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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November
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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.

Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners
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Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Stanford University researchers have developed a camera system that can reassemble scenes and detect moving objects hidden around corners, by analyzing the reflections...

The Drive to Quantum Computing
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The Drive to Quantum Computing

The U.S. National Quantum Initiative will support the push towards a quantum computing infrastructure, ecosystem, and workforce.

Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question
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Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question

Researchers have solved a longstanding question in turbulence using supercomputers running simulations on graphics processors originally developed for gaming.

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip
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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her...

Unintended Consequences
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Unintended Consequences

Banning Huawei won't stop hardware trojan attacks.

Famous Scottish Reformation Church Virtually Reconstructed After 500 years
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Famous Scottish Reformation Church Virtually Reconstructed After 500 years

Researchers combined computer technology with historical research to create a virtual reconstruction of how Scotland's St. Andrews Cathedral looked just before...

With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain
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With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

Microsoft has made a $1-billion investment in OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab created by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning
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The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.

What Makes a Robot Likable?
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What Makes a Robot Likable?

Interactions with robotics teach us more about people.

Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging
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Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging

Microsoft and Case Western Reserve University researchers have enhanced the speed and quality of medical imaging with an algorithm designed to work on a future...

Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World's Smallest Ant
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Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World's Smallest Ant

Researchers have developed tiny three-dimensionally (3D)-printed robots that move by harnessing vibrations.

Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems
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Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems

The majority of the approximately 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines...

Researchers Build Transistor-Like Gate for Quantum Information Processing - with Qudits
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Researchers Build Transistor-Like Gate for Quantum Information Processing - with Qudits

Purdue ­niversity researchers used qudits to develop what could be a quantum version of a transistor, known as a gate.

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
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Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students
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Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students

Experts are concerned that digital data stored on vendor servers could later harm students who make mistakes on social media, or with widely used classroom apps...

Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria
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Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria

A review of 33 projects involving large companies and interviews with more than a dozen executives show that blockchain technology has yet to deliver on its promise...

AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience
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AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience

Researchers are using deep internal learning, in which a machine learning algorithm ascertains the internal structure of a single image from scratch, to edit photos...

Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.
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Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.

The Atlantic League was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire, at its recent All-Star Game.

NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon
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NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon

A radiation-hardened computer designed by Montana State University researchers was chosen by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to be tested...
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