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Show Me the Methane
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Show Me the Methane

A new system uses hyperspectral imaging and machine learning for more accurate detection of methane emissions.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
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Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms
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Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms

A new machine learning computer model accurately predicts damaging radiation storms caused by Van Allen belts two days before they hit.

Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline
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Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline

Researchers in China have developed a robot that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs, and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs. 

Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley
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Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurs are looking outside Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston, and New York City to establish technology hubs in U.S. states far from its coasts.

Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge
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Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge recently concluded its Urban Circuit, with a team of robots and operators from NASA's...

Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer
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Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer

Honeywell will introduce an early-stage quantum computer for commercial experiments within about three months.

How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus
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How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus

Scientists are using computer models to combat the COVID-19 outbreak by predicting how the global epidemic could spread.

Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems
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Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems

Researchers have developed an approach to protect Army systems from attack in ways that don't require massive amounts of manual intervention.

NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy
From ACM TechNews

NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted for two new supercomputers, which would triple the organization's computing capacity.

Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors
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Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have developed a free computer program that lets scientists measure structural and functional abnormalities...

Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles
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Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles

Researchers say a new motion prediction system enhances pedestrian detection in autonomous vehicles.

AI Comes to the Tax Code
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AI Comes to the Tax Code

Governments increasingly are using artificial intelligence and data analytics to detect tax evasion, respond to taxpayer questions, and boost efficiency.

Clearing Up the Picture
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Clearing Up the Picture

Deep learning approaches can process images and video captured in less-then-desirable conditions, providing much clearer results.

Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool
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Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a flooding prediction algorithm that could potentially aid disaster management.

The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
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The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese companies are scrambling to deploy robots and automation to take over for absent workers as the coronavirus spreads. 

U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues
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U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues

A U.K.-funded supercomputer in Kenya is being used to simulate locust swarm migrations ravaging East Africa. 

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?
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Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?

While YouTube has reduced how often its algorithm recommends conspiracy theory-related videos, its progress in dealing with conspiracy theories has been uneven....

Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why
From ACM TechNews

Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why

GDPR has been linked to quicker cyberattack discovery times in the European Union. 
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