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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?
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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

Missing documentation and obsolete environments force participants in the Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge to get creative.

NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations
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NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations

The U.S. National Science Foundation has taken action in 16-to-20 individual cases, most involving "very well-known academics," in which foreign ties were not properly...

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending
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China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending

The U.S. National Science Foundation estimated China's research and development funding is rapidly catching up to that of the U.S.

How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable
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How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable

Proof at the nexus of pure mathematics and algorithms puts 'quantum weirdness' on a whole new level.

Trump Picks Computer Scientist to Lead NSF
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Trump Picks Computer Scientist to Lead NSF

U.S. President Donald Trump nominated computer scientist and Arizona State University vice president Sethuraman Panchanathan to be director of the U.S. National...

Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool
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Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool

Artificial intelligence researchers are trying to fix the flaws of neural networks.

Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed
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Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed

The open-source Julia language combines the speed of "compiled" languages such as Fortran and C with the interactivity and syntax of "scripting" languages such...

A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Philosopher Andy Clark reflects on what it will take for artificially intelligent agents to become more capable.

AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game
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AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game

A new artificial intelligence program beat elite professional poker players at six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker.

From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray
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From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray

Art historians are starting to utilize machine learning to provide empirical support for theories previously limited to the subjective eye of the beholders.

Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data
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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.

Mars Methane Hunt Comes ­p Empty, Flummoxing Scientists
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Mars Methane Hunt Comes ­p Empty, Flummoxing Scientists

A spacecraft that was supposed to solve the mystery of methane on Mars has instead compounded scientists' confusion.

Black Hole Pictured for First Time, in Spectacular Detail
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Black Hole Pictured for First Time, in Spectacular Detail

Astronomers have finally glimpsed the blackness of a black hole. By stringing together a global network of radio telescopes, they have for the first time produced...

Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu
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Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu

For the past year, space probe Hayabusa2 has pelted asteroid Ryugu with bouncing probes, shot a bullet at it, and taken a bite of it—all for science.

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

GPS Glitch Threatens Thousands of Scientific Instruments
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GPS Glitch Threatens Thousands of Scientific Instruments

Researchers worldwide are racing to get ahead of a bug in the US Global Positioning System (GPS) that could cause data loggers, including thousands of scientific...

Beware of Plausible Predictions of Fantasy Materials
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Beware of Plausible Predictions of Fantasy Materials

The hunt is on for materials that have exotic properties, to enhance quantum computers, touch screens and electronic displays, and to double the efficiency of solar...

Siberia's Ancient Ghost Clan Starts to Surrender Its Secrets
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Siberia's Ancient Ghost Clan Starts to Surrender Its Secrets

Samantha Brown didn't have high hopes when she opened the ziplock bag containing some 700 shards of bone. It would be a lot of work to analyse them and none was...

Four New DNA Letters Double Life's Alphabet
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Four New DNA Letters Double Life's Alphabet

The DNA of life on Earth naturally stores its information in just four key chemicals—guanine, cytosine, adenine and thymine, commonly referred to as G, C, A and...
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