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October 2019


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Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves

Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves

An international team used sound waves to control quantum information in one electron, an advance in creating efficient quantum computers built from semiconductors.


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Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobee robot is now up and running on the International Space Station (ISS).


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Snaking Its Way into Your Heart

Snaking Its Way into Your Heart

Artfiicial intelligence's new take on heart surgery.


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The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots

Researchers have developed motion-capture software that uses deep learning to model a fruit fly's movements in three dimensions, in the hope of designing fly-like robots.


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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.


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Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow

Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow

Two companies have partnered on an autonomous shuttle service to transport commuters between a Metro station and locations in Reston, VA.


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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.


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Summit Simulates How Humans Will 'Brake' During Mars Landing

Summit Simulates How Humans Will 'Brake' During Mars Landing

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers are using the Summit supercomputer to model retropropulsion (using rocket engines to decelerate) for landing manned spacecraft on Mars.


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Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russian pizza magnate Fyodor Ovchinnikov plans to open 1,000 Dodo Pizza outlets in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the next five years, using a combination of application software and analytics in the cloud.


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If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something?

If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something?

A five-fingered feat could show important progress in Artificial Intelligence research. It is also a stunt.


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Artificial Intelligence: What’s to Fear?

Artificial Intelligence: What’s to Fear?

What should worry us most about artificial intelligence: losing our jobs to cheaper labor or losing our lives to killer robots? The real threat may lie in yet another danger: losing our minds.


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How the U.S. Census Kickstarted America’s Computing Industry

How the U.S. Census Kickstarted America’s Computing Industry

As the country grew, each census required greater effort than the last, not merely to collect the data but also to compile it into usable form.


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Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies

Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies

Across Europe, some of the world's oldest universities are intensifying efforts to get promising technologies out of their labs and into commercial use.


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NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip

NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip

Researchers have developed a robot that can pick up delicate optical lenses and mirrors with the care and precision of human hands.


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Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

The Australian government is allocating AU$31.8 million (about US$21.5 million) to the Australian Research Council to study responsible, ethical, and inclusive autonomous decision-making technologies.


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Lost in Translation?

Lost in Translation?

Machine language translation is advancing rapidly, but can it reach the level of human understanding?


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Celebrating 50 Years of Unix

Celebrating 50 Years of Unix

Since its introduction 50 years ago, Unix has been copied or imitated countless times.


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Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots

Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots

Researchers designed a system integrating artificial skin with control algorithms, which they used to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body synthetic skin.


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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.


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Engineers Solve 50-Year-Old Puzzle in Signal Processing

Engineers Solve 50-Year-Old Puzzle in Signal Processing

Iowa State University researchers have solved the mystery of the inverse fast Fourier transform algorithm.


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Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars

Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robot drone that can traverse rough terrain.


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Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

The gymnastics world championships in Germany used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate athletes' performance.


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Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool

Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool

Artificial intelligence researchers are trying to fix the flaws of neural networks.


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3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold

3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold

Scientists have developed a nanoscale three-dimensional printing methodology that maintains resolution and is 1,000 times faster than conventional two-photon lithography.


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Microsoft Says Iran Tried Hack of U.S. Presidential Campaign

Microsoft Says Iran Tried Hack of U.S. Presidential Campaign

Microsoft says a hacker group connected to the Iranian government has tried to compromise email accounts of a U.S. presidential campaign, current and former U.S. officials, and journalists.


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SMART Announces Successful Way to Commercially Manufacture Novel Integrated Silicon III-V Chips

SMART Announces Successful Way to Commercially Manufacture Novel Integrated Silicon III-V Chips

Researchers have developed a commercially viable method of creating new silicon III-V chips, a breakthrough that could lead to intelligent optoelectronic and 5G devices.


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Vietnam Developer, Sumitomo Join to Build $4B Smart City

Vietnam Developer, Sumitomo Join to Build $4B Smart City

Vietnamese developer BRG Group and Japanese trading company Sumitomo have announced a $4.21-billion smart-city development on the outskirts of Hanoi to begin next year.


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Biggest Brands Embrace an Obscure Online Subculture

Biggest Brands Embrace an Obscure Online Subculture

For years, the "Extremely Online" have shared the latest Internet memes and inside jokes. Now companies are doing the same.


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AAA Warns Pedestrian Detection Systems Don't Work When Needed Most

AAA Warns Pedestrian Detection Systems Don't Work When Needed Most

Study finds safety systems fail at night, when the majority of pedestrian vehicle fatalities occur.


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Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers

Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers

IBM researchers have demonstrated a quantum-proof encryption method called CRYSTALS that can successfully encrypt a magnetic-tap storage device.