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Automating Materials Design
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Automating Materials Design

Researchers say they have developed a system that can numerically specify the properties designers want in a material, then generate a microstructure that matches...

New UC Riverside Research Advances Spintronics Technology
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New UC Riverside Research Advances Spintronics Technology

Researchers have advanced spintronics via new methods to detect signals from spintronic components made of inexpensive metals and silicon.

Quantum Algorithms Struggle Against Old Foe: Clever Computers
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Quantum Algorithms Struggle Against Old Foe: Clever Computers

The quest for "quantum supremacy" – unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer – has paradoxically led to a boom...

New Nasa Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions
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New Nasa Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions

Why is the Arctic warming faster than the rest of the planet?

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy
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The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity.

China Plans to Use AI to Boost the Thinking Skills of Nuclear Submarine Commanders
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China Plans to Use AI to Boost the Thinking Skills of Nuclear Submarine Commanders

China is planning to enhance its nuclear submarines' computer systems with artificial intelligence to augment the potential thinking skills of commanding officers...

Quantum Algorithm Could Help AI Think Faster
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Quantum Algorithm Could Help AI Think Faster

Researchers at the Center for Quantum Technologies in Singapore propose a "quantum linear system algorithm" to help crunch numbers on a wide array of problems. ...

U.k. Humandrive Initiative to Test Self-Driving Cars on Country Roads
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U.k. Humandrive Initiative to Test Self-Driving Cars on Country Roads

The HumanDrive initiative in the U.K. seeks to refine driverless automobile navigation systems for conditions that include country roads and high-speed roundabouts...

NSF Grant Awarded to Fund Study of Using Augmented Reality to Interest Girls in STEM
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NSF Grant Awarded to Fund Study of Using Augmented Reality to Interest Girls in STEM

Researchers at the University of Maryland' Center for Environmental Sciences' Appalachian Laboratory have received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to use...

Neural Networks Allow US to 'Read Faces' in a New Way
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Neural Networks Allow US to 'Read Faces' in a New Way

Stanford University professor Michal Kosinski is using deep neural networks to illustrate the use of facial-recognition technology for invasive monitoring

How to Control a Machine Using Your Mind
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How to Control a Machine Using Your Mind

Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, when he was paralysed from the shoulders down following a cycling accident nearly a decade ago.

Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser
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Physicists Harness Twisted Mathematics to Make Powerful Laser

Researchers have exploited the twisty nature of topological physics to produce a high-quality beam of laser light—a step that could lead to the first practical...

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)
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If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)

What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something...

MIT Enlisting Hundreds of Scientists in Effort to Make Computers Think More Like People
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MIT Enlisting Hundreds of Scientists in Effort to Make Computers Think More Like People

MIT has launched the MIT Intelligence Quest, an agenda to coordinate the efforts of MIT's many experts to train computers to think in a more human-like manner. ...

A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis
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A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis

An experiment by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used quantum computers to calculate Betti numbers. The work "suggests that data...

Vanderbilt Wins Top Prize in First Round of DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge
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Vanderbilt Wins Top Prize in First Round of DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

Vanderbilt University's MarmotE team has won the first round of the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge, which focuses on using machine intelligence to allocate...

Breaking Down Barriers to Computer Science For Students With Disabilities
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Breaking Down Barriers to Computer Science For Students With Disabilities

Disabled students are often shortchanged in computer science education, and Sheryl Burgstahler, director of the University of Washington's DO-IT Center, is working...

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget
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China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.

Penn Engineering Research Gives Optical Switches the 'contrast' of Electronic Transistors
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Penn Engineering Research Gives Optical Switches the 'contrast' of Electronic Transistors

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say they have found a way to precisely control a combination of optical signals, producing outputs with a near-perfect...

Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel
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Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
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