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ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data
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ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

Nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method that uses low-quality data to predict material properties with greater accuracy than existing models....

MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab
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MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services to develop a Quantum Computing Applications Lab.

'Are You Real?'
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'Are You Real?'

An ecosystem is emerging for ‘digital human’ development.

How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)
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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

Computer scientists are using generative adversarial networks to train robots about objects.

Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization
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Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source leaders are trying to find more support for their open-source approach by creating the Organization for Ethical Source.

DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records
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DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records

Researchers have uncovered seven vulnerabilities that affect Dnsmasq, a domain name system forwarding client for *NIX-based operating systems.

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'
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Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Finnish and Danish researchers have developed an algorithm that boosts diversity of exposure on social networks, while still ensuring widely shared content.

Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?
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Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?

Scientists have developed a validation protocol for simulations of the atomic structure of an interface between a solid metallic oxide and liquid water.

How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete
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How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete

Special three-dimensional printing patterns designed by researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  were inspired by lobster shells.

On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over
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On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over

Robot technology in many ways hassurpassed the vision presented in Karel Capek's play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), which introduced the word "robot"...

Moore's Law: What Comes Next?
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Moore's Law: What Comes Next?

Moore's Law challenges point to changes in software.

The State of Virtual Reality Hardware
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The State of Virtual Reality Hardware

Advances in VR hardware could finally take the technology mainstream.

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

How England Implemented its Computer Science Education Program
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How England Implemented its Computer Science Education Program

Computer science concepts have been part of the official English curriculum for over a decade, but reforms have encouraged wider participation in the last six years...

Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News
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Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News

The agreement comes after several months of talks between Google France and France's Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale.

Fake Collaboration Apps Steal Data as Staff Struggle with Home-Working Security
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Fake Collaboration Apps Steal Data as Staff Struggle with Home-Working Security

According to cybersecurity company Wandera's Cloud Security Report 2021, malware attacks increasingly targeted remote workers last year.

Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms
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Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms

Researchers at Facebook claim to have developed software that can forecast the probability of a Covid-19 patient's symptoms escalating, based on their chest x-rays...

Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites
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Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites

A robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton mimics the efficient swimming movements of the moon jellyfish...

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings
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Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings

A new optical flow-based learning process lets robots calculate distances through the visual appearance of objects in view.

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times
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Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times

Researchers at Texas A&M University and the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh have developed a system that uses machine learning to optimize the timing of traffic...
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