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The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged from the Freezer
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The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged from the Freezer

After spending three months at a temperature of just 20 degrees Celsius above absolute zero, the massive James Webb Space Telescope emerged from a large vacuum...

Geocarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas
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Geocarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas

A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping...

Wavy Transistors That Vertically Gain Width Without Increasing Their On-Chip Footprint For Future Flexible Displays
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Wavy Transistors That Vertically Gain Width Without Increasing Their On-Chip Footprint For Future Flexible Displays

Researchers say they have developed a unique transistor architecture that improves the performance of display circuitry in next-generation mobile electronics.

Incorporating Social Media Reviews Can Improve Surveillance of Restaurant Health Problems
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Incorporating Social Media Reviews Can Improve Surveillance of Restaurant Health Problems

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has used a system that tracks food-borne illness via online Yelp restaurant reviews to identify instances...

Exascale a 'main Priority' For Doe
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Exascale a 'main Priority' For Doe

Exascale computing is a priority for the U.S. Department of Energy, which last year alloted $258 million to research the hardware, software, and applications needed...

Are International Students Still Coming to the U.s.a.?
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Are International Students Still Coming to the U.s.a.?

Is the U.S. political situation, including its on-again/off-again immigration bans, scaring away foreign students?

In ‘listening In,’ a Surveillance Expert Warns That No Secret Is Safe
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In ‘listening In,’ a Surveillance Expert Warns That No Secret Is Safe

Smartphones, smart cars, smart fridges: all are connected to the Web, and hackers and governments alike are all too eager to peer inside.  

Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 
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Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 

Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy agreement caught his eye.

Bbva Foundation Recognizes Goldwasser, Micali, Rivest, Shamir, For Enabling a Secure Digital Society
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Bbva Foundation Recognizes Goldwasser, Micali, Rivest, Shamir, For Enabling a Secure Digital Society

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category goes  to Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali, Ronald Rivest...

How to See a Memory
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How to See a Memory

For someone who's not a Sherlock superfan, cognitive neuroscientist Janice Chen knows the BBC's hit detective drama better than most.

Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 
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Nasa Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial Gps 

From its perch aboard the International Space Station, a NASA experiment has shown how future missions might navigate their way through deep space.

Developing a Secure, Un-Hackable Net
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Developing a Secure, Un-Hackable Net

A team of researchers say they have developed a technique of securely communicating among three or more quantum devices, regardless of who made them.

Making the Internet of Things Possible With a New Breed of 'memristors'
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Making the Internet of Things Possible With a New Breed of 'memristors'

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland say they have designed and fabricated the building blocks of future components for neuromorphic computers.

These States Embraced Computer Science Education in 2017
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These States Embraced Computer Science Education in 2017

Schools across the U.S. started to embrace computer science last year, with several states now moving ahead with legislation to make computer science education...

'holostream' Allows High-Quality Wireless 3D Video Communications
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'holostream' Allows High-Quality Wireless 3D Video Communications

Holostream is a new platform enabling high-quality three-dimensional video communications on mobile devices.

New Discovery Could Improve Brain-Like Memory and Computing
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New Discovery Could Improve Brain-Like Memory and Computing

Researchers say they have demonstrated the existence of a new type of magnetoresistance involving topological insulators that could improve computing and computer...

Can We Make a Hack-Proof Internet with Quantum Physics?
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Can We Make a Hack-Proof Internet with Quantum Physics?

Is it possible to build a network that's impossible to hack? Quantum physicists believe it might.

Nasa Space Telescopes Provide a 3D Journey Through the Orion Nebula
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Nasa Space Telescopes Provide a 3D Journey Through the Orion Nebula

Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes...

Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

In the next few weeks, a research group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands expects to receive an important package. Its contents promise to...

Ornl Researchers Use Titan to Accelerate Design, Training of Deep-Learning Networks
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Ornl Researchers Use Titan to Accelerate Design, Training of Deep-Learning Networks

Combining artificial intelligence with high-performance computing yielded a peak speed of 20 petaflops in the creation and training of deep-learning networks on...
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