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2017 AAAS Fellows Recognized for Advancing Science
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2017 AAAS Fellows Recognized for Advancing Science

The 2017 AAAS Fellows will be honored at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, Feb. 15-19, 2018.

Breakthrough Could Launch Organic Electronics Beyond Cellphone Screens
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Breakthrough Could Launch Organic Electronics Beyond Cellphone Screens

An international team of researchers could advance the use of organic electronics by facilitating a breakthrough in organic semiconductors.

As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors
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As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape...

Can Computers Be Creative?
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Can Computers Be Creative?

Pennsylvania State University researchers are training computers to produce original design ideas, in order to determine whetyer they are technically feasible. ...

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 
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Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 

The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan...

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code
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The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

The new AI Now Institute is a cross-disciplinary initiative that will research the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News
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Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News

World Wide Web Consortium founder (and 2016 A.M. Turing Award recipient) Sir Tim Berners-Lee discusses how his perspective of the Web has changed since its inception...

Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences
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Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences

Researchers re developing new input/output architectures for convolutional neural network-based cross-view gait recognition by utilizing a Siamese network for verification...

Choreography With Computers
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Choreography With Computers

Singapore Management University professor Akshat Kumar is developing computational methods for choreographing the movements of autonomous cars and ships.

Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

A letter from 122 members of the Australian artificial intelligence research community urges Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support for a ban on...

NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments
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NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report titled "Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments."

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order
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China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.

Broadening the CS Cohort
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Broadening the CS Cohort

Innovative programs are drawing women and minority students to computer science, and giving them the support they need to succeed.

UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon
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UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon

The University of Maryland recently hosted its third all-women hackathon.

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
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Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...

ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities
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ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities

Researchers are partnering with Oak Ridge, TN, to develop a sensor network and real-time visualization platform that helps cities evaluate urban activity trends...

Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative
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Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative

Facebook has been happy to keep congressional investigators focused on the Russian-bought online ads that helped sway voters in last year's election—despite the...

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

Robots Won't Take Away Our Jobs, or They Will and It Will Be 'Liberating,' Profs Say
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Robots Won't Take Away Our Jobs, or They Will and It Will Be 'Liberating,' Profs Say

Cornell University professor Guy Hoffman called the notion of losing all professions to robots delusional.

Preservation for the (Digital) Ages
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Preservation for the (Digital) Ages

Researchers are working to enhance the preservation of digital humanities databases.
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