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IBM Inches Ahead of Google in Race for Quantum Computing Power
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IBM Inches Ahead of Google in Race for Quantum Computing Power

All kinds of things are hooked up to the Internet these days, but Jerry Chow's computer stands out. Chilled by liquid helium, his superconducting processor uses...

Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash
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Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash

On a recent Monday in April, more than 100 executives from some of the world's largest financial institutions gathered for a private meeting at the Times Square...

Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths
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Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

We humans might not be the only ones to ponder our place in the universe.

UWM Researchers Create a Better Way to Find Out 'When'
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UWM Researchers Create a Better Way to Find Out 'When'

An international team of scientists has devised a mathematical tool that can reduce timing uncertainties during changing events.

Machines Can Learn to Respond to New Situations Like Human Beings Would
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Machines Can Learn to Respond to New Situations Like Human Beings Would

KU Leuven researchers have shown machines can learn to respond to unfamiliar objects like a human would.

Scientists Teaching Machines to Make Clinical Trials More Successful
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Scientists Teaching Machines to Make Clinical Trials More Successful

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center are using machine-learning technology to find better ways to recruit patients for clinical trials. 

The Government Wants Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone. Should that Be Allowed?
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The Government Wants Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone. Should that Be Allowed?

As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different...

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100
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Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

Twelve years ago, Robert McEliece, a mathematician and engineer at Caltech, won the Claude E. Shannon Award, the highest honor in the field of information theory...

The Struggle with Image Glut
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The Struggle with Image Glut

As the fruit-fly larva wriggles forwards in the video, a crackle of neural activity shoots up its half-millimetre-long body.

Thinking Outside the Sample
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Thinking Outside the Sample

Researchers have developed a framework they say could help computers learn how to process and identify images faster and more accurately. 

Inspired by Nature
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Inspired by Nature

University of Washington researchers are collaborating with Microsoft to encode, store, and retrieve digital text and images using DNA molecules.

Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau
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Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months...

AI, MD: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Way Illness Is Diagnosed and Treated
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AI, MD: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Way Illness Is Diagnosed and Treated

Frost & Sullivan's Venkat Rajan observes the concept of artificial intelligence in healthcare has entered reached "early-stage commercialization, adoption, and...

Maiden Voyage of Stanford's Humanoid Robotic Diver Recovers Treasures From King Louis XIV's Wrecked Flagship
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Maiden Voyage of Stanford's Humanoid Robotic Diver Recovers Treasures From King Louis XIV's Wrecked Flagship

Stanford University researchers are calling the maiden voyage of the OceanOne humanoid diving robot a significant astonishing success. 

ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge Results Are In
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ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge Results Are In

The top prize in the Asia Supercomputer Community's 2016 Student Supercomputer Challenge went to the Huazhong University of Science and Technology team. 

Q&A: Python Creator Guido van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming
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Q&A: Python Creator Guido van Rossum on How He Got His Start in Programming

Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the world’s most popular programming languages.

Vint Cerf: Buggy Software Is Scarier Than A Robot Takeover
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Vint Cerf: Buggy Software Is Scarier Than A Robot Takeover

Google’s chief Internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, said he has no fear of a robotic overthrow, because artificial intelligence is not that sophisticated.

Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft
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Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft

Japan's flagship astronomical satellite Hitomi, which launched successfully on 17 February but tumbled out of control five weeks later, may have been doomed by...

As US Drops 'Cyber Bombs,' ISIS Retools Its Own Cyber Army
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As US Drops 'Cyber Bombs,' ISIS Retools Its Own Cyber Army

The Islamic State has been deft in its use of the Internet as a communications tool.
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