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Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better
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Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better

Researchers have developed an algorithm to help artificial intelligence and humans learn to cooperate.

Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators
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Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators

Researchers are developing algorithms that enable groups of robots to make good decisions despite inherent communication delays in information sharing.

New Blueprint For Converging Hpc, Big Data
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New Blueprint For Converging Hpc, Big Data

A group of high-performance computing experts has released a report as a blueprint for aligning computational infrastructures.

New Research Adds Physiology to Computer Models
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New Research Adds Physiology to Computer Models

Researchers contend that without a physiological complement, a computer program modeling the mind would just be a brain in a vat.

Computer Codes Make Sweet Music For Self-Playing Piano
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Computer Codes Make Sweet Music For Self-Playing Piano

Researchers used unique software to create an interactive self-playing piano performance.

Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech
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Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech

The federal government is taking steps to reduce the presence of some Chinese technology firms in American markets.

Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles For Runway Renaming
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Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles For Runway Renaming

For decades, pilots heading into or out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in southeast Kansas have had three runways to choose from: 1L/19R, 1R/19L, and 14...

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles
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China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National...

AI 'scientist' Finds That Toothpaste Ingredient May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria
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AI 'scientist' Finds That Toothpaste Ingredient May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria

Researchers discovered that a toothpaste ingredient could be used as a drug against strains of malaria resistant to existing drugs.

Nus Engineers Invent Tiny Vision Processing Chip For Ultra-Small Smart Vision Systems and Iot Applications
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Nus Engineers Invent Tiny Vision Processing Chip For Ultra-Small Smart Vision Systems and Iot Applications

EQSCALE is a new microchip that captures visual details from video frames using 20 times less power than existing chips.

Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?
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Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?

A Dartmouth College research study found the COMPAS computer program performed about as well as humans at predicting recidivism.

Programmable Droplets
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Programmable Droplets

New hardware applies electric fields to manipulate droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them to test thousands of reactions in...

Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions
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Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions

Researchers in Japan used the K supercomputer to show incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals into weather prediction models can improve weather predictions...

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human
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Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Can you predict a crime?

A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save Iot
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A New Way to Track Down Bugs Could Help Save Iot

On a clear day this summer, security researcher Ang Cui boarded a boat headed to a government biosafety facility off the northeastern tip of Long Island.

Brain Mri, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language
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Brain Mri, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language

A new method using two types of computing technology can predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery.

New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time
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New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time

Researchers say they have developed a new dynamic statistical model to visualize changing patterns in networks.

Kettering University Students Converting Chevy Bolt Into Autonomous Vehicle
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Kettering University Students Converting Chevy Bolt Into Autonomous Vehicle

Kettering University researchers are participating in the AutoDrive Challenge, in which teams convert a Chevrolet Bolt into a Level 4 autonomous vehicle.

Uc Riverside Research Will Help Protect Military Software From Hackers
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Uc Riverside Research Will Help Protect Military Software From Hackers

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside say they are trying to protect important but outdated computers and software still in use by securing legacy...

Why Is It Difficult For the Fbi to Break Into Smartphones?
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Why Is It Difficult For the Fbi to Break Into Smartphones?

Turing Laureate Whitfield Diffie explains why the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is unable to break the encryption on your smartphone.
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