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Cutting Through the Noise
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Cutting Through the Noise

Artificial intelligence enables high-fidelity quantum computing.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains
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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk
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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.

Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars
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Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars

The cars, packed with self-driving technology, stop in a queue as if they are completely baffled by the dead end.

Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome
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Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome

A new model shows the X chromosome inactivation process, paving the way for drug treatments for gene-based disorders and diseases.

Researchers Use AR to See Radiation Defects in Nuclear Reactors
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Researchers Use AR to See Radiation Defects in Nuclear Reactors

A machine learning platform uses augmented reality to detect and quantify radiation-induced defects in parts and testing materials in nuclear reactors.

ML Helps Reveal Cells' Inner Structures in Detail
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ML Helps Reveal Cells' Inner Structures in Detail

Researchers combined electron microscopy with machine learning to identify structures within cells.

The Rise of the Robo-Voices
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The Rise of the Robo-Voices

New technology lets filmmakers create foreign-language versions of their movies using samples of the original actors' voices.

Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud
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Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud

Major cloud computing companies are competing to hire engineers, squeezing out others as the pandemic has driven up demand for an already scarce workforce.

Bipedal Robot Can Ride a Skateboard, Walk a Slackline
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Bipedal Robot Can Ride a Skateboard, Walk a Slackline

The bipedal LEgs ONboARD drOne (LEONARDO) robot combines walking with flying to perform nimble, complex movements.

Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots
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Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots

International Data Corp. predicts the insurance industry will spend approximately $602 million globally on robotic systems, including drones, this year.

Interacting With Computers Through Smell
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Interacting With Computers Through Smell

Odors could help direct attention in virtual environments, among other things.

Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms
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Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms

Microsoft’s DeepMC framework uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict local weather.

Chip Shortages Likely To Linger Through 2022
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Chip Shortages Likely To Linger Through 2022

Building capacity for new chips is a lengthy process.

Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services
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Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted General Motors' Cruise and Alphabet's Waymo autonomous vehicle deployment permits.

Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training
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Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training

Stanford University scientists found training is critical for reaping the benefits of exoskeleton use.

Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid
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Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid

Combining quantum computing with artificial intelligence could lead to the rapid diagnosis and identification of remedies for electrical grid problems.

How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways
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How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways

Researchers have computationally harnessed single-nucleotide polymorphisms to identify disease pathways.

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response
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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

The nation's decentralized, underfunded reporting system hampers efforts to combat the coronavirus.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fires spread with a complexity that scientists can pick apart little by little, thanks to lasers, sensors, and some of the most powerful computers.
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