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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy
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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy

Scientists are applying artificial intelligence to weather and climate forecasting to boost accuracy and efficiency.

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps
From ACM TechNews

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps

Disney, Viacom, and 10 advertising technology firms will remove or disable tracking software from popular children's gaming apps.

Researchers Develop Method for Putting Quantum Correlations to the Test
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Researchers Develop Method for Putting Quantum Correlations to the Test

New research involving has yielded a new method for testing the quality of quantum correlations.

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas
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A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which authorities said was operating without a driver, crashed into a tree in a Houston suburb on April 17.

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack
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A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack

An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other,

Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment
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Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment

University at Buffalo and University of Pittsburgh engineers three-dimensionally-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment, after addressing scalability and...

Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables
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Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables

The e-commerce giant's technology can carry out millions of assessments to grade the quality of fruits and vegetables at a cost far below any other method.

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings
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Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings

A machine learning model can help identify flooded buildings within 24 hours of a disaster using news media photos.

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
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AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

Novel Use of 3D Geoinformation to Identify Urban Farming Sites
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Novel Use of 3D Geoinformation to Identify Urban Farming Sites

A study looked at whether three-dimensional city models and urban digital twins could help identify high-rise buildings suitable for urban farming based on sunlight...

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars
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NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars

The Ingenuity helicopter has become the first aircraft to achieve powered flight on Mars.

Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own
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Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own

Researchers  used three-dimensional printing to create a robotic elephant trunk that uses artificial intelligence to emulate how sensory input triggers synaptic ...

Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car
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Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car

Pizza chain Domino's has launched a robot car pizza delivery service to select customers in Houston's Woodland Heights neighborhood.

FTP is 50 Years Old
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FTP is 50 Years Old

The 16th of April 1971 is not only the date when the Rolling Stone first released Brown Sugar, it is also marked with the publication of RFC 114 marking the birthday...

First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet
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First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet

Researchers in the Netherlands have established an entanglement-based network between three quantum processors for the first time.

Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company
From ACM TechNews

Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company

Amazon is expanding its Amazon Technical Academy to train people outside the company for jobs in software engineering.

For 50 Years, Tech Companies Have Tried to Increase Diversity by Fixing People Instead of the System
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For 50 Years, Tech Companies Have Tried to Increase Diversity by Fixing People Instead of the System

Programs to enhance diversity at major technology companies lacked an understanding of what comprehensive economic and social justice looked like.

ACM Prize Awarded to Pioneer in Quantum Computing
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ACM Prize Awarded to Pioneer in Quantum Computing

ACM has named Scott Aaronson the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for his pioneering contributions to quantum computing.

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
From ACM TechNews

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.
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