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UCF Professor Discovers First-of-Its-Kind Material for the Quantum Age
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UCF Professor Discovers First-of-Its-Kind Material for the Quantum Age

A University of Central Florida researcher has discovered a material that could be used as a building block for quantum technology.

U of T Launches Canada's First Engineering Undergraduate Program in Machine Intelligence
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U of T Launches Canada's First Engineering Undergraduate Program in Machine Intelligence

The University of Toronto has unveiled Canada's first undergraduate engineering science program in machine intelligence.

Lip-Reading AI Could Help the Deaf—or Spies
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Lip-Reading AI Could Help the Deaf—or Spies

An artificial intelligence program from DeepMind can read lips better than professional lip readers.

BMI System Lets Users Control Robotic Arm While Their Hands Are Busy
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BMI System Lets Users Control Robotic Arm While Their Hands Are Busy

Researchers in Japan have created a brain-machine interface for manipulating a robotic arm without requiring the use of hands.

'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace
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'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace

The technology is still in its infancy, but it will get better, learning as it goes.

Yuval Noah Harari: 'The Idea of Free Information is Extremely Dangerous'
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Yuval Noah Harari: 'The Idea of Free Information is Extremely Dangerous'

As his new book is published, the bestselling author talks fake news, meditation and appearing with Natalie Portman.

       Decentralizing the Web: Maintaining the Momentum
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Decentralizing the Web: Maintaining the Momentum

The Internet Archive's Wendy Hanamura on progress towards a decentralized web.

China's Prototype of Exascale Supercomputer Passes Tests
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China's Prototype of Exascale Supercomputer Passes Tests

The research and development of the prototype of China's new-generation exascale supercomputer Tianhe-3 is complete, the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin...

New Technology Gives Clinicians Inside View of Patients' Joints in Motion
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New Technology Gives Clinicians Inside View of Patients' Joints in Motion

Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have created technology that is helping physicians see how patients' joints function when in motion.

New Class of Materials Could Make Batteries Charge Faster
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New Class of Materials Could Make Batteries Charge Faster

Researchers have identified a group of materials that could be used to make higher-powered batteries.

AI, Quantum, Space Commercialization Among White House R&D Priorities
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AI, Quantum, Space Commercialization Among White House R&D Priorities

Artificial intelligence and quantum computing are among the research and development priorities for the White House for fiscal year 2020.

How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things
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How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things

Cyber criminals shut down parts of the Web in October 2016 by attacking the computers that serve as the internet's switchboard.

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
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Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country's censorship and online hacking.

Skoltech Scientists Use Computer Vision and Machine Learning to Predict Plant Growth
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Skoltech Scientists Use Computer Vision and Machine Learning to Predict Plant Growth

Researchers have developed a method for predicting the growth of biomass of a plant, which they say will improve the efficiency of precision farming.

AI-Equipped Robots Develop Situational Awareness in Earth's Most Uncertain Environment
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AI-Equipped Robots Develop Situational Awareness in Earth's Most Uncertain Environment

Researchers have created algorithms to teach robots to adapt to changing conditions related to protecting and preserving underwater infrastructure.

Open Source Software Creates Powerful, Accurate Simulations for Movement Research
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Open Source Software Creates Powerful, Accurate Simulations for Movement Research

Researchers have expanded and enhanced an open source movement simulator that addresses problems in medicine, paleontology, and animal locomotion.

Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making
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Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making

An analysis found doctors' "gut feelings" about an intensive-care patient's condition played a significant role in determining how many tests were ordered for the...

Universities FLIP For Diversity
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Universities FLIP For Diversity

Cornell University's computer science department is leveraging ideas from other departments in pursuit of more diverse academic candidates.

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

Brent Hecht, chair of ACM's Future of Computing Academy, proposes revising the peer review process to ensure scientists report negative societal consequences of...

Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown
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Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown

Corporate America's love affair with all things blockchain may be cooling.
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