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The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
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The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions
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Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.

What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language
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What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language

The 1.9 iteration of Google's Go language is expected to enhance performance, compilation, and scaling to large code bases.

Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette
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Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette

Researchers are working to enable robots to learn human etiquette.

New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power
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New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power

A Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor has developed a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one.

X-Ray Eyes in the Sky
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X-Ray Eyes in the Sky

Researchers have demonstrated three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi signals.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

From Drinking Straws to Robots
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From Drinking Straws to Robots

Researchers at Harvard University have created a type of semi-soft robot that can stand and walk, and a different robotic water strider that can push itself along...

New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists
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New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists

Researchers at Stanford University have created a national database comprised of data on state patrol stops to uncover evidence of a double standard applied to...

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...

AI for the Common Good
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AI for the Common Good

Considering guiding principles for artificial intelligence with regard to privacy and security.

How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World
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How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World

Argonne National Laboratory scientists aim to produce exascale-enabled software by surmounting problems in memory, power, and computational resources.

Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter
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Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter

A new study shows bots and trolls are using the biggest social media sites to manipulate your views.

DeepMind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler
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DeepMind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests...

World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks
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World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

Thousands of scientists worldwide tap into CERN's computer networks each day in their quest to better understand the fundamental structure of the universe.

NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates
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NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

NASA's Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting...

Top500: U.S. Knocked Out of 'Top Three Most Powerful' List
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Top500: U.S. Knocked Out of 'Top Three Most Powerful' List

The U.S. is no longer among the top three in the Top500's latest ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers.

Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns
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Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns

Researchers applied data-mining technology to determine the global variance of clothing styles from 100 million Instagram photos taken in 44 cities.

New Prospects for Universal Memory
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New Prospects for Universal Memory

Researchers have found a way to control the oxygen concentration in tantalum oxide films produced by atomic layer deposition.

Cars Could Soon Negotiate Smart Intersections Without Ever Having to Stop
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Cars Could Soon Negotiate Smart Intersections Without Ever Having to Stop

Researchers have developed a model of a system in which smart cars do not have to stop at red lights at intersections.
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