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ANU Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks
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ANU Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks

New smart electricity technology recently passed a major test in Australia by proving it can help manage renewable energy and battery storage for households and...

Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies
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Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies

The United States undercut China's technology ambitions on Tuesday, advancing a new rule that would limit the ability of Chinese telecommunications companies to...

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI
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Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company's software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What unlikely feats could...

Thousands of Apps in Google Play Store May Be Illegally Tracking Children, Study Finds
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Thousands of Apps in Google Play Store May Be Illegally Tracking Children, Study Finds

An analysis of popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store has determined most may be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act...

U.S. Army Develops Face Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark
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U.S. Army Develops Face Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark

A new machine learning and artificial intelligence technique generates a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face taken at night.

Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?
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Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?

Researchers have verified a new material configuration to facilitate cooling of electronics using holey silicon.

Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells
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Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Using small, rotating magnetic fields, researchers controlled nanomachines inside of living cells to trace the letters "N" and "M."

Using an Algorithm to Reduce Energy Bills—Rain or Shine
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Using an Algorithm to Reduce Energy Bills—Rain or Shine

Researchers have developed a residential energy scheduling algorithm by training three action dependent heuristic dynamic programming networks.

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer
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20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except...

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found
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Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic...

UW Researchers Pioneer Way for Ordering Laundry Detergent with 3D Printing
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UW Researchers Pioneer Way for Ordering Laundry Detergent with 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional-printing method that can monitor laundry detergent use, and place an order when the supply is running low.

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms
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Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Researchers have used laser beams to manipulate a sodium atom and a caesium atom into a single, asymmetrical molecule, making it potentially useful for quantum...

Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes Into Laboratory-Grade Devices
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Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes Into Laboratory-Grade Devices

Deep learning can discern and enhance microscopic details in smartphone photos, with the potential to transform applications in global health, telemedicine, and...

Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too
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Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too

The European Union is preparing to implement sweeping privacy rules next month, but these new protections of individuals' information may set a new standard around...

Seeding a Level Playing Field for 'Dr. AI'
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Seeding a Level Playing Field for 'Dr. AI'

Algorithms must be trained on current health data to be useful.

New Technology Could Wean the Battery World Off Cobalt
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New Technology Could Wean the Battery World Off Cobalt

Scientists are working to build cathodes for batteries that do not rely on cobalt.

In Memoriam: Burton J. Smith 1941–2018
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In Memoriam: Burton J. Smith 1941–2018

Smith was well-known as a leader in high-performance computer architecture and programming languages for parallel computers.

AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone
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AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone

You've likely seen artificial intelligence technology spread into apps, devices and services, doing things like recognizing your friends' faces in photos and endowing...

Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption
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Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray on the bureau's efforts to unlock encrypted devices after a critical watchdog report. ...

Scientists Teach Computers How to Analyze Brain Cells
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Scientists Teach Computers How to Analyze Brain Cells

Researchers at the San Francisco-based Gladstone Institutes are studying whether computers can be trained to identify structures in unstained cells.
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