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Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts
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Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts

VisFlow is a framework that even novices can use to create highly flexible visualizations from almost any data.

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
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When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Information Is Physics
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Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.

Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol
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Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol

Congressional antitrust investigators are vetting Google's plans to use a new Internet protocol out of worry it could limit competitors' access to consumer data...

Closing In on Quantum Error Correction
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Closing In on Quantum Error Correction

Quantum computers will only become practical when they implement quantum error correction.

AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek
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AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

Scientists at the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory developed bots that trained themselves to cooperate by playing hide-and-seek.

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
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Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...

An Inability to Reproduce
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An Inability to Reproduce

Big data and modern analytics offer enormous possibilities for research, provided scientists can produce consistent results.

Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution
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Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution

Researchers at the University of Arizona have used supercomputer simulations to understand how galaxies such as the Milky Way come into existence.

Google Maps for Tissues
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Google Maps for Tissues

Researchers at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany have developed software to help make sense of vast datasets generated by modern light microscopy...

Chipping Away at Big Data
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Chipping Away at Big Data

Neural network chips whittle big data down to size.

Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism
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Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Brown University researchers have stored information within molecules smaller and less complex than DNA.

It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It
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It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It

Can data be stored in orbiting laser beams?

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species
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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.

Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset
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Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset

Microsoft has deleted its MS Celeb dataset from the Internet.

Research Overcomes Key Obstacles to Scaling ­p DNA Data Storage
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Research Overcomes Key Obstacles to Scaling ­p DNA Data Storage

North Carolina State University researchers have created new techniques for labeling and retrieving data files in DNA-based information storage systems.

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages
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Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted...

New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance
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New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance

A U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project found machine learning techniques could anticipate Australian wheat yields two months before the end of the growing...

Dataset Bridges Human Vision and Machine Learning
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Dataset Bridges Human Vision and Machine Learning

Researchers have created a new dataset that allows cognitive neuroscientists to better leverage deep learning models that have significantly improved artificial...
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