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Detecting Hidden Threats
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Detecting Hidden Threats

Technology under development at the University of Delaware is aimed at detecting explosive devices from a distance.

Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes
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Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of a deep neural network programmed to detect diabetes.

The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies
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The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies

More and more businesses are accepting cryptocurrencies as payment; here's why.

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa
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Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa

Data scientists in South Africa are readying themselves for a flood of information that is due to crash over them when the country's biggest radio telescope doubles...

The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time
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The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time

At precisely three minutes and thirty seconds before two o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, April 10, 1896, on a bridge in the Greek town of Marathon, an army...

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
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Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.

The Robots Will See You Now
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The Robots Will See You Now

Researchers used advanced real-time tracking software and robotics to design and test the first closed-loop control system featuring a bioinspired robotic replica...

Improving Drone Performance in Headwinds
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Improving Drone Performance in Headwinds

Researchers have found that angling the rotor blades of a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle can reduce pitching when attempting to fly into headwinds.

Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'
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Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'

Jueying is a quadruped robot dog that can run up a steep slope, walk on thick snow, and regain its balance after receiving a heavy blow.

UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes
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UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has cited the need to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research....

Mr. Robot
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Mr. Robot

Geoffrey Hinton spent 30 years hammering away at an idea most other scientists dismissed as nonsense. Then, one day in 2012, he was proven right.

How Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too
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How Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too

What if you could grow vegetables in half the time? What if a surgeon could see cancerous cells throughout an entire operation? What if solar panels could become...

Early Facebook, Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built
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Early Facebook, Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the Center for Humane Technology.

China: Police Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses
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China: Police Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses

The Chinese government is equipping its police with real-time facial-recognition sunglasses to instantly locate criminals in crowds.

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...
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