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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

For Better Computing, Liberate CPUs From Garbage Collection
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For Better Computing, Liberate CPUs From Garbage Collection

Researchers have created a compact accelerator that relieves a CPU of the "garbage collection" task of deleting redundant or irrelevant data from apps to make more...

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out
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Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Researchers in Spain have developed a predictive modeling system for personalized student dropout rates.

Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities
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Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an augmented reality interface to help disabled individuals control complex assistive robots.

Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane
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Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane

Security researchers from Tencent have demonstrated a way to use physical attacks to spoof Tesla's autopilot.

Squeezing More Data Through Less Fiber
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Squeezing More Data Through Less Fiber

Researchers have developed transmitting and receiving equipment that could squeeze 26.2 terabits per second through the MAREA cable.

What Programming Languages Engineers, Employers Love--and Hate
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What Programming Languages Engineers, Employers Love--and Hate

A survey on the love/hate relationships between software engineers and coding languages found Google's Go language was the global leader.

Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps
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Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps

The University of Cambridge's Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence and the Czech Republic's GoodAI are partnering to launch the Animal-AI Olympics. ...

Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades
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Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades

Researchers have developed robots that can demilitarize up to 21 warheads in an eight-hour shift, which equates to 13,524 bomblets being recycled per day.

Security Technology Detects Cyberattacks on Drones, Cars, Robots
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Security Technology Detects Cyberattacks on Drones, Cars, Robots

Researchers at Mitsubishi Electric have developed sensor-security technology for detecting inconsistencies in sensor measurements when a system is under attack....

Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack
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Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack

A new encryption system performs schemes that classical computers can use, but quantum computers cannot crack.

Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize
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Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

The Zillow Prize competition pitted nearly 4,000 teams against one another in an effort to develop a computerized system that could predict the future sale price...

Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats
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Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats

Drones flying over the Galapagos island of North Seymour dropped rat poison in an effort to eliminate invasive black and brown rats.

Do Data Scientists Need Certification?
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Do Data Scientists Need Certification?

The Open Group information technology consortium has announced the establishment of a data scientist certification program to address the shortage of data scientists...

Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code
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Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code

Facebook is using two automated tools to find and repair low-level bugs in its mobile apps.

Demand, Salaries for Scientists Continue to Climb
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Demand, Salaries for Scientists Continue to Climb

The Indeed job-search site says data scientist job postings from U.S. employers continue to outnumber interested applicants.

The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech
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The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech

A few days before Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that devotes more than US $1.2 billion to a national effort dedicated to quantum...

Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%
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Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%

The Ethereum Foundation, and the broader open source movement devoted to advancing the cryptocurrency bitcoin, plan to field-test an overhaul of Ethereum's code...

Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI
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Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI

What's the best type of device from which to build a neural network? Of course, it should be fast, small, consume little power, have the ability to reliably store...

IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human
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IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human

Roboticists at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are teaching Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot Atlas a more natural walking gait.
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