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Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve
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Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power of these futuristic...

How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures
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How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn't easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language...

Martian Dust Storm Grows Global; Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze
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Martian Dust Storm Grows Global; Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Haze

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.

SDSC Comet and Machine Learning Simulates H2O With 'Unprecedented Accuracy'
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SDSC Comet and Machine Learning Simulates H2O With 'Unprecedented Accuracy'

Researchers used machine learning techniques and a supercomputer to develop the most accurate models to date for simulations of water.

Game-Changing Finding Pushes 3D Printing to the Molecular Limit
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Game-Changing Finding Pushes 3D Printing to the Molecular Limit

Research at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. validates the ability to three-dimensionally print advanced materials with molecules that can switch states...

Everything Big Data Claims to Know About You Could Be Wrong
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Everything Big Data Claims to Know About You Could Be Wrong

A new study suggests big-data analysis may yield inaccurate representations about people.

Microsoft Opens Access to Sensor Data on the HoloLens With 'Research Mode' Update
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Microsoft Opens Access to Sensor Data on the HoloLens With 'Research Mode' Update

Microsoft has added a research mode to its HoloLens mixed-reality smartglasses so researchers and developers can access a broader spectrum of sensor-captured data...

Chip Upgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate
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Chip Upgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reduced the size and power consumption of a computer chip they designed in 2017 to help honeybee-sized drones...

The Science Behind the World Cup Ball
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The Science Behind the World Cup Ball

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.

Inside Portland's Plan to Battle Traffic Deaths by Hanging 'Smartphones' on Street Lights
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Inside Portland's Plan to Battle Traffic Deaths by Hanging 'Smartphones' on Street Lights

The city of Portland, OR, hopes to reduce traffic-related fatalities by equipping streetlights with sensors programmed to constantly detect speed and motion data...

Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools
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Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools

Fewer children in the U.K. are developing the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.

AgBOT That Slaps Watermelons to Determine Ripeness Wins Top Prize
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AgBOT That Slaps Watermelons to Determine Ripeness Wins Top Prize

A team from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received first prize in the third annual 2018 agBOT Challenge in Indiana.

Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good
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Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that uses input video to create photorealistic reanimations of portrait videos.

A Robot Has Performed Eye Surgery on Humans for the First Time
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A Robot Has Performed Eye Surgery on Humans for the First Time

Researchers used a robot developed to can perform eye surgery on humans to help six patients who needed a membrane removed from their retina to improve their vision...

New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate
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New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate

One of the earliest attempts to estimate the number of genes in the human genome involved tipsy geneticists, a bar in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and pure guesswork...

The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban
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The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban

Seven weeks after Iran's conservative-led judiciary banned the secure communications app Telegram inside the country, Iranians are still reeling from the change...

Iowa Dedicates $1 Million to Train Computer Science Teachers
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Iowa Dedicates $1 Million to Train Computer Science Teachers

The Iowa Board of Education has adopted suggested computer science standards, which set new learning goals for students.

Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed
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Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed

Harvey Mudd College researchers have developed a novel autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore the sea floor looking for signs of wrecked ships.

This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting
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This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting

A new machine learning algorithm can spot specific patterns in mathematical structures and apply them to extract interesting sequences from randomly generated ones...
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