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Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Help Scientists Record Thunderquakes
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Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Help Scientists Record Thunderquakes

Researchers have found that underground fiber-optic cables can be used to track thunderstorms.

Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions
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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions

The AI Now Institute at New York University is urging a ban on the use of artificial intelligence that automatically analyzes facial expressions to influence hiring...

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves
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Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves

Researchers have demonstrated how to teach a PR2 robot to perform simple repairs on itself by tightening its own screws. 

Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering
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Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering

Researchers have developed a bioprinter that can speed computer-controlled creation of human tissue.

Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words
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Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words

An algorithmic approach for data analysis automatically recognizes uninformative words, known as stop words, in a large collection of text.

Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi
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Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi

Researchers at Facebook have taught the company's artificial intelligence software how to play the game Hanabi, a Solitaire-like card game that requires players...

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

Microsoft, Ford Try Using Quantum-Style Computing to Solve Seattle's Traffic Problem
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Microsoft, Ford Try Using Quantum-Style Computing to Solve Seattle's Traffic Problem

Microsoft and Ford Motor are using quantum-inspired computing models to try to optimize traffic management in Seattle.

3D-Printed Bunny Contains DNA Instructions to Make Copy of Itself
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3D-Printed Bunny Contains DNA Instructions to Make Copy of Itself

Researchers three-dimensionally-printed a polyester rabbit that contains DNA in which instructions for making copies of itself are stored.

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets
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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable
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Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable

A new open-source program combines the functions of a word processor with other things one might need when writing scientific research papers.

Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service
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Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service

Amazon Web Services has launched a platform that lets enterprise customers explore how they could benefit from quantum computers by developing and testing quantum...

New Data Addresses Gap in Fusion Research
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New Data Addresses Gap in Fusion Research

Researchers have developed a method of enhancing the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions.

A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner
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A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner

Industry researcher IHS Markit expects the number of cameras used for surveillance worldwide to rise above 1 billion by the end of 2021.

3D Printing Offers Hope of Building Human Organs From Scratch
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3D Printing Offers Hope of Building Human Organs From Scratch

Scientists in Israel used three-dimensional (3D) printing to create perfusable cardiac tissue that was able to beat.

A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?
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A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?

A report found that 13 innovation industries were mainly sited in a handful of urban areas in the U.S.

Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel
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Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel

Researchers have developed a hand-tracking system to determine how long it would take a driver to assume control of a self-driving car in an emergency.

Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts
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Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts

A robot with emotion-sensing voice detectors has been launched to the International Space Station.

Can We Identify Invasive Species Before They Invade?
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Can We Identify Invasive Species Before They Invade?

Researchers have developed models for predicting patterns of damage by invasive insects that attack North American trees.

Water Animation Gets Easier, Thanks to BYU Professors
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Water Animation Gets Easier, Thanks to BYU Professors

A new technique permits the rapid resizing of fluid animations without the need to remodel entire animation sequences.
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