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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work
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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species
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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets
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Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Word2vec, a neural network technique developed to understand human languages, also can interpret raw cell tower data.

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

­.S. ­niversities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company
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­.S. ­niversities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company

U.S. universities are reevaluating their ties to Chinese artificial intelligence firm iFlyTek, whose voice recognition and analysis products are used by Chinese...

Fighting Crime on the Dark Web
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Fighting Crime on the Dark Web

The Dark Web presents new challenges for law enforcement officials.

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall
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Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.

Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient
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Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient

New open source software simplifies environmental DNA research by allowing scientists to quickly recognize a broad spectrum of species.

The Wikipedia Gender Gap
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The Wikipedia Gender Gap

Wikipedia, one of the most successful online communities in history, struggles to attract and retain female editors.

Ford Motor Opens Research Center in Tel Aviv
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Ford Motor Opens Research Center in Tel Aviv

Ford Motor has opened a research laboratory in Tel Aviv, Israel, to leverage the city's technology ecosystem to develop autonomous vehicles.

How Computation is Changing Journalism
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How Computation is Changing Journalism

Nicholas Diakopoulos has helped to make journalism is increasingly computational. 

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

­ber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego
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­ber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego

Uber will start delivering food with drones in San Diego this summer, aiming to test out ways to connect a payload to customers in a dense urban environment where...

­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V
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­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.
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