wins AI Commentator Track of the KAIST World Cup 2018

AS­ Team Wins AI Commentator Track of the KAIST World Cup 2018

Arizona State University's team won the artificial intelligence commentator track of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology AI World Cup 2018 competition.


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There Are Many More Female STEM Teachers Now Than 20 Years Ago

There Are Many More Female STEM Teachers Now Than 20 Years Ago

The population of female instructors in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) public schools has grown significantly in the past 20 years.


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This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope

This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope

A palm-sized bipedal robot can carry out a medical inspection of a patient when a doctor is unavailable.


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A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System

A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System

Among some astronomers, there is a growing suspicion that our solar system's distant reaches conceal a large, ninth planet that we have not yet seen. New findings about a small ice world far beyond Pluto buttress this idea.


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Japanese Rover Lands on Ancient Asteroid for 16-Hour Mission

Japanese Rover Lands on Ancient Asteroid for 16-Hour Mission

A third rover has touched down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu, marking a hat-trick of successful landings for the Japanese Hayabusa2 space mission.


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In Memoriam: Gerald L. Engel 1942-2018

In Memoriam: Gerald L. Engel 1942-2018


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Supercomputing for Better Commuting: In Pursuit of Fuel Economy, Mobility

Supercomputing for Better Commuting: In Pursuit of Fuel Economy, Mobility

Researchers are working to demonstrate how traffic lights can be programmed to improve automotive fuel economy and reduce emissions, while facilitating the flow of traffic.


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State-Level Policy for Computer Science Education Continues to Grow

State-Level Policy for Computer Science Education Continues to Grow

A report by Code.org found many U.S. states are aggressively implementing policies in support of computer science education across K-12 curriculums.


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The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads

The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads

University of Washington in Seattle researchers have developed a brain-to-brain network that transmits thoughts among members of a group.


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Software Helps Analyze Writing Disabilities

Software Helps Analyze Writing Disabilities

Researchers have developed a software program that can analyze children's writing disabilities and their causes.


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VR Can Improve Performance During Exercise

VR Can Improve Performance During Exercise

Researchers have found using virtual reality headsets while exercising reduced perception of pain and effort, while extending activity.


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Robots May Need Lizard-Like Tails for 'Off-Road' Travel

Robots May Need Lizard-Like Tails for 'Off-Road' Travel

Researchers have found that the motion (and tails) of lizards could improve designs for robots.


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'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel

'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel

Optical physicists Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics."


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New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell

New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell

Today's artificial intelligence systems, including the artificial neural networks broadly inspired by the neurons and connections of the nervous system, perform wonderfully at tasks with known constraints.


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Feds Force Suspect To ­nlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

Feds Force Suspect To ­nlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

It finally happened. The feds forced an Apple iPhone X owner to unlock their device with their face.


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Introducing the Lettuce Peeling Robot

Introducing the Lettuce Peeling Robot

A robotic lettuce leaf peeling system is seen as a possible breakthrough in improving agricultural efficiency.


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Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection

Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection

A new machine learning technique can drastically reduce false positives in fraud-detecting technology that incorrectly flag credit card sales as suspicious.


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Score One for Privacy

Score One for Privacy

Researching ways to block facial recognition software.


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What Termites Can Teach ­s

What Termites Can Teach ­s

New termite colonies are founded on windless evenings, at dusk, after the rain. Most termites have neither eyes nor wings, but every mature colony has a caste of translucent-winged seeing creatures called alates, which are nurtured…


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Microsoft Brings Robot Operating System to Windows 10

Microsoft Brings Robot Operating System to Windows 10

Microsoft has debuted an official (but experimental) of Robot Operating System for Windows 10.


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Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

Score one for the human brain. In a new study, computer scientists found that artificial intelligence systems fail a vision test a child could accompli


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Request for Information on ­pdate to the 2016 National AI R&D Strategic Plan

Request for Information on ­pdate to the 2016 National AI R&D Strategic Plan

Notice of Request for Information.