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Quantum Computing: IBM Just Created This New Way to Measure the Speed of Quantum Processors
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Quantum Computing: IBM Just Created This New Way to Measure the Speed of Quantum Processors

Big Blue has released a new metric, CLOPS, which puts a number on the speed of a quantum computer.

America's Crypto Conundrum
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America's Crypto Conundrum

Protecting security without crushing innovation.

ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes
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ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes

Researchers at South Africa's University of Johannesburg have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can be enhanced significantly for medical purposes. ...

State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges
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State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

The U.S. State Department will establish a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy as part of a reorganization intended to address international cybersecurity...

Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip
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Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip

Toshiba researchers have developed a secure quantum communication system.

Human Creativity in the Age of Smart Machines
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Human Creativity in the Age of Smart Machines

The story of how one organization helped the chronically homeless demonstrates the inherent value of observation, empathy, and perseverance.

'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator
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'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator

The PodoSighter tool identifies early indicators of kidney disease by detecting podocytes, a specialized kidney cell damaged during early-stage kidney disease. ...

Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool
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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft helped recover encrypted files of victims of the BlackMatter ransomware operation.

Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation
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Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers have created tools and procedures for generating realistic, data-driven animations of marine mammals.

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers
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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items...

Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils
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Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors created by Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. ballistic missiles could augment their detonation timing and accuracy.

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons
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Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons

Chinese scientists have developed a quantum computer prototype with 113 detected photons to solve tasks using the classical Gaussian boson sampling (GBS) modeling...

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps
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How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus and Google have been mapping the fruit fly brain connectome since 2014.

Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin
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Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin

A multi-institutional team of scientists devised a computer model for the study of worm blob dynamics.

Robot Taxi Boats Take to the Water in Amsterdam
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Robot Taxi Boats Take to the Water in Amsterdam

An autonomous boat taxi is set for deployment in the canals of Amsterdam.

McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI
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McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI

"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't give you fries with that."

Researchers Help Expand Mineral Exploration Using Machine Learning
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Researchers Help Expand Mineral Exploration Using Machine Learning

Researchers at Australia's Curtin University and the Geological Survey of Western Australia are using deep learning to analyze geochemical data to expand mineral...

Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent
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Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent

Researchers said the ransomware group Fin7 has established a counterfeit company to recruit potential technology talent.

Multi-Algorithm Approach Helps Deliver Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients
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Multi-Algorithm Approach Helps Deliver Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients

Researchers used ensemble-based machine learning algorithms to forecast patients' response to cancer-fighting drugs with high accuracy.
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