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Heavy Rain Affects Object Detection by Autonomous Vehicle LiDAR Sensors
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Heavy Rain Affects Object Detection by Autonomous Vehicle LiDAR Sensors

Researchers have found that the LiDAR sensors in autonomous vehicles are less effective in detecting objects at a distance during periods of heavy rain.

Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes
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Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes

A flexible, free-standing terahertz (THz) camera patch can film irregularly shaped objects more easily than traditional bulky and rigid THz cameras.

A Quantum Computer Just Solved a Decades-Old Problem Three Million Times Faster Than a Classical Computer
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A Quantum Computer Just Solved a Decades-Old Problem Three Million Times Faster Than a Classical Computer

Researchers simulated some materials as much as 3 million times faster than a classical computer could through the process of quantum annealing.

Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones
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Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones

The Search-And-Rescue DrOne platform integrates aerial drones, artificial intelligence, and smartphones to find survivors of disasters using signals from their...

Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM
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Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM

New IBM research revealed that developers with skills in creating open-source cloud technologies are more likely than other job candidates to receive a call-back...

To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars
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To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars

The Perseverance rover will explore Mars with the self-flying Ingenuity helicopter drone, using Linux and NASA-built software.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
From Communications of the ACM

The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction
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Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northwestern University have devised a novel type of quantum error correction where errors are spontaneously...

Quantum Computing Enables Simulations to Unravel Mysteries of Magnetic Materials
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Quantum Computing Enables Simulations to Unravel Mysteries of Magnetic Materials

Materials science simulations conducted by a multi-institutional research team on a quantum computer generated accurate results that can be confirmed with neutron...

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
From ACM News

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities
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Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities

A space mission currently underway aims to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats by showing how they could track and communicate with each other.

ENIAC Turns 75
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ENIAC Turns 75

The first programmable electronic general-purpose digital computer was introduced to the world on Valentine’s Day in 1946.

Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems
From ACM TechNews

Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems

Experts said hackers' attempted lye-poisoning of a drinking water reservoir in Oldsmar, FL, last Friday highlights the vulnerability of the U.S. water supply.

Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is
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Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is

A prototype soft robot developed by researchers at Cornell University is imbued with sensory perception.

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
From ACM TechNews

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...
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