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Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:00

Chinese researchers have developed a flexible, remote-controlled robotic ray that can swim through water nearly twice as fast as previous robo-swimmers without being tethered.

Learning to Think Like a Computer

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:00

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:22

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes.

Machine Learning Predicts the Look of Stem Cells

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:14

No two stem cells are identical, even if they are genetic clones.

Tiny Black Holes Enable a New Type of Photodetector for High-Speed Data

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:26

Researchers have developed tiny "black holes" on a silicon wafer that serve as a new type of photodetector.

Google's Video AI Was Tricked Into Thinking a Video About Apes Was About Spaghetti

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:26

Researchers have successfully tricked Google's Cloud Video Intelligence application programming interface into identifying a video about gorillas as one dealing with an unrelated topic.

Inkjet-Printed Flexible Memory Devices

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:26

Researchers have developed flexible, inkjet-printable memory cells they say could lead to mass-produced printable electronics. T

Stanford Researchers Create Deep Learning Algorithm That Could Boost Drug Development

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:26

A new type of deep learning, known as one-shot learning, could be used to help drug development because it only requires a small number of data points.

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:09

New approaches to apprenticeship aim to provide talented, if not traditionally trained, computing professionals.

The DIY Electronics Transforming Research

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 17:37

A research subject watches a brush slowly stroking a rubber hand on a table in front of her, while her own hand—hidden from view—experiences the same stimulation.

NASA's Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 17:27

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 14:44

Google operates what is surely the largest computer network on Earth, a system that comprises custom-built, warehouse-sized data centers spanning 15 locations in four continents.

Visualizing Scientific Big Data in Informative and Interactive Ways

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00

Wei Xu at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is leading the development of visualization tools for analyzing large and varied datasets.

Innovative Software Converts Wi-Fi Data Into Energy Savings

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00

New software uses Wi-Fi to determine the number of building occupants and adjusts ventilation accordingly, which can save energy without sacrificing air quality.

Understanding the Limits of Deep Learning

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00

The capabilities of deep-learning neural networks are impressive, but these are tempered by significant constraints.

Warped Reality: Virtual Trip to Hyperbolic Space

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have created a virtual reality program for exploring hyperbolic geometries.

Photonics Breakthrough Paving the Way for Improved Wireless Communication Systems

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have made a breakthrough in achieving radio-frequency signal control at sub-nanosecond time scales on a chip-scale optical device.

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are working to help computers understand human behavior by feeding them videos and images of computer-generated bodies in motion

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:41

Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it.

Learning to Think Like a Computer

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:13

In "The Beauty and Joy of Computing," the course he helped conceive for nonmajors at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Garcia explains an all-important concept in computer science—abstraction—in terms of milkshakes.