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Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

A video clip of a galloping horse, one of the first motion pictures ever made, is now also the first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell, where it can be retrieved and manipulated indefinitely as the host divides and grows. 

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Tehran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes. 

Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be an Algorithm

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

Google's People + AI Research (PAIR) project aims to develop and release tools designed to help make the inner workings of artificial intelligence systems more transparent. 

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:17

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars!

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 16:05

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.

Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 14:44

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers to create richer augmented reality apps that utilize the full potential of Apple's hardware. 

Using Chip Memory More Efficiently

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:26

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.

UA Pioneers More Effective Control for Border Patrol

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:26

Researchers are developing a framework for border surveillance that uses artificial intelligence to integrate data from different sources and respond in real time.

AI Research Seeks to Grow Trust between Humans and Computers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:26

Researchers have received a $7.55-million grant to find new ways to have artificial intelligence explain its decision-making process to human users.

Stanford Researchers Find Intriguing Clues About Obesity by Counting Steps Via Smartphones

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:26

Stanford University researchers found that in countries with little obesity, people mostly walked a similar amount per day.

Inside Earth, Visualized: HD Video Models Planet's Core

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:19

Were it not for our Earth's magnetic field, the planet would be bombarded by charged particles from the sun.

Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:49

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step toward a surveillance state.

Party Lines

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:23

Measuring the "immeasurable" could curtail electoral gerrymandering.

Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 08:13

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, urged people to show support for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules that are likely to be repealed.

Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:55

The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope.

Lights, Camera, CRISPR: Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:46

Internet users have a variety of format options in which to store their movies, and biologists have now joined the party.

Rare Enigma Machine Fetches 45,000 Euros at Auction

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:04

A rare Enigma machine used by Nazi Germany during World War II was sold at auction Tuesday for 45,000 euros ($51,500). 

President of Harvey Mudd College Criticizes Silicon Valley's 'Bro Culture'

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:06

The president of Harvey Mudd University, Maria Klawe, has criticized the culture in some of Silicon Valley's tech companies.

A Computer That Reads Body Language

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a computer capable of understanding body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time.

Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have used a computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five U.S. cities.