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Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It
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Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It

A new chess algorithm evaluates the quality of chess moves by analyzing the reactions of expert commentators.

Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing
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Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing

The Accenture professional services firm is expanding its quantum computing consulting practice, reflecting growing corporate interest in the technology.

Keeping Up With the Phone Hackers
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Keeping Up With the Phone Hackers

The growing challenges to digital phone forensics.

Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines
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Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention.

'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly
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'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly

Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a prototype robot tail to enhance human balance and help make seniors less susceptible to falls.

Computer Model May Help to More Accurately Predict Volcano Eruptions
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Computer Model May Help to More Accurately Predict Volcano Eruptions

Scientists at the GFZ German Research Center in Potsdam, Germany, have developed a computer model which they say boosts the accuracy of volcanic eruption prediction...

Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks
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Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks

A new machine vision system can analyze the poses of human subjects in fine art paintings throughout history, then identify other paintings that contain people...

How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars
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How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars

Jaywalking could neutralize self-driving automobiles' purported benefit of reducing traffic congestion, and researchers are considering potential solutions.

Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break
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Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break

Nigerian technologist Chinenye Udeh has launched a program that aims to boost gender parity in the technology industry in her home country, where women make up...

New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today
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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard.

What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics
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What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics

Artificial intelligence  has become a major source of economic value, contributing as much as $2 trillion to today's global economy. Sophisticated machine learning...

How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'
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How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'

Intensive care units are using artificial intelligence to save patients by helping staff respond faster.

Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed
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Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed

The open-source Julia language combines the speed of "compiled" languages such as Fortran and C with the interactivity and syntax of "scripting" languages such...

Smartphone Virus Scanner Is Not What You Think
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Smartphone Virus Scanner Is Not What You Think

A new smartphone virus scanner could help medical professionals track the spread of diseases.

In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch
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In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch

The benefits of genetic engineering tool CRISPR have been widely discussed. But what if something goes wrong?

Novel Process to Study How Trees Affect Building Temperatures, Air Flow in Extreme Heat
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Novel Process to Study How Trees Affect Building Temperatures, Air Flow in Extreme Heat

Iowa State University researchers  created a computational model to assess how tree shading and air flow affects building temperature in extreme heat.

CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out
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CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out

Researchers in the U.K. have found that 9.8% of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degree.

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.

Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots
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Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots

University of Houston researchers have developed a flexible wearable electronics patch that translates the wearer's movements and other instructions to a robot....

U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes
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U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a security advisory for small planes warning of a hacking exploit if someone physically accesses the aircraft...
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