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LHC Physicists Unveil a Charming New Particle
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LHC Physicists Unveil a Charming New Particle

Physicists using the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, have discovered a new kind of heavy particle, they announced...

 How AI Detectives Are Cracking Open the Black Box of Deep Learning
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How AI Detectives Are Cracking Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

Loosely modeled after the brain, deep neural networks are spurring innovation across science.

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
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Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future
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Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future

The idea of building a computer that uses light rather than electricity goes back more than half a century.

DU Physicists Put New Spin on Computer Technology
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DU Physicists Put New Spin on Computer Technology

Researchers at the University of Denver have demonstrated spin transport through a synthetic material that is amorphous, or non-ordered, both magnetically and structurally...

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center
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UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center

The University of California, Santa Cruz has launched a new data science research center that provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia...

AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown
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AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

Researchers suggest artificial intelligence could greatly benefit robotic exploratory spacecraft by giving them autonomy.

Study Finds Hackers Could Use Brainwaves to Steal Passwords
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Study Finds Hackers Could Use Brainwaves to Steal Passwords

A recent study suggests brainwave-sensing electroencephalograph headsets need better security.

How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car
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How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car

Self-driving cars. They're the future of transportation—and they're getting smarter all the time.

Conference Organizers Say U.S. Travel Ban Not A Disaster – Yet
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Conference Organizers Say U.S. Travel Ban Not A Disaster – Yet

Travel restrictions appear to have had minimal impact on conference attendance so far.

By Teaching Computers to Track Asteroids, UW Scientists May Save the Earth
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By Teaching Computers to Track Asteroids, UW Scientists May Save the Earth

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are participating in a project to track asteroids so collisions with Earth can be predicted and averted.

DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy
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DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy

The former head of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar, has a dream. It's a civilian utopian neuroscience dream that's kind of the inverse of the scenarios that the far-out...

Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days
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Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days

Last July 4th, NASA's Juno spacecraft slowed its record breaking pace just enough to get caught in the pull of Jupiter's gravity.

A New Method Could Enable More Stable and Scalable Quantum Computing, Penn Physicists Report
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A New Method Could Enable More Stable and Scalable Quantum Computing, Penn Physicists Report

Researchers have discovered a new topological material that may enable more stable and scalable quantum computing.

Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art
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Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art

Researchers have modified a generative adversarial network to create an artificial intelligence program that produces images in unconventional styles.

How Building Baseline Video Analytics via Crowdsourcing Can Lead to Safer Streets
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How Building Baseline Video Analytics via Crowdsourcing Can Lead to Safer Streets

The city of Bellevue, WA, is collaborating with Microsoft, the University of Washington, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers on the Video Analytics Towards...

This Cellphone Can Make Calls Even Without a Battery
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This Cellphone Can Make Calls Even Without a Battery

Researchers have developed a prototype cellphone that functions without a battery, drawing power from the surrounding environment.

Hey Siri, an Ancient Algorithm May Help You Grasp Metaphors
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Hey Siri, an Ancient Algorithm May Help You Grasp Metaphors

Researchers have found digital assistants could one day learn the algorithms humans have used for centuries to create and understand metaphorical language.

Single-Cell Sequencing Made Simple
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Single-Cell Sequencing Made Simple

Single-cell biology is a hot topic these days. And at the cutting edge of the field is single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq).

Researchers Crack 1024-bit RSA Encryption in GnuPG Crypto Library
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Researchers Crack 1024-bit RSA Encryption in GnuPG Crypto Library

A team of researchers found that the "left-to-right sliding window" method used by the libgcrypt library for carrying out the mathematics of cryptography leaks...
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