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May 2015


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Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real

Military Technology: Laser Weapons Get Real

Silently, the drone aircraft glides above the arid terrain of New Mexico—until it suddenly pivots out of control and plummets to the ground.


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Can Google Fix Gesture Tech with Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors?

Can Google Fix Gesture Tech with Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors?

Ivan Poupyrev looks like he's playing the world's smallest violin.


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Dartmouth Researchers Create First Smartphone App That Predicts GPA

Dartmouth Researchers Create First Smartphone App That Predicts GPA

Dartmouth College researchers have developed a smartphone app that automatically predicts college students' grade point average based on their smartphone data.


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Researchers Develop Intelligent Handheld Robots

Researchers Develop Intelligent Handheld Robots

University of Bristol researchers have developed, and are studying, intelligent handheld robots. 


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Advance in Quantum Error Correction

Advance in Quantum Error Correction

Researchers have developed a quantum error correction code that requires the measurement of only a few quantum bits at a time. 


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'Deep Web Search' May Help Scientists

'Deep Web Search' May Help Scientists

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory  is collaborating on a platform for searching the Deep Web. 


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Scientist Created Drones that Fly Autonomously and Learn New Routes

Scientist Created Drones that Fly Autonomously and Learn New Routes

A researcher at Mexico's National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics is developing a drone that can fly autonomously without GPS. 


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NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet

NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet

Testing is underway on NASA's next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.


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Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Social robots like the quasi-anthropomorphic Jibo and Amazon's far more utilitarian Echo are beginning to find their places in our living rooms.


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How to Travel Faster Than Light Without Really Trying

How to Travel Faster Than Light Without Really Trying

The speed of light, c, is an absolute physical constant.


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Atomic Telescope Brings Atoms to Standstill

Atomic Telescope Brings Atoms to Standstill

One of the abiding mysteries of physics is how to make the transition between quantum and classical objects.


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How Computers Can Teach Themselves to Recognize Cats

How Computers Can Teach Themselves to Recognize Cats

In June 2012, a network of 16,000 computers trained itself to recognize a cat by looking at 10 million images from YouTube videos. Today, the technique is used in everything from Google image searches to Facebook's newsfeed algorithms…


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Machine Vision System Could Help the Visually Impaired Shop for Food

Machine Vision System Could Help the Visually Impaired Shop for Food

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University are working to develop a device that could help the visually impaired shop for food independently. 


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Mission Possible: This Device Will Self-Destruct When Heated

Mission Possible: This Device Will Self-Destruct When Heated

Researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices and a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand.


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Your Brain's Unique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

Your Brain's Unique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

New research suggests security systems could use brainwaves to verify the identity of individuals. 


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'Deep Learning' Will Soon Give Us Super-Smart Robots

'Deep Learning' Will Soon Give Us Super-Smart Robots

Yann LeCun is among those bringing a new level of artificial intelligence to popular internet services from the likes of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.


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Apple Comes to Payments

Apple Comes to Payments

How a technology firm is disrupting the payments market.


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Is This the First Computational Imagination?

Is This the First Computational Imagination?

Imagine an oak tree in a field of wheat, silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky on a dreamy sunny afternoon.


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'Instinctive' Robot Recovers From Injury Fast

'Instinctive' Robot Recovers From Injury Fast

Computer scientists have endowed a six-legged robot with the ability to rapidly modify its motion to cope with damage, such as the loss of a foot.


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Europa Mission to Probe Magnetic Field and Chemistry

Europa Mission to Probe Magnetic Field and Chemistry

Two powerful science investigations will help unravel the mystery of whether Jupiter's icy moon Europa might have the right conditions for life, when a new NASA mission heads there sometime in the 2020s.


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The Underwater Internet

The Underwater Internet

In 1962, during a period of technological and political transition in the undersea-cable industry, the Keawaula cable station was built on Oahu’s west shore for the landing of the Commonwealth Pacific Cable (COMPAC).


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Supercomputer Unlocks the Secrets of Plant Cells to Create More Resilient Crops

Supercomputer Unlocks the Secrets of Plant Cells to Create More Resilient Crops

Scientists have used supercomputers to move a step closer to identifying the nanostructure of cellulose.


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Researcher Invents Fake Password Technology to Confuse Hackers

Researcher Invents Fake Password Technology to Confuse Hackers

ErsatzPasswords is a security system that makes it much harder for hackers to obtain usable passwords from a leaked database. 


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WALK-MAN Sets the Bar High for DARPA's Robotics Challenge Finals

WALK-MAN Sets the Bar High for DARPA's Robotics Challenge Finals

An international group of researchers has developed the WALK-MAN robot to seamlessly operate in environments damaged by disasters. 


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Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook

Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook

A team of researchers has developed a machine-vision algorithm that can identify and highlight beautiful images.


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Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Sip a Beer at His Own Pace

Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Sip a Beer at His Own Pace

Researchers placed an implant in the posterior parietal cortex of a man paralyzed from the neck down, who then controlled a robotic arm with his mind. 


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Project Exodus

Project Exodus

On March 27th, an American astronaut named Scott Kelly blasted off from Earth and, six hours later, clambered onto the International Space Station.


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Connected Cars, Data Traffic Jams, to Challenge Mobile Operators

Connected Cars, Data Traffic Jams, to Challenge Mobile Operators

A new report  suggests the rise of connected cars could create major network traffic headaches for mobile network operators. 


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New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics

New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics

Bacteria that make us sick are bad enough, but many of them also continually evolve in ways that help them develop resistance to common antibiotic drugs, making our medications less effective or even moot.


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Cyborgs: Not Quite Ready for Primetime

Cyborgs: Not Quite Ready for Primetime

The grinder community seeks to biohack the human race with technology implants.

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