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May 2016


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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Researchers have developed a "myoelectric" haptic system designed to work with a prosthetic hand. 


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Headaches Likely to Grow Over Auto Cybersecurity Concerns

Headaches Likely to Grow Over Auto Cybersecurity Concerns

Issues related to automobile cybersecurity are likely to increase, but U.S. auto cybersecurity standards are not expected until at least 2018. 


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Ibm Inches Ahead of Google in Race For Quantum Computing Power

Ibm Inches Ahead of Google in Race For Quantum Computing Power

All kinds of things are hooked up to the Internet these days, but Jerry Chow's computer stands out. Chilled by liquid helium, his superconducting processor uses quantum physics to circumvent rules of everyday reality that limit…


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Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash

Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash

On a recent Monday in April, more than 100 executives from some of the world's largest financial institutions gathered for a private meeting at the Times Square office of Nasdaq Inc.


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Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

We humans might not be the only ones to ponder our place in the universe.


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Avoiding the Crush

Avoiding the Crush

Using algorithms to anticipate crowd behavior.


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­wm Researchers Create a Better Way to Find Out 'when'

­wm Researchers Create a Better Way to Find Out 'when'

An international team of scientists has devised a mathematical tool that can reduce timing uncertainties during changing events.


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Machines Can Learn to Respond to New Situations Like Human Beings Would

Machines Can Learn to Respond to New Situations Like Human Beings Would

KU Leuven researchers have shown machines can learn to respond to unfamiliar objects like a human would.


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Scientists Teaching Machines to Make Clinical Trials More Successful

Scientists Teaching Machines to Make Clinical Trials More Successful

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center are using machine-learning technology to find better ways to recruit patients for clinical trials. 


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The Government Wants Your Fingerprint to ­nlock Your Phone. Should that Be Allowed?

The Government Wants Your Fingerprint to ­nlock Your Phone. Should that Be Allowed?

As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom.


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Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

Twelve years ago, Robert McEliece, a mathematician and engineer at Caltech, won the Claude E. Shannon Award, the highest honor in the field of information theory.


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The Struggle with Image Glut

The Struggle with Image Glut

As the fruit-fly larva wriggles forwards in the video, a crackle of neural activity shoots up its half-millimetre-long body.


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Thinking Outside the Sample

Thinking Outside the Sample

Researchers have developed a framework they say could help computers learn how to process and identify images faster and more accurately. 


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Inspired By Nature

Inspired By Nature

University of Washington researchers are collaborating with Microsoft to encode, store, and retrieve digital text and images using DNA molecules.


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Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months on Mars.


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Ai, Md: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Way Illness Is Diagnosed and Treated

Ai, Md: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Way Illness Is Diagnosed and Treated

Frost & Sullivan's Venkat Rajan observes the concept of artificial intelligence in healthcare has entered reached "early-stage commercialization, adoption, and utilization." 


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Maiden Voyage of Stanford's Humanoid Robotic Diver Recovers Treasures From King Louis Xiv's Wrecked Flagship

Maiden Voyage of Stanford's Humanoid Robotic Diver Recovers Treasures From King Louis Xiv's Wrecked Flagship

Stanford University researchers are calling the maiden voyage of the OceanOne humanoid diving robot a significant astonishing success. 


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Asc16 Student Supercomputer Challenge Results Are In

Asc16 Student Supercomputer Challenge Results Are In

The top prize in the Asia Supercomputer Community's 2016 Student Supercomputer Challenge went to the Huazhong University of Science and Technology team. 


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Q&a: Python Creator Guido Van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming

Q&a: Python Creator Guido Van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming

Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the world’s most popular programming languages.


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Vint Cerf: Buggy Software Is Scarier Than A Robot Takeover

Vint Cerf: Buggy Software Is Scarier Than A Robot Takeover

Google’s chief Internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, said he has no fear of a robotic overthrow, because artificial intelligence is not that sophisticated.


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Silicon Photonics: Ready to Go the Distance?

Silicon Photonics

Processes for making CMOS chips are adapted for optical components.


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Coding as Sport

Coding as Sport

Programming competitions help identify and reward those who excel in coding.


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Cybersecurity Gets Smart

Cybersecurity Gets Smart

Researchers aim to apply artificial intelligence and machine-learning methods to take cybersecurity to a new, higher, and better level.

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