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How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature's Mysterious Patterns
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How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature's Mysterious Patterns

Mathematician and cryptologist Alan Turing was also a naturalist who used math to explain patterns in nature.

The Milky Way's Speediest Stars Could Solve a 50-Year-Old Mystery
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The Milky Way's Speediest Stars Could Solve a 50-Year-Old Mystery

Ken Shen was racing against the sun.

Particle Physicists Turn to AI to Cope with CERN's Collision Deluge
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Particle Physicists Turn to AI to Cope with CERN's Collision Deluge

Physicists at the world's leading atom smasher are calling for help. In the next decade, they plan to produce up to 20 times more particle collisions in the Large...

Sessions: Congress May Need to 'Take Action' on Encryption
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Sessions: Congress May Need to 'Take Action' on Encryption

Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated in a Monday speech that Congress may ultimately have to wade into the debate about federal law enforcement agencies unlocking encrypted...

Custom Silicon Microparticles Dynamically Reconfigure on Demand
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Custom Silicon Microparticles Dynamically Reconfigure on Demand

Researchers have demonstrated custom semiconductor microparticles that can be manipulated into various configurations repeatedly while suspended in water.

Man vs. Machine?
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Man vs. Machine?

Deep learning computers in Case Western Reserve University's diagnostic imaging laboratory routinely outperform humans in diagnosing heart failure and detecting...

White House Will Host AI Summit
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White House Will Host AI Summit

The White House plans to convene  executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel, and 34 other major U.S. companies as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of...

Are Human Brains Quantum Computers?
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Are Human Brains Quantum Computers?

Research project could explain how memory, and the brain's biology, works.

A Surprising New Superconductor
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A Surprising New Superconductor

Researchers have developed  a process for producing an ultrathin layer of rhenium sandwiched between gold layers that can superconduct at temperatures higher than...

R and Python are Joining Forces, in The Most Ambitious Crossover Event of the Year—for Programmers
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R and Python are Joining Forces, in The Most Ambitious Crossover Event of the Year—for Programmers


Driverless Car Startup Drive.ai Launching Ride-hailing Service in Texas
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Driverless Car Startup Drive.ai Launching Ride-hailing Service in Texas

From day one, Drive.ai has positioned itself as the driverless car company that thinks most about human-technology interactions.

How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature's Mysterious Patterns  
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How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature's Mysterious Patterns  

Many have heard of Alan Turing, the mathematician and logician who invented modern computing in 1935.

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other
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The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other

Wikipedia editors got locked in a dispute several months ago about the biographical summary boxes that sit atop some pages of the online encyclopedia. The tiff...

Data Science Team Receives ACM Software Prize
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Data Science Team Receives ACM Software Prize

ACM is recognizing an international team of researchers with the 2018 Software System Award for Project Jupyter.

Could Robots Be Counselors? Early Research Shows Positive User Experience
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Could Robots Be Counselors? Early Research Shows Positive User Experience

Researchers have demonstrated that a humanoid social robot can deliver a positive motivational interview.

Gait Assessed With Body-Worn Sensors May Help Detect Alzheimer's
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Gait Assessed With Body-Worn Sensors May Help Detect Alzheimer's

A recent pilot study at the University of Newcastle recently demonstrated that low-cost wearable devices could improve clinical trial efficiency.

Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land
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Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land

A new algorithm can calculate the longest straight-line path around the world on land or sea.

Mining for Gold With a Computer
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Mining for Gold With a Computer

Engineers from Texas A&M University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University used image-analysis software to gain new insights into nanoporous gold...

JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role
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JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role

Manuela Veloso will build on the U.S. bank's existing work applying machine learning technology.
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