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April 2018


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Mars Quakes Set to Reveal Tantalizing Clues to Planet's Early Years

Mars Quakes Set to Reveal Tantalizing Clues to Planet's Early Years

A planetary stethoscope will soon be on its way to listen to the heartbeat of Mars.


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Stretchable Smart Sensor a Promising Alternative to Painful Blood Tests

Stretchable Smart Sensor a Promising Alternative to Painful Blood Tests

A new flexible wireless sensor worn on the skin monitors the pH of the wearer's sweat in real time.


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European Commission Unveils €1.5 Billion AI Funding

European Commission Unveils €1.5 Billion AI Funding

The European Commission will be investing an extra €1.5 billion in artificial intelligence through 2020 under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.


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Researchers 3D-Print Electronics, Cells Directly on Skin

Researchers 3D-Print Electronics, Cells Directly on Skin

University of Minnesota researchers have printed electronics on a real hand for the first time.


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Bento Browser Makes It Easier To Search On Mobile Devices

Bento Browser Makes It Easier To Search On Mobile Devices

A new Web browser brings order to complex searches in a way not possible with conventional tabbed browsing.


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AI to Find Optimal Electric Car Recharge Point Locations

AI to Find Optimal Electric Car Recharge Point Locations

A new artificial intelligence tool can determine the best locations for electric car charging stations.


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Machine Speak: Left to Their Own Devices, Computers Can Figure it Out

Machine Speak: Left to Their Own Devices, Computers Can Figure it Out

Researchers are using new machine learning techniques to teach electronic devices to share data and communicate with other machines without human assistance.


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The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch

The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles on the same line.


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Human Brain Gain: Computer Models Hint at Why We Bested Neandertals

Human Brain Gain: Computer Models Hint at Why We Bested Neandertals

The parallel existence of an intelligent species closely related to us has long fascinated scientists and the public alike.


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Change Blindness: Mobile Phone Users Miss Vital Information

Change Blindness: Mobile Phone Users Miss Vital Information

A new study has found that the way mobile phone users interact with their devices could result in a phenomenon known as "change blindness."


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Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.

Europe's leading scientists have crafted plans for a multinational European institute for artificial intelligence research.


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CMU Researchers Create Self-Folding Origami, Try for Pasta That Shapes as it Cooks

CMU Researchers Create Self-Folding Origami, Try for Pasta That Shapes as it Cooks

Researchers have created origami that folds itself.


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Move Over, Tupac! Life-Size Holograms Set to Revolutionize Videoconferencing

Move Over, Tupac! Life-Size Holograms Set to Revolutionize Videoconferencing

Researchers have developed the first truly holographic videoconferencing system, allowing users in different locations to appear before one another life-size and in three dimensions.


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U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

The U.S. Army is creating a virtual duplicate of our planet in which to drill troops.


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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an extended family were glued to Facebook. And they were furious.


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Universe's First Moments Mimicked with Ultracool Atoms

Universe's First Moments Mimicked with Ultracool Atoms

Cosmologists think that in its first moments, the Universe ballooned from a subatomic size to bigger than a grapefruit. But testing theories about this period is difficult, because researchers cannot recreate such extreme conditions…


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Some Startups Use Fake Data to Train AI

Some Startups Use Fake Data to Train AI

Berlin startup Spil.ly had a problem last spring. The company was developing an augmented-reality app akin to a full-body version of Snapchat's selfie filters—hold up your phone and see your friends' bodies transformed with special…


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The Search for Universal Memory

The Search for Universal Memory

The search for a universal memory is aimed at ultimately replacing the entire computer memory hierarchy with a single technology.


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Future Wearable Device Could Tell How We Power Human Movement

Future Wearable Device Could Tell How We Power Human Movement

A new technology could one day help tell whether tendon injuries are sufficiently healed for people to resume normal activities.


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Applying Network Analysis to Natural History

Applying Network Analysis to Natural History

Researchers are using network analysis techniques popularized through social media applications to discover patterns in Earth's natural history.


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A First for Quantum Physics: Electron Orbitals Manipulated in Diamonds

A First for Quantum Physics: Electron Orbitals Manipulated in Diamonds

Researchers have demonstrated a technique for engineering optical properties of defects in diamonds,  providing a method of storing information that could be used in a quantum computing system.


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Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do

Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do

Researchers have used a deep neural network to build the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre.


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Cracking the Crypto War

Cracking the Crypto War

On December 2, 2015, a man named Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on employees of the Department of Public Health in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and injuring 22 during what was supposed…


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Who Controls Your Data?

Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.


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Gaia Creates Richest Star Map of Our Galaxy - and Beyond

Gaia Creates Richest Star Map of Our Galaxy - and Beyond

ESA's Gaia mission has produced the richest star catalogue to date, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars and revealing previously unseen details of our home Galaxy.


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Researchers Deliver Open-Source Simulator for Cyberphysical Systems

Researchers Deliver Open-Source Simulator for Cyberphysical Systems

Researchers have created a software framework to help developers design integrated mechanisms of computation, networking, and physical processes.


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Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms

Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are increasingly popular as cloud Internet of Things platforms.


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How Machine Learning Helped Surrey Develop a New Algorithm That Could Add More Life to Bridges

How Machine Learning Helped Surrey Develop a New Algorithm That Could Add More Life to Bridges

A new algorithm compresses big data from bridge monitoring systems into more manageable sizes.


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MoS2 Transistor Can Be Used in Bendable OLED Displays

MoS2 Transistor Can Be Used in Bendable OLED Displays

Researchers at Korea's Yonsei and Chung-Ang universities have developed a molybdenum disulfide transistor that can be used in bendable OLED displays.


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Study Shows First Computer-Driven Cars Will Have Noticeable Impact on Rush Hour

Study Shows First Computer-Driven Cars Will Have Noticeable Impact on Rush Hour

Adding even a few automated vehicles to traffic will positively influence all traffic flow, resulting in faster, smoother commutes for all drivers, according to a new study.

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