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Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize
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Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

The Zillow Prize competition pitted nearly 4,000 teams against one another in an effort to develop a computerized system that could predict the future sale price...

Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats
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Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats

Drones flying over the Galapagos island of North Seymour dropped rat poison in an effort to eliminate invasive black and brown rats.

Do Data Scientists Need Certification?
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Do Data Scientists Need Certification?

The Open Group information technology consortium has announced the establishment of a data scientist certification program to address the shortage of data scientists...

Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code
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Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code

Facebook is using two automated tools to find and repair low-level bugs in its mobile apps.

Demand, Salaries for Scientists Continue to Climb
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Demand, Salaries for Scientists Continue to Climb

The Indeed job-search site says data scientist job postings from U.S. employers continue to outnumber interested applicants.

The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech
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The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech

A few days before Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that devotes more than US $1.2 billion to a national effort dedicated to quantum...

Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%
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Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%

The Ethereum Foundation, and the broader open source movement devoted to advancing the cryptocurrency bitcoin, plan to field-test an overhaul of Ethereum's code...

Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI
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Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI

What's the best type of device from which to build a neural network? Of course, it should be fast, small, consume little power, have the ability to reliably store...

IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human
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IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human

Roboticists at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are teaching Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot Atlas a more natural walking gait.

This Plant Is Driving Its Own Robot
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This Plant Is Driving Its Own Robot

Elowan is a mobile cybernetic plant with a robotic base.

The ­.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing
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The ­.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing

A task force evaluated the feasibility of developing a functional quantum computer, emphasizing "the time and resources required, and how to assess the probability...

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
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DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do...

The Challenges of Predicting Mob Behavior at Political Rallies
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The Challenges of Predicting Mob Behavior at Political Rallies

A new model can better predict social contagions that occur at political rallies than previous methods.

Quantum Computing: Atomic Clocks Make for Longer-Lasting Qubits
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Quantum Computing: Atomic Clocks Make for Longer-Lasting Qubits

A decade ago, quantum computing was still something of a parlor game.

Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs
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Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs

University of Maryland researchers have tested organ delivery via aerial drone.

Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom
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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom

Researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landa in Germany developed a robotic system that was able to successfully clean at least 80% of the liquid from on and...

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

Researchers have created robots that can adapt to their environment based on centralized sensory processing, environmental perception, and decision-making software...

How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint
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How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint

Researchers have developed a method for constructing digital fingerprints that encode secret messages into the spiral points on the prints.

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

When you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but the world starts to look more interesting if your hammer can change shape.

Tiny Drones Team ­p to Open Doors
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Tiny Drones Team ­p to Open Doors

Researchers have developed palm-sized drones that can forcefully tug objects 40 times their own mass by anchoring themselves to the ground or to walls.
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