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New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing
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New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing

A new manufacturing technique can keep electronics cooler by as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing faster, more efficient computation.

Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR
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Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR

Dartmouth College researchers have developed battery-free eye-tracking glasses that could enhance augmented reality technologies.

Upgraded U.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List
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Upgraded U.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List

U.S. supercomputers are now ranked in first and second place on the latest Top500 list, due to upgrades.

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease
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'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease for the first time.

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space
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NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest...

New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy
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New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy

University of California, Riverside scientists have determined how hackers can exploit graphics processing units to expose private data.

Pitt Researcher Uses Video Games to Unlock New Levels of AI
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Pitt Researcher Uses Video Games to Unlock New Levels of AI

The University of Pittsburgh's Daniel Jiang has developed algorithms that learn decision strategies in complex and uncertain environments, and tests them on video...

Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis
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Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis

An international research team analyzed 425 studies conducted since 2000 and concluded computers that support student collaboration beneficially affect learning...

Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review
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Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review

Although the global scientific community is becoming more diverse, developing ways to make certain peer reviewers are true "peers" is lagging behind.

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials

Startup Kebotix has created software that learns material chemistry from models of molecules with known properties in order to design novel compounds.

Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations
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Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations

E-commerce giant is expected to make announcement on HQ2 cities as soon as Tuesday.

Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation
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Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation

Social media companies are struggling to contain new forms of political misinformation on their platforms that bubbled up during this year's midterm elections. ...

STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education
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STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education

U.K. companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math sectors will work together to create and lead a U.K. National Center for Computing Education.

Imaging the Earth's Interior With the Summit Supercomputer
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Imaging the Earth's Interior With the Summit Supercomputer

Princeton University researchers used years' worth of global earthquake data to generate a three-dimensional simulation of the Earth's interior.

China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter
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China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter

China's Xinhua state news agency has debuted a virtual newsreader that the agency said "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor."

Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption
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Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption

Researchers have found vulnerabilities in some solid-state drives that allow hackers to circumvent encryption and access local data without knowing the password...

Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help
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Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help

San Jose State University's Craig Clements says artificial intelligence is being explored to more rapidly localize fires and predict their propagation and behaviors...

Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List
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Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List

The US now can claim the top two machines on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, as Sierra, an IBM machine for nuclear weapons research at Lawrence Livermore...

Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems
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Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems

I'm a simple person. To me, a computer consists of three parts: data that goes in and out, operations that modify the data, and storage that holds the data.

To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'
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To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'

In 2016, the chip industry's clock ran out.
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