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Chemists have a new lab assistant: artificial intelligence. Researchers have developed a "deep learning" computer program that produces blueprints for the sequences of reactions needed to create small organic molecules, such …
If John von Neumann were designing a computer today, there's no way he would build a thick wall between processing and memory. At least, that's what computer engineer Naresh Shanbhag of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign…
Researchers taught a machine to "hallucinate" its idea of the video game "Doom," then got a virtual agent to play its own dream version of the game so it could learn to play the real thing.
Researchers are using the Stampede and Lonestar supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to develop next-generation lithium-metal batteries.
Researchers are working on the development of electric vehicles that one day may be able to charge while driving, by drawing wireless power from plates installed in the road.
Tufts University researchers have built tooth-mounted sensors that collect information on one's glucose, salt, and alcohol intake.
A new flexible patch could help perform ultrasound imaging on objects difficult to inspect with conventional ultrasound equipment.
Nicholas Oliver gathers reams of personal information about users of his mobile app: age, sex, location, profession, relationship status, and more—and uses it to send them targeted advertising.
Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.
The practices of Cambridge Analytica, a data-analytics firm involved in US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, have made headlines around the world this month.
A new study suggests an unusual magnetic phenomenon could yield efficient, low-power computer memory.
A Princeton University student used Facebook's advertising audience estimates to reveal insights on the global digital gender gap.
Smartphone software and technology can furnish an objective measure of the progression of Parkinson's disease symptoms.
Researchers have demonstrated that a deep learning convolutional network model can estimate bone age as well as human radiologists.
Utility is high, even though the translations may be limited.
Thomas Metzinger had his first out-of-body experience when he was nineteen.
It looks like one of the marquee cases before the U.S. Supreme Court is about to go bust—sabotaged by a needle in a legislative haystack.
Researchers in the U.S. and China are studying a "misinformation network" related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Engineers have built a millimeters-wide bright-light-emitting device that is fully transparent when deactivated.
Researchers are developing ways to address problems in social network analysis, including dissemination of malicious misinformation.
IBM researchers have developed granular microcomputers that could work with a blockchain electronic ledger to verify and track any product.
Charles is a robot that can mimic human facial expressions.
Researchers say they have created the world's most complex biological computer, a group of engineered cells that could be implanted into the human body.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations regarding the exposure of profile data for millions of users, Facebook is now facing an investigation into its data-collection practices by the Federal Trade Commission.
Astronomer Ed Shaya was in his office looking at data from NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012 when he noticed something unusual: The light from a galaxy had quickly brightened by 10 percent.
Sometimes, being part of a large crowd can be worse than uncomfortable: it can turn lethal. Deadly crowd crushes that occurred in 2017 include incidents in an Angolan football stadium, an Italian piazza and a Moroccan food aid…
Researchers have mined sensor data collected from volunteers to discover hidden trends in well-being, academic performance, and behavior.
Researchers placed magnetized spheres into a solution and subjected them to an "eccentric magnetic field" so they self-assemble with smaller spheres, attached by virtual hinges.