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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...

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

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.

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.

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...

Tiny Drones Team Up to Open Doors
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Tiny Drones Team Up 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.

Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages
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Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages

Would-be travelers of the galaxy, rejoice: The Chinese tech giant Baidu has invented a translation system that brings us one step closer to a software Babel fish...

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge
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AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

Researchers have outfitted a micro-electromechanical system with artificial intelligence, enabling neuromorphic computing in a microscale device and bringing edge...

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots
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How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters...

HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around
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HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around

Researchers used a convolutional neural network to reduce the amount of time the HyQ quadruped robot needs to plan its foot placement by several orders of magnitude...

60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys
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60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys

This year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) turned 60. To celebrate, DARPA held a conference in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights...

Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps
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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps

A new system allows a drone to fly through very small and completely unknown gaps using a single camera and onboard processing.
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