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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.

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...

Uber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego
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Uber 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...

Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous SUV
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Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous SUV

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

'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation
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Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation

Voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software has called on Congress to pass legislation requiring paper trails for all votes to protect against hacking.

DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers
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DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy will build at least two new research centers to support quantum information science .

About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork
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About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork

Researchers have developed a technique to automatically analyze portrait artwork, factoring in fine-grained detail, accuracy, and individual artistic style.

Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI
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Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain
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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain

A new collaborative robot system can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.

Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models
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Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models

Researchers have developed physics-based dynamic rupture models that can simulate complex earthquake ruptures using supercomputers.

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries
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Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other
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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have designed autonomous boats that can automatically target and latch onto each other.

Physicists Can Predict Jumps of Schrodinger's Cat (and Finally Save It)
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Physicists Can Predict Jumps of Schrodinger's Cat (and Finally Save It)

Yale University researchers have developed a technique for saving Schrodinger's cat by predicting its jumps and taking real-time actions.

CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks
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CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks

Researchers have demonstrated how to use the commodity storage devices already in conventional computers to protect files against ransomware attacks.

SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring
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SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring

A new environmental monitoring robot measures chemical and climate-related changes in forest canopies, and is powered by photovoltaic panels to operate for months...

China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to U.S. Threats
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China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to U.S. Threats

China is stepping up efforts to design and manufacture semiconductors, but self-sufficiency is a long way off .

Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China
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Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China

Chinese startup Neolix has initiated mass production of self-driving delivery vehicles.

Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps
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Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps

A new shape-shifting drone flies, and can transform into a car once it touches down.
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