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Computer Redesigns Enzyme
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Computer Redesigns Enzyme

Biotechnologists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands used a computational method to convert aspartase to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination...

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers
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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread...

Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks
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Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them.

Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM
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Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM

Australia has allocated $600,000 for the development of a roadmap for increasing engagement and participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering...

UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues
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UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues

An engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles has developed a new three-dimensional printing method that can construct therapeutic biomaterials from...

How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem
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How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem

Researchers have deployed a network composed of platforms, weather stations, tributary monitors, and acoustic Doppler current profiles to attain information on...

'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees
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'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees

A "virtual safe space" tests the threats that face bumblebees.

The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play
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The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

A team of researchers has found that a team of robot football (soccer) players trained to mimic how infant humans walk can beat other robots trained on geometric...

ACM Announces 2018 Presidential Awards
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ACM Announces 2018 Presidential Awards

Three leaders honored for their contributions to computer ethics, education, and public policy.

Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights
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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

"In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?"

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness
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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Machine learning can artificially increase the brightness of photos taken in low-light conditions.

Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
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Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds

Cornell University researchers have developed an energy storage device architecture with the potential for extremely fast charges.

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

AI and Emotions
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AI and Emotions

What it will mean when your products know how you are feeling.

Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics
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Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics

Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is using a simple solvent to disperse carbon nanotubes at record concentrations without additives or volatile chemical reactions...

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology
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How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
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A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto.

Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'
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Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'

University of California, Irvine researchers analyzed the properties of more than 500,000 songs released over three decades to extract the most popular ones.
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