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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus
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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data...

China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities
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China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities

An alliance of Chinese government groups, banks, and technology firms plans to launch one of the first blockchain networks constructed and maintained by a central...

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves
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Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves

Researchers have demonstrated how to teach a PR2 robot to perform simple repairs on itself by tightening its own screws. 

Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel
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Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel

Researchers have developed a hand-tracking system to determine how long it would take a driver to assume control of a self-driving car in an emergency.

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station
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Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobee robot is now up and running on the International Space Station (ISS).

U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip
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U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories will be among the first organizations to deploy artificial intelligence computers...

AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience
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AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience

Researchers are using deep internal learning, in which a machine learning algorithm ascertains the internal structure of a single image from scratch, to edit photos...

For Better Computing, Liberate CP­s From Garbage Collection
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For Better Computing, Liberate CP­s From Garbage Collection

Researchers have created a compact accelerator that relieves a CPU of the "garbage collection" task of deleting redundant or irrelevant data from apps to make more...

Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane
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Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane

Security researchers from Tencent have demonstrated a way to use physical attacks to spoof Tesla's autopilot.

Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades
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Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades

Researchers have developed robots that can demilitarize up to 21 warheads in an eight-hour shift, which equates to 13,524 bomblets being recycled per day.

Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack
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Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack

A new encryption system performs schemes that classical computers can use, but quantum computers cannot crack.

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.

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...

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...

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.
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