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On University of Texas at Dallas' Growing Campus, Meal-Delivering Robots Make Splashy Debut
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On University of Texas at Dallas' Growing Campus, Meal-Delivering Robots Make Splashy Debut

A fleet of cooler-shaped autonomous robots has started delivering snacks and meals at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices
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Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices

MIT and IBM researchers have developed a new text-analysis method for rapidly narrowing down reading material from billions of online options. 

A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900
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A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900

A computer made from strands of DNA in a test tube can calculate the square root of numbers up to 900.

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon
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Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon

Scientists at the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have developed chip-scale devices that are able to harness the applications of quantum...

Israeli Government To Allocate $350 Million For Quantum Computing
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Israeli Government To Allocate $350 Million For Quantum Computing

Israel is entering the international quantum arms race, allocating approximately $350 million in an initiative to be a key quantum player over the next decade. ...

India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors
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India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors

India's government has approved the building and installation of 11 new supercomputers at research institutes across the country based on indigenously developed...

Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android
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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

Facebook is building an operating system from scratch so that its hardware is not at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system.

How the Internet Spans the Globe
From Communications of the ACM

How the Internet Spans the Globe

The modern Internet is made possible by hundreds of thousands of miles of undersea cables.

City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study
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City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study

The Columbus, OH, City Council approved a program that will ask 1,300 residents to equip their vehicles with "connected" technology that allows them to communicate...

Demonstration of High-Speed SOT-MRAM Memory Cell Compatible with 300-mm Si CMOS Technology
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Demonstration of High-Speed SOT-MRAM Memory Cell Compatible with 300-mm Si CMOS Technology

A new high-speed spin-orbit-torque magnetoresistive random-access memory cell interoperates with silicon complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology.

Intel Creates Chip to Control Quantum Computers
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Intel Creates Chip to Control Quantum Computers

Intel has announced a chip designed to control quantum computers by assuming the workload of the many wires that typically connect such systems to controllers. ...

Autonomy and Automation on the Water
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Autonomy and Automation on the Water

Self-driving and remote-controlled vessels are taking over some duties from human crews.

Wetlands, Crops Can Mitigate Storm Damage to Coastal Cities
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Wetlands, Crops Can Mitigate Storm Damage to Coastal Cities

A new computer model shows that coastal cities can avoid some wind destruction from major weather events if they have functional wetland ecosystems and agricultural...

Donald Knuth Reflects on 50 years of ‘The Art of Computer Programming‘
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Donald Knuth Reflects on 50 years of ‘The Art of Computer Programming‘

Knuth is known for introducing the notion of "literate programming," emphasizing the importance of writing code that is readable by humans as well as computers....

Advanced Technology May Indicate How Brain Learns Faces
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Advanced Technology May Indicate How Brain Learns Faces

Researchers have demonstrated that deep convolutional neural networks operate similarly to the way human brains do, in terms of identifying faces.

Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation
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Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation

Researchers in Australia are using drones to help conservation efforts for hippos.

2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age
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2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age

ACM has recognized 58 members by naming them 2019 ACM Fellows for their contributions to areas that underpin the defining technologies of the digital age. 

Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions
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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions

The AI Now Institute at New York University is urging a ban on the use of artificial intelligence that automatically analyzes facial expressions to influence hiring...
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