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U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training
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U.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

The U.S. Army is creating a virtual duplicate of our planet in which to drill troops.

Move Over, Tupac! Life-Size Holograms Set to Revolutionize Videoconferencing
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Move Over, Tupac! Life-Size Holograms Set to Revolutionize Videoconferencing

Researchers have developed the first truly holographic videoconferencing system, allowing users in different locations to appear before one another life-size and...

CMU Researchers Create Self-Folding Origami, Try for Pasta That Shapes as it Cooks
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CMU Researchers Create Self-Folding Origami, Try for Pasta That Shapes as it Cooks

Researchers have created origami that folds itself.

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.
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Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With U.S.

Europe's leading scientists have crafted plans for a multinational European institute for artificial intelligence research.

Change Blindness: Mobile Phone Users Miss Vital Information
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Change Blindness: Mobile Phone Users Miss Vital Information

A new study has found that the way mobile phone users interact with their devices could result in a phenomenon known as "change blindness."

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an...

Universe's First Moments Mimicked with Ultracool Atoms
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Universe's First Moments Mimicked with Ultracool Atoms

Cosmologists think that in its first moments, the Universe ballooned from a subatomic size to bigger than a grapefruit. But testing theories about this period is...

Some Startups Use Fake Data to Train AI
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Some Startups Use Fake Data to Train AI

Berlin startup Spil.ly had a problem last spring. The company was developing an augmented-reality app akin to a full-body version of Snapchat's selfie filters—hold...

Applying Network Analysis to Natural History
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Applying Network Analysis to Natural History

Researchers are using network analysis techniques popularized through social media applications to discover patterns in Earth's natural history.

A First for Quantum Physics: Electron Orbitals Manipulated in Diamonds
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A First for Quantum Physics: Electron Orbitals Manipulated in Diamonds

Researchers have demonstrated a technique for engineering optical properties of defects in diamonds,  providing a method of storing information that could be used...

Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do
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Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do

Researchers have used a deep neural network to build the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre....

Future Wearable Device Could Tell How We Power Human Movement
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Future Wearable Device Could Tell How We Power Human Movement

A new technology could one day help tell whether tendon injuries are sufficiently healed for people to resume normal activities.

The Search for Universal Memory
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The Search for Universal Memory

The search for a universal memory is aimed at ultimately replacing the entire computer memory hierarchy with a single technology.

Researchers Deliver Open-Source Simulator for Cyberphysical Systems
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Researchers Deliver Open-Source Simulator for Cyberphysical Systems

Researchers have created a software framework to help developers design integrated mechanisms of computation, networking, and physical processes.

Cracking the Crypto War
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Cracking the Crypto War

On December 2, 2015, a man named Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on employees of the Department of Public Health in San Bernardino,...

Who Controls Your Data?
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Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.

Gaia Creates Richest Star Map of Our Galaxy - and Beyond
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Gaia Creates Richest Star Map of Our Galaxy - and Beyond

ESA's Gaia mission has produced the richest star catalogue to date, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars and revealing previously unseen...

Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms
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Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are increasingly popular as cloud Internet of Things platforms.

MoS2 Transistor Can Be Used in Bendable OLED Displays
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MoS2 Transistor Can Be Used in Bendable OLED Displays

Researchers at Korea's Yonsei and Chung-Ang universities have developed a molybdenum disulfide transistor that can be used in bendable OLED displays.

Study Shows First Computer-Driven Cars Will Have Noticeable Impact on Rush Hour
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Study Shows First Computer-Driven Cars Will Have Noticeable Impact on Rush Hour

Adding even a few automated vehicles to traffic will positively influence all traffic flow, resulting in faster, smoother commutes for all drivers, according to...
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