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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open
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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open

With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting the need for safety, the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament will replace human line judges on 15 of 17 match courts...

China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System
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China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System

China has completed its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), with the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation launched June 23. BDS-3...

IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing
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IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing

IBM has launched a research partnership with Japanese industry and academia to expedite quantum computing innovations.

NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars
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NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance.

Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers
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Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers hope their giant atoms lead to a simpler, enhanced form of quantum computers.

U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home
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U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home

Computer makers were caught off guard by the huge surge in demand for laptops, with many retailers and distributors struggling to keep up during the early period...

Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts
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Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts

A new smart technology can help utilities better serve communities struck by outages.

Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities
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Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

Ford will use two of Boston Dynamics' Spot robots to help the automaker update the original engineering plans of a transmission manufacturing plant, as a pilot...

NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'
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NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated the third round of reviewing algorithms submitted to form the core of the first post-quantum cryptography...

The Impact of AI on Organizations
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The Impact of AI on Organizations

Implementing artificial intelligence through the looking glass of digital anthropology.

Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text
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Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text

Scientists at Canada's University of Alberta have created a machine learning model that can identify linguistic clues indicating early signs of depression in written...

'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing
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'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing

Purdue University engineers have developed a quantum random walk method that could eventually allow computers to sift through data at incredibly fast speeds.

What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
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Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.

Digital Humans on the Big Screen
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Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Motion pictures are using new techniques in computer-generated imagery to create feature-length performances by convincingly "de-aged" actors.

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers
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Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. National Science Foundation are investing $75 million in three quantum computing centers.

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19
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Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19

Restaurant chains are testing the use of cooking robots.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...
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