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The Most Promising Route to 'Mental Superpowers'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 16:33

Many of us have our special ways of dealing with our feelings and emotions.

How NASA Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 15:02

Everyone likes a good space photo.

A Robot Revolution, This Time in China

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:00

Even a decade ago, car manufacturing in China was still a fairly low-tech, labor-intensive endeavor.

Father of the Internet: 'AI Stands for Artificial Idiot'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:00

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf said modern artificial intelligence systems are only as smart as the people who interact with them.

What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:00

The challenge of understanding drivers' behavior and the quirks of local traffic means the use of autonomous vehicles on public roads will be constrained for many years.

New Robotic Fish for Environmental Monitoring

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are developing a fish-like underwater vehicle equipped with biosensors to monitor water quality.

Kids, Parents Alike Worried About Privacy With Internet-Connected Toys

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:00

A new study points to anxieties about the potential for Wi-Fi-enabled Internet-connected toys to infringe on children's privacy.

Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:00

C-LEARN is a system designed to let users teach robots skills that they can pass along to other robots.

The Search for Life on Mars Is about to Get Weird

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 16:58

Since the dawn of the space age NASA and other agencies have spent billions of dollars to reconnoiter Mars—assailing it with spacecraft flybys, photo-snapping orbiters and landers nose-diving onto its surface.

Down on the Farm with C3PO

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 15:13

Turning to robots to improve agricultural yields.

Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 15:10

Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula, by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves seen by the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to the powerful X-ray glow as seen by the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Mobile Device Can Accurately and Inexpensively Monitor Air Quality Using Machine Learning

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:00

c-Air is a new, cost-effective mobile device designed to measure air quality.

Researchers Use Twitter to Track the Flu in Real Time

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a computational model to project the spread of the seasonal flu in real time, using Twitter posts.

Stanford Team Brings Quantum Computing Closer to Reality With New Materials

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:00

In an attempt to bring functional quantum computers closer to reality, researchers are developing materials that can trap a single isolated electron.

Nanofridge Could Keep Quantum Computers Cool Enough to Calculate

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have conceived of a nanoscale refrigerator to maintain temperatures cold enough to keep qubits functioning in a quantum computer.

The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-size Worlds From Colliding

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 14:44

In February, astronomers announced the discovery of a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets, and at least some of the planets seemed to be in a zone that could provide cozy conditions for life.

The Finesse of Flying Cassini Between Saturn's Rings

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 13:52

The Cassini space probe is going to dive through Saturn's rings again on Wednesday, the third of a planned 22 orbits threading that planetary needle as the probe continues a ballistic death-drop inward.

Cornell CIS and Adobe Collaboration Creates AI Photo Tool

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:00

Deep Photo Style Transfer software can transpose the look of one photo onto another.

Harnessing the Potential of Big Data to Improve the Security of Internet of Things Devices

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have proposed algorithms that generate and store a very small piece of secret information within an Internet of Things device.

Laser-Controlled Touch Displays Near Reality

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered a phenomenon called the photodielectric effect, which they think could be applied to the development of laser-controlled touch displays.

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