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The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo
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The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo

Take a look at the photograph below; it's just an ordinary picture of two people outside a building, right? One of them appears to be handing something to the other...

Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State
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Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature's whims.

CMU Scientists Harness 'Mind Reading' Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts
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CMU Scientists Harness 'Mind Reading' Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

Researchers have combined machine-learning algorithms with brain-imaging technology to "mind read."

MIT Researchers Offer Algorithm for Picking 'Winning' Startups
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MIT Researchers Offer Algorithm for Picking 'Winning' Startups

A new algorithmic scheme for venture capital investment pairs the unpredictabilty of Brownian motion with large datasets about startup founders, investors, and...

Robots to Help Children With Autism
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Robots to Help Children With Autism

Researchers are working to develop robots to help children with autism in ways that humans cannot.

Image Analysis and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Dairy Farming
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Image Analysis and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Dairy Farming

Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have developed an early detection method for cow lameness, which is also known as hoof disease.

How AI Helped the FCC Auction Off $19-Billion Worth of Radio Spectrum
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How AI Helped the FCC Auction Off $19-Billion Worth of Radio Spectrum

Researchers in March organized a $19-billion auction of 84 megahertz of radio spectrum using artificial intelligence.

An Algorithm Helps Protect Mars Curiosity's Wheels
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An Algorithm Helps Protect Mars Curiosity's Wheels

There are no mechanics on Mars, so the next best thing for NASA's Curiosity rover is careful driving.

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life
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New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life

Before human beings wrote books or did math or composed music, we made leather.

That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data
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That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data

Spoiler alert: If you wish to continue enjoying gargantuan home runs in the future with unspoiled pleasure, free of all polynomial equations, read no further. If...

Sight Unseen
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Sight Unseen

New hope for visually impaired technology users.  

Record-Setting Seismic Simulations Run on the Cori Supercomputer
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Record-Setting Seismic Simulations Run on the Cori Supercomputer

Researchers who achieved record-setting seismic simulations presented their studies at this week's ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

Research Accelerates Quest for Quicker, Longer-Lasting Electronics
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Research Accelerates Quest for Quicker, Longer-Lasting Electronics

Researchers have found a topographical insulator "heterostructure" rendering such surfaces magnetic at room temperature.

UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset
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UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset

A University of California, Berkeley professor has announced the release of a massive dataset for Dex-Net 2.0.

Using Neural Nets to Snag Malware Before It Strikes
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Using Neural Nets to Snag Malware Before It Strikes

A $450,000 grant will support the development of an artificial intelligence system that can detect software bugs and security attacks in computer systems before...

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales
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New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

The goal is to prevent cyber attacks and restore trust in digital operations.

10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects
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10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects

Networking vendors use open source projects as platforms for enterprise projects, or as the underlying technology for some of the world's largest networks.

How Quantum Trickery Can Scramble Cause and Effect
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How Quantum Trickery Can Scramble Cause and Effect

Albert Einstein is heading out for his daily stroll and has to pass through two doorways.

Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets
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Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time...

CMU to Harness Power of Collaboration to Advance Artificial Intelligence
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CMU to Harness Power of Collaboration to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Carnegie Mellon University plans to establish one of the largest and most experienced collaborative research groups in the world.
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