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NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
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NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt

A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula...

New Way to Write Magnetic Info Could Pave the Way for Hardware Neural Networks
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New Way to Write Magnetic Info Could Pave the Way for Hardware Neural Networks

A new method for writing magnetic information in any pattern uses a very small magnetic probe known as a magnetic force microscope.

Armed With Tough Computer Chips, Scientists Are Ready to Return to the Hell of Venus
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Armed With Tough Computer Chips, Scientists Are Ready to Return to the Hell of Venus

Robot missions to Venus could become routine within the next decade by sending exploratory probes with highly durable computer chips that can handle the planet's...

Voice Impersonators Can Fool Speaker Recognition Systems
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Voice Impersonators Can Fool Speaker Recognition Systems

Researchers have found skillful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, posing a significant security risk.

Cultivating STEM Success
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Cultivating STEM Success

Harvard University's Pooja Chandrashekar founded the ProjectCSGIRLS coding competition, now the largest such competition for middle-school girls in the U.S.

Virginia Becomes First State to Require Computer Science Instruction
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Virginia Becomes First State to Require Computer Science Instruction

Virginia has completed a series of computer science standards designed to configure the curriculum and what instructors are expected to teach at each grade level...

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.

How Disinformation and Distortions on Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide
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How Disinformation and Distortions on Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

Internet freedom is on the decline for the seventh consecutive year as governments around the world take to distorting information on social media in order to influence...

This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship
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This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can skillfully play a Battleship-like game by determining how to ask questions as efficiently as possible...

UCLA Engineers Use Deep Learning to Reconstruct Holograms and Improve Optical Microscopy
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UCLA Engineers Use Deep Learning to Reconstruct Holograms and Improve Optical Microscopy

Researchers have developed two new uses for machine learning--reconstructing a hologram to form a microscopic image of an object, and improving optical microscopy...

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.

WPI Research Detects When Online Reviews and News Are a Paid-for Pack of Lies
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WPI Research Detects When Online Reviews and News Are a Paid-for Pack of Lies

New algorithms are designed to combat crowdturfing, in which masses of online workers are paid to post phony reviews, circulate malicious tweets, and spread fake...

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...

Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing
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Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing

Princeton University professor Margaret Martonosi says quantum computing has reached an inflection point.

New Software Can Pinpoint Hate Groups' Radicalization Sites
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New Software Can Pinpoint Hate Groups' Radicalization Sites

New software searches mainstream websites and the Dark Web to identify sites that contain terrorist ideologies that encourage people to cause harm.

Multiplayer Video Games: Researchers Discover Link Between Skill and Intelligence
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Multiplayer Video Games: Researchers Discover Link Between Skill and Intelligence

Researchers have found a connection between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games, and high levels of intelligence.

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. ...

First-of-Its-Kind Bioengineered Robotic Hand to Sense Touch
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First-of-Its-Kind Bioengineered Robotic Hand to Sense Touch

Researchers are developing a bioengineered robotic hand that will grow and adapt to its environment, with its own peripheral nervous system linking to sensors and...

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...
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