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Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species
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Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species

Scientists at Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have developed an algorithm that can identify tree species in satellite images.

Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing
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Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing

Researchers connected two quantum bits (qubits) in two different laboratories to a distributed quantum computer via a 60-meter (196-foot) optical fiber.

Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers
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Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers

The Gooseberry cryogenic computer chip can operate at ‘millikelvin’ temperatures approaching absolute zero.

Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos
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Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos

The Exposing.AI online tool lets people search image collections for photos of themselves, to learn if such images were used to train facial recognition systems...

Using ML to Solve Engineering Challenges
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Using ML to Solve Engineering Challenges

Researchers developed and used a machine learning algorithm to extract five optimal designs from 250,000 possible designs for an electric power system for an autonomous...

The Scramble for Post-Quantum Cryptography
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The Scramble for Post-Quantum Cryptography

Quantum computers are expected to undermine today's computer security.

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

High-Performance Computers Under Siege by Newly Discovered Backdoor
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High-Performance Computers Under Siege by Newly Discovered Backdoor

Researchers at Slovak security firm Eset said a newly discovered backdoor allows hackers to remotely execute arbitrary commands on some high-performance computer...

Eyes on the Skies
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Eyes on the Skies

Fighting delivery drone privacy invasions.

Mira's Last Journey: Exploring the Dark Universe
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Mira's Last Journey: Exploring the Dark Universe

Physicists and computer scientists executed a massive cosmological simulation on the Mira supercomputer as that system's final project.

'Bleep-Bloop-Bleep! Say "Cheese," Human'
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'Bleep-Bloop-Bleep! Say "Cheese," Human'

Yale University's Marynel Vazquez and colleagues have built a robot photographer called Shutter designed to put humans at ease.

Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses
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Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses

Delivery robot manufacturer Starship Technologies recently expanded its robot-based food delivery services to two additional campuses.

Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe
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Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe

A team of scientists used the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit supercomputer to measure quark interactions in hadrons.

Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair
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Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair

University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Professor Prashant Shenoy has been named founding chair of the new ACM Special Interest Group on Energy (SIGENERGY)...

Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core
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Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core

The company says its new system is a leap ahead from previous technology.

Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data
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Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a computational tool that can reliably distinguish between cancerous and normal...

Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies
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Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies

Scientists have decrypted the biomechanical function of the labial mask of dragonfly larvae, leading to a bio-inspired robot modeled after the same operating principle...

Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now
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Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

China continues to be the biggest market for industrial robots, even though the market’s growth had been slowing prior to the pandemic, due to the U.S.-China trade...

Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play
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Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

A team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chess engine that is trained to play like, rather than beat, humans.

ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data
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ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

Nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method that uses low-quality data to predict material properties with greater accuracy than existing models....
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