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Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually
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Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually

Washington, D.C., is the first U.S. city to test a system that transmits real-time information about curbside parking availability and space size to delivery drivers...

Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic

Baltimore health officials are using a new computer system created by volunteer programmers to keep in touch with senior living facilities during crises like hurricanes...

Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs
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Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, on Friday performed a live demonstration of a wireless interface in three pigs, allowing the animals' neural...

How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?
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How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?

AI tools are shaping next-generation theorem provers, and with them the relationship between math and machine.

Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award
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Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award

ACM has named Paul Mockapetris to receive the 2019 ACM Software System Award for his development of the Domain Name System.

Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale
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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.

F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won
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F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials," in which an artificial intelligence program easily beat a U.S. Air...

Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides
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Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides

Amazon on Thursday opened its first Fresh grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, featuring no checkout lines, smart shopping carts, and...

Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus
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Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus

The Japanese town of Naganohara will test a consortium's autonomous amphibious bus in a trial beginning in December and running through March 2021.

A Science Is Born
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A Science Is Born

The "yeasty" times" when computer research grew at Harvard University, five decades ago.

NSA and Cyber Command chief pledges muscular defense of November election
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NSA and Cyber Command chief pledges muscular defense of November election

The preparations include sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security to help harden election systems against hacking, and with the FBI to help...

Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency
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Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have created a new artificial intelligence technique that can help operators understand...

Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks
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Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks

U.S. Army researchers have developed a novel algorithm which, they say, can protect networks by detecting suspicious activity missed by current analytical methods...

Michigan Plans Dedicated Road Lanes for Autonomous Vehicles
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Michigan Plans Dedicated Road Lanes for Autonomous Vehicles

The state of Michigan and private partners are planning to build or assign dedicated lanes for autonomous vehicles on a 40-mile section of highway between Detroit...

Amazon's Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From Three Tech Companies
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Amazon's Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From Three Tech Companies

Amazon's cloud unit announced a commercial service allowing millions of customers to tinker with early-stage quantum computing platforms from D-Wave System, IonQ...

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data
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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps.

Why Did We Go Digital?
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Why Did We Go Digital?

Princeton University's Ken Steiglitz feels an attachment to the analog.

Cosmic Rays May Soon Stymie Quantum Computing
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Cosmic Rays May Soon Stymie Quantum Computing

Background radiation that is emitted by trace elements in concrete walls and incoming cosmic rays may be enough to cause decoherence in qubits.

Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?
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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

Missing documentation and obsolete environments force participants in the Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge to get creative.

Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data
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Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data

Digital diagnosis could transform psychiatry by mining your most intimate data for clues. But is the privacy cost worth it?
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