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Noise Warfare
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Noise Warfare

Researchers at Harvard University have developed noise-robust classifiers against the worst case of added additional data that disrupts or skews information an...

Supercomputers Aid Discovery of New, Inexpensive Material to Make LEDs With Excellent Color Quality
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Supercomputers Aid Discovery of New, Inexpensive Material to Make LEDs With Excellent Color Quality

Researchers used data mining and computational tools to find a new phosphor material for white light-emitting diodes that yield better color quality than many commercial...

Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs
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Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs

A new "pick-and-place" robot features a standard industrial robotic arm equipped with a custom gripper and suction cup.

F# for Scientists
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F# for Scientists

Over the next five years, F# is expected to become a popular functional programming language for scientists working on the Windows platform.

Scientists Pave the Way for Resilient Robot Swarms
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Scientists Pave the Way for Resilient Robot Swarms

Researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. say they are developing fault-tolerant robotic swarms using bio-inspired algorithms and machine learning...

Researchers Find Tweeting in Cities Lower Than Expected
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Researchers Find Tweeting in Cities Lower Than Expected

Researchers at the University of Illinois Coordinated Science Lab say they have found that fewer people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones...

Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories
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Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and...

Multidisciplinary Team Receives DARPA Award to Develop Novel Magnetic Materials
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Multidisciplinary Team Receives DARPA Award to Develop Novel Magnetic Materials

Researchers have received a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency award to develop novel magnetic materials by unlocking the power of skyrmions.

New Algorithm Can Pinpoint Mutations Favored by Natural Selection in Large Sections of the Human Genome
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New Algorithm Can Pinpoint Mutations Favored by Natural Selection in Large Sections of the Human Genome

A new algorithm can identify mutations in the human genome favored by natural selection.

Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move
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Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move

Researchers have developed a soft robot without any rigid components that moves like a snake.

Physicists Create New Form of Light
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Physicists Create New Form of Light

Researchers have demonstrated the successful interaction of photons, which could clear a path toward using light particles in quantum computing.

The Construction Industry in the 21st Century
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The Construction Industry in the 21st Century

Three-dimensional printing and other new technologies are revitalizing the business of building buildings.

Sessions Forms U.S. Cyber Task Force After Election Warnings
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Sessions Forms U.S. Cyber Task Force After Election Warnings

The Justice Department will have until the end of June to report its findings.

The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
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The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data

Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering...

Fake News 'Vaccine': Online Game May 'Inoculate' by Simulating Propaganda Tactics
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Fake News 'Vaccine': Online Game May 'Inoculate' by Simulating Propaganda Tactics

A new online game is designed to provide "general immunity" against fake news and propaganda.

Copycatch
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Copycatch

Researchers in India have created a deep-learning algorithm to help people identify doctored images by focusing on specific areas of the human face.

Building a Passion for STEM Studies Among Women and Girls
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Building a Passion for STEM Studies Among Women and Girls

Just 20% of Canada's post-secondary science, technology, engineering, and math students currently are female.

Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?
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Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?

Researchers in Germany have probed the extent to which autonomous social bots were used on Twitter during Japan's general elections in 2014.

Brain Scan and Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Whether OCD Will Improve With Treatment
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Brain Scan and Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Whether OCD Will Improve With Treatment

Researchers have developed a way to use brain scans and machine learning to predict whether people with obsessive compulsive disorder will benefit from cognitive...
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