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Chip Developed by Brazilian Researchers Will Be Linchpin of LHC Upgrade
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Chip Developed by Brazilian Researchers Will Be Linchpin of LHC Upgrade

Researchers in Brazil have designed a chip to upgrade the detection system in the Large Hadron Collider's A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE).

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body
From ACM TechNews

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an intuitive, wearable drone control system.

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture
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Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

Researchers have programmed a robot to assemble an Ikea chair.

How to Blow Up a Star
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How to Blow Up a Star

After spending three months trying to blow up a star, Hans-Thomas Janka and his team finally saw what they had been waiting for.

Moscow State University Team Wins World Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
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Moscow State University Team Wins World Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

University teams from Beijing and Tokyo also were recognized with gold medals.

Machine Learning's 'Amazing' Ability to Predict Chaos
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Machine Learning's 'Amazing' Ability to Predict Chaos

Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the "butterfly effect" makes long-term prediction impossible.

Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe
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Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe

Researchers used quantum mechanics to develop a new method for generating random numbers to help shield sensitive information from eavesdropping.

Google Offers New Way to Discover Books, Fun Way to Play With Words
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Google Offers New Way to Discover Books, Fun Way to Play With Words

Google recently launched a website to demonstrate the company's progress in semantic search.

Invertebrates Inspire First Fully 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots
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Invertebrates Inspire First Fully 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

Researchers say they have developed the first fully three-dimensionally-printed dielectric elastomer actuators to perform high bending motion.

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

ANU Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks
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ANU Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks

New smart electricity technology recently passed a major test in Australia by proving it can help manage renewable energy and battery storage for households and...

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos
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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

In new computer experiments, artificial-intelligence algorithms can tell the future of chaotic systems.

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI
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Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company's software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What unlikely feats could...

U.S. Army Develops Face Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Army Develops Face Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark

A new machine learning and artificial intelligence technique generates a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face taken at night.

Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?
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Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?

Researchers have verified a new material configuration to facilitate cooling of electronics using holey silicon.

Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells
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Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Using small, rotating magnetic fields, researchers controlled nanomachines inside of living cells to trace the letters "N" and "M."

Using an Algorithm to Reduce Energy Bills—Rain or Shine
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Using an Algorithm to Reduce Energy Bills—Rain or Shine

Researchers have developed a residential energy scheduling algorithm by training three action dependent heuristic dynamic programming networks.

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer
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20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except...

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found
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Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic...

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms
From ACM TechNews

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Researchers have used laser beams to manipulate a sodium atom and a caesium atom into a single, asymmetrical molecule, making it potentially useful for quantum...
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