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Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls
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Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls

Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior...

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You
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Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have analyzed 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people...

New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves
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New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.

Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'
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Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'

An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune...

New Algorithm Generates Folding Patterns to Produce Any 3-D Origami Structure
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New Algorithm Generates Folding Patterns to Produce Any 3-D Origami Structure

In July, researchers at the University of Tokyo will announce a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes that guarantees a minimum number of seams.

The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight
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The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight

The European Commission-funded Human Brain Project is on track to create a searchable model of the brain by building an infrastructure combining high-performance...

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life
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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough
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Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education...

What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like
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What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like

Researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab have found that bots they were training to negotiate with each other began conversing in a non-human...

Illinois Researchers Build Dropbox-Like Storage, Analytical System for Scientific Data
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Illinois Researchers Build Dropbox-Like Storage, Analytical System for Scientific Data

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are studying how to accelerate the materials-to-device process through a new framework that links...

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way
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Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser
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Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser

As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity...

How the Government Can Read Your Email
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How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

Google Advances AI With 'One Model to Learn Them All'
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Google Advances AI With 'One Model to Learn Them All'

Google recently released an academic paper describing MultiModel, a template for how to create a single machine-learning model that is capable of addressing multiple...

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color
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MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color

Researchers at MIT are developing smart fabrics as part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AAFOA) alliance. At the grand opening of the Fabric Discovery...

Cybersecurity for Your Car
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Cybersecurity for Your Car

Ohio State University researchers are studying the security of wireless interfaces in vehicles, the use of which will only increase as autonomous vehicles come...

Toward Optical Quantum Computing
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Toward Optical Quantum Computing

Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce...

The Python Programming Language Grows in Popularity
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The Python Programming Language Grows in Popularity

Python is becoming increasingly popular as an enterprise production programming language.

Beyond the Five Senses
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Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
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NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series...
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