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AI Research Seeks to Grow Trust between Humans and Computers
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AI Research Seeks to Grow Trust between Humans and Computers

Researchers have received a $7.55-million grant to find new ways to have artificial intelligence explain its decision-making process to human users.

Inside Earth, Visualized: HD Video Models Planet's Core
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Inside Earth, Visualized: HD Video Models Planet's Core

Were it not for our Earth's magnetic field, the planet would be bombarded by charged particles from the sun.

Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues
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Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step...

Party Lines
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Party Lines

Measuring the "immeasurable" could curtail electoral gerrymandering.

A Computer That Reads Body Language
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A Computer That Reads Body Language

Researchers have developed a computer capable of understanding body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time.

Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality
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Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, urged people to show support for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules that are likely to be...

Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
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Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's...

Lights, Camera, CRISPR: Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA
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Lights, Camera, CRISPR: Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA

Internet users have a variety of format options in which to store their movies, and biologists have now joined the party.

11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge
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11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge

Girls ages 10-18 from around the world are competing in the Technovation Challenge, a global effort to learn and apply technology to try to solve problems in their...

Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?
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Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Researchers have used a computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five U.S. cities.

Rare Enigma Machine Fetches 45,000 Euros at Auction
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Rare Enigma Machine Fetches 45,000 Euros at Auction

A rare Enigma machine used by Nazi Germany during World War II was sold at auction Tuesday for 45,000 euros ($51,500). 

UW's Lip-Syncing Obama Demonstrates New Technique to Turn Audio Clips Into Realistic Video
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UW's Lip-Syncing Obama Demonstrates New Technique to Turn Audio Clips Into Realistic Video

University of Washington researchers have developed a system that can take audio clips from one speech and sync them with video clips from another.

Bangalore Taps Tech Crowdsourcing to Fix 'Unruly' Gridlock
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Bangalore Taps Tech Crowdsourcing to Fix 'Unruly' Gridlock

India's Gridlock Hackathon aims to find solutions to the congested roads that cost the economy billions of dollars.

Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written by Humans
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Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written by Humans

A neural network trained on poetry has attempted to write its own lines; ts best efforts can convince people they are reading the words of a human poet.

President of Harvey Mudd College Criticizes Silicon Valley's 'Bro Culture'
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President of Harvey Mudd College Criticizes Silicon Valley's 'Bro Culture'

The president of Harvey Mudd University, Maria Klawe, has criticized the culture in some of Silicon Valley's tech companies.

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit
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First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient...

Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries
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Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries

The attack had the hallmarks of something researchers had dreaded for years: malicious software using artificial intelligence that could lead to a new digital arms...

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit.

Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work
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Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work

Researchers are trying to teach intelligent machines to explain, in human terms, how their minds work.

Fighting Tick-Borne Disease With Computer Science
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Fighting Tick-Borne Disease With Computer Science

Researchers are using new data on ticks in the southeastern U.S. to build mathematical models of how the grasses, wildlife, and ticks respond to different conditions...
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