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Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a design system to catalog the physical characteristics of a huge number of tiny cube clusters that can function as building blocks for 3D-printable objects.

An Algorithm Trained on Emoji Knows When You're Being Sarcastic on Twitter

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a deep-learning textual sentiment algorithm which can analyze tweets to pick up sarcasm and general emotional subtext.

The Future of Search Engines

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:00

Researchers aim to improve enhance search engines by integrating artificial intelligence with annotation insights and information encoded in domain-specific resources.

Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:48

When Jason Matheny joined the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as a program manager in 2009, he made a habit of chatting to the organization's research analysts. "What do you need?" he would ask, and the answer was always the same: a way to make more accurate predictions.

National Ignition Facility Recreates the Interior of Heavy Stars

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:32

In a lot of ways, stars are our model for creating nuclear fusion here on Earth, with fusion power often promoted as "harnessing the power of the Sun."

New Clues to Universe's Structure Revealed

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:08

What is our universe made of, and has its composition changed over time?

NSF Issues Awards to Advance a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:17

The U.S. National Science Foundation has allocated 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience awards to help the research community understand the human brain.

New Tool Increases Adaptability, Autonomy of 'Skyrim' Nonplayer Characters

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:17

CIF-CK is a new artificial intelligence architecture program that uses social behavior models to make individual "Skyrim" non-player characters more reactive and adaptable.

New Horizons' Next Target Just Got a Lot More Interesting

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:58

Could the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft actually be two targets?

In Memoriam Peter Wegner: 1932-2017

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:31

Wegner made significant contributions to the theory of object-oriented programming.

Academic Supercomputer Seeks a Top 10 Ranking

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:07

A second-generation academic supercomputer aims to break into the top rankings of the world's fastest supercomputers.

Radio Navigation Set to Make Global Return as GPS Backup, Because Cyber 

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 15:21

Way back in the 1980s, when I was a young naval officer, the Global Positioning System was still in its experimental stage.

Gene Editing for 'Designer Babies'? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:22

Now that science is a big step closer to being able to fiddle with the genes of a human embryo, is it time to panic?

$2-Million Donation Supports Launch of Theoretical Machine Learning Program

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:43

The donation comes from Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, and Wendy Schmidt, president of The Schmidt Family Foundation and cofounder of the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

Pitt Researchers Control Supercomputers in Space

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are conducting high-performance computing operations in space.

Caltech, Cornell Create Creature-Cataloging Contest for Computers

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have created the iNaturalist Challenge, a competition to produce the best machine-learning algorithm for identifying the world's plant and animal species.

New AI Algorithm Monitors Sleep With Radio Waves

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00

A new sleep monitoring system uses an algorithm to analyze radio signals around subjects and translate those measurements into sleep stages.

Stanford Bioengineers Encourage Virtual Competitors to Vie for a Different Kind of Athletic Title

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have built precise models of how individual muscles and limbs move in response to neural control signals, and organized a contest to develop models of the brain's movement control systems.

Artificial Intelligence Helps to Keep Tired Drivers Awake

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Panasonic have developed an artificial intelligence platform to keep tired drivers comfortably alert at all times.

The Death of Ruby? Developers Should Learn These Languages Instead

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:00

The Ruby programming language's popularity has plummeted steeply in the past few years, owing to scalability limits, slower application runtimes, and an inability to let computer scientists gain the same types of insight into their data as they can with other languages, according to experts.

"[Ruby] might be a good language if somebody wants to start out doing programming, but true computer scientists don't look at it as introducing the true paradigms of computer programming," says Tufts University's Karen Panetta.

Many companies have discarded Ruby for languages that offer easier expansion and lower long-term costs, including the MEAN stack, or Python and Java.

Coding Dojo's Speros Misirlakis stresses the importance for developers…