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Online Sites Fight Back Against Blocked Ads
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Online Sites Fight Back Against Blocked Ads

Researchers recently examined the anti-ad blocking environment and what can be done to improve it.

Social Robot Developed at UNSW Set to Revolutionize Workplace Experience
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Social Robot Developed at UNSW Set to Revolutionize Workplace Experience

Researchers have developed a social robot to promote creativity and collaboration in the workplace.

Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society
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Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society

The University of Southampton in the U.K. recently launched the Center for Machine Intelligence.

Where's the Bear?
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Where's the Bear?

Researchers are using machine learning to identify and classify wildlife caught on camera.

Researchers Take Terahertz Data Links Around the Bend
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Researchers Take Terahertz Data Links Around the Bend

A recent study demonstrated terahertz frequency data links can bounce around a room without losing too much data, which could make terahertz wireless data networks...

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats
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How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats

After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly...

Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start
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Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start

More than 300 Olympics-related computer systems have already been hit, with many of them compromised.

Mind the Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, and Magnets
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Mind the Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, and Magnets

The field of cybersecurity is obsessed with preventing and detecting breaches, finding every possible strategy to keep hackers from infiltrating your digital inner...

App Translates Lectures Into Text
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App Translates Lectures Into Text

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed Lecture Buddy, a smartphone application that translates lectures into text using a continuous speech recognition...

Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and Useful Thing
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Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and Useful Thing

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working on small aerial drones that purposefully collide with obstacles and then move on to perform various functions...

Clemson Researchers Blaze New Ground in Wireless Energy Generation For Future Electronic Gadgets
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Clemson Researchers Blaze New Ground in Wireless Energy Generation For Future Electronic Gadgets

Researchers at Clemson University have developed the ultra-simple tirboelectric nanogenerator (U-TENG) designed to take mechanical motion and transform it into...

Controlling Quantum Interactions In a Single Material
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Controlling Quantum Interactions In a Single Material

An international team led by Northwestern University professor James Rondinelli has demonstrated the coexistence of multiple quantum interactions in a single material...

NASA Tests Atomic Clock For Deep Space Navigation
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NASA Tests Atomic Clock For Deep Space Navigation

In deep space, accurate timekeeping is vital to navigation, but many spacecraft lack precise timepieces on board.

Army Researchers Develop New Algorithms to Train Robots
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Army Researchers Develop New Algorithms to Train Robots

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed new methods for robots or computer programs to learn how to...

EFF Founder and Internet Activist John Perry Barlow Has Died
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EFF Founder and Internet Activist John Perry Barlow Has Died

John Perry Barlow has one of those resumes that seems too surreal to be true: poet turned Grateful Dead lyricist; lifelong activist; columnist for Communications...

Inside North Korea's Hacker Army
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Inside North Korea's Hacker Army

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul's Gangnam district: smartphone...

Can Computers Learn Like Humans?
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Can Computers Learn Like Humans?

The world of artificial intelligence has exploded in recent years. Computers armed with AI do everything from drive cars to pick movies you'll probably like.

AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory
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AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory

When it comes to black boxes, there is none more black than the human brain. Our gray matter is so complex, scientists lament, that it can't quite understand itself...

Newly Discovered Form of Water Ice Is 'really Strange'
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Newly Discovered Form of Water Ice Is 'really Strange'

Scientists have confirmed a form of water that is simultaneously solid and liquid. It is the latest advance in the study of water, a seemingly simple substance...

Supercomputing More Light Than Heat
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Supercomputing More Light Than Heat

Researchers have used the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment to gain access to more than 975,000 compute hours on the Maverick supercomputing...
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