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Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes
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Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes

Researchers have developed a highly efficient photogrammetric method that can turn aerial imagery into accurate three-dimensional (3D) surface maps in near-real...

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It
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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse...

Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights
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Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.

Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell
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Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell

A study by Cornell University researchers raises doubts about algorithms' ability to make fair decisions when screening potential hires.

White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative
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White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative.

Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired
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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Researchers discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?
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Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

A new paper concludes that it takes more than four times as much energy to mine $1 of bitcoin as mining $1 of copper.

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them
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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source...

Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare
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Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare

Quantum radar could have implications for how we diagnose disease and fight wars.

Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences
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Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Exploring the unintended consequences of human-algorithmic partnerships, researchers analyzed algorithms intended to reduce Virginia prison populations by assigning...

The Longest Yard in Football
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The Longest Yard in Football

The National Football League is starting to use tracking technology that can distinguish exact distances and measure the value of a single inch, which could dramatically...

Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It
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Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It

Google researchers have designed a prismatic light-emitting-diode (LED) "egg." 

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux
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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148...

Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work
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Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work

Scientists have developed a test to verify that a quantum computer is providing correct answers to questions outside the scope of traditional computing.

Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers
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Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers

Researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation in China have developed a prototype autonomous hexacopter drone that can inspect glass skyscrapers more quickly...

How VR Is Augmenting Realty
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How VR Is Augmenting Realty

Over the past 30 years, virtual reality has evolved from a science fiction curiosity to an essential tool for the real estate industry. 

Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation
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Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation

Researchers have achieved exaflop performance on the Summit supercomputer. 

Better Listening with Lossless Audio
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Better Listening with Lossless Audio

The challenges and opportunities of Hi-Res streaming music services.

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology
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Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology

Hyundai researchers developed next-generation active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.
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