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For the First Time, Engineers Measure Accuracy of 2 Qubits in Silicon--and It Works
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For the First Time, Engineers Measure Accuracy of 2 Qubits in Silicon--and It Works

Researchers have quantified the accuracy of two-quantum-bit operations in silicon, in another step toward reliable quantum computing.

When Computer Science Majors Take Improv
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When Computer Science Majors Take Improv

Northeastern University computer science majors are required to take a class in theater and improvisation, where they practice exercises to cultivate empathy, creativity...

Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring
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Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring

Sweden's forest companies are embracing technology to cut costs and boost profits, while freeing employees from mundane tasks.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
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San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes by police and other agencies in the city.

Scientists in China Develop Ultra-Long Range AI Camera
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Scientists in China Develop Ultra-Long Range AI Camera

Researchers in China have developed camera technology that can render human sized-subjects from up to 28 miles away.

Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing
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Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing

Purdue University researchers have built robot hummingbirds that learn to fly and hover like their real-world counterparts, using algorithms and computer simulation...

New Secret-spilling Flaw Affects Almost Every Intel Chip Since 2011
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New Secret-spilling Flaw Affects Almost Every Intel Chip Since 2011

Almost every computer with an Intel chips dating back to 2011 are affected by the vulnerabilities.

How Chinese Spies Got the NSA's Hacking Tools, and Used Them for Attacks
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How Chinese Spies Got the NSA's Hacking Tools, and Used Them for Attacks

Symantec researchers discovered Chinese intelligence agents had acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and used them in 2016 to attack American allies...

Dataset Bridges Human Vision and Machine Learning
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Dataset Bridges Human Vision and Machine Learning

Researchers have created a new dataset that allows cognitive neuroscientists to better leverage deep learning models that have significantly improved artificial...

Low-Cost Intervention Boosts Undergraduate Interest In Computer Science
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Low-Cost Intervention Boosts Undergraduate Interest In Computer Science

Researchers have shown that an online intervention taking less than 30 minutes significantly increases interest in computer science among both male and female undergraduate...

AI Accelerates Innovation
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AI Accelerates Innovation

Yet patent attorneys fear the darker consequences of artificial intelligence.

R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs
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R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs

Tiobe ranks the R programming language as the 21st most popular in its monthly index for May, marking the first time in three years the language sits outside the...

CMU Researcher Designs Suitcase, App to Help the Blind at Airports
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CMU Researcher Designs Suitcase, App to Help the Blind at Airports

 An international team of researchers has developed a combined suitcase/smartphone app to help the blind navigate airports with greater independence.

Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World
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Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World

Android is offering a free app to boost security for smartphone users in the developing world.

Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses
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Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses

A recent Coinbase study found that 42% of the top 50 universities worldwide now offer at least one course on cryptocurrency and blockchain.

For Better Computing, Liberate CPUs From Garbage Collection
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For Better Computing, Liberate CPUs From Garbage Collection

Researchers have created a compact accelerator that relieves a CPU of the "garbage collection" task of deleting redundant or irrelevant data from apps to make more...

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security
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Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security

With cyberattacks against Internet-connected medical devices on the rise, hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pressuring device manufacturers to bolster...

'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks
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'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks

A "RobbinHood" ransomware attack earlier this week crippled networks used by Baltimore's city government.

Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR
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Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR

Starting in July, customers in any Nike retail store in the U.S. can have their feet scanned to learn exactly what shoe size they need, in any style Nike makes....

World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to U.S. in 2021
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to U.S. in 2021

In 2021, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will become home to a $600-million exascale machine that could become the world's fastest supercomputer.
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