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Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo releases massive machine learning dataset for researchers

Yahoo has introduced its new “Yahoo News Recommendation” dataset, something it says is the biggest ever machine learning dataset released publicly. Says Yahoo, this dataset has been released for the academic research community, giving researchers who are normally unable to access such large-scale datasets the opportunity to conduct research using the mass of information.

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This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

This is Obama’s $4bn, 10yr plan for America’s driverless cars

The US government aims to spend almost $4bn on autonomous driving in the next decade, pushing real-world trials that put computerized cars on roads. The investment was announced by US Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx at a speech at the North American International Auto Show today, and came after US President Obama discussed wide-ranging support for self-driving vehicles in his State of the Union speech earlier this week.

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Turns out, testing autonomous cars is a headache

Turns out, testing autonomous cars is a headache

What does it take to be the test-driver for a self-driving car? Turns out, a lot more than you might expect. Though it may seem like a contradiction in terms, helping tutor autonomous vehicles for their eventual mass-market deployment isn't just a case of sitting back and letting the computer watch the road.

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Green pea galaxy may explain a mystery of the universe

Green pea galaxy may explain a mystery of the universe

There are many mysteries about the universe around us and what exactly causes some of the phenomena that scientists have been studying for decades. One of those mysteries is why exactly the universe was very hot and dense early in its formation, then cooled and spread out, only to become heated and filled with ionized hydrogen again a billion years later.

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Researchers discover remains of ancient bus-sized crocodile

Researchers discover remains of ancient bus-sized crocodile

Researchers have discovered the remains of an ancient crocodile that lived in the sea and was about the size of a modern bus. This particular prehistoric crocodile was previously unknown to scientists; it has been dubbed Machimosaurus rex and was discovered in Tunisia. Said University of Bologna’s Federico Fanti, the paper’s lead author, “It’s just big. It’s almost the size of a bus.”

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Tweet claims gravitational waves may have been discovered

Tweet claims gravitational waves may have been discovered

Scientists and researchers around the world have been looking for evidence of the existence of gravitational waves for a long time. Gravitational waves are a key part of Einstein's theory of general relativity. If the existence of these gravitational waves were proven, it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time.

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Scientists fit Praying Mantises with 3D glasses for vision testing

Scientists fit Praying Mantises with 3D glasses for vision testing

Scientists have fitted one of the coolest bugs in the world with some very slick shades. The images you see here are Praying Mantises that were fitted with 3D glasses in an effort to test if the insects have 3D vision. The goal of the testing was to determine exactly how the insects see the world. The little glasses fitted to the mantis are made of beeswax and are designed to allow only certain types of light through.

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Medieval prosthetic foot found in Austrian grave

Medieval prosthetic foot found in Austrian grave

In a grave in Hemmaberg, Austria, researchers discovered a full skeleton alongside a sword. That alone would have been interesting but not terribly exciting. However, upon a closer look, the researchers realized the skeleton had the scant remains of a wooden prosthetic foot and a ring made of iron that was used to keep it stable. The prosthetic is about 1500 years old, and is a rarity for managing to survive so long.

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Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover first look: XPRIZE-bound

Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover first look: XPRIZE-bound

Easily the tiniest of the vehicles we've seen so far at the Detroit Auto show is here in the Audi Lunar Quattro. This vehicle is meant to head to the moon as part of Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition, aiming to launch a vehicle that'll be placed on the moon and explore a space of at least 500 meters. Equipped with an HD camera array, this tiny vehicle will send high-definition video and high-definition photos aplenty from our moon back to the planet Earth.

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Ford turns to wearables for sleepy, stressed driver data

Ford turns to wearables for sleepy, stressed driver data

Your next Ford could track your heart rate and leave a bigger cruise control comfort zone when you're stressed, just one of the projects the company is working on in its new Automotive Wearables Experience lab. The group, part of Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan, is looking at how wearable tech like smartwatches and fitness trackers can be hooked into increasingly complex vehicle systems.

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