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Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage
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Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Researchers are moving toward commercializing skyrmion-based magnetic data storage by electrically detecting for the first time a single skyrmion at room temperature...

Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and Useful Thing
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Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and Useful Thing

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working on small aerial drones that purposefully collide with obstacles and then move on to perform various functions...

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots
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Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Researchers are developing robotic swarms that can be rapidly customized, self-assembled, and self-deployed without human intervention.

This AI Hunts Poachers
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This AI Hunts Poachers

Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security is an artificial intelligence program that uses machine learning algorithms to predict where poaching is likely to occur...

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot
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With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot

In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

Hacked Dog Pics Can Play Tricks on Computer Vision AI
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Hacked Dog Pics Can Play Tricks on Computer Vision AI

Researchers at MIT have demonstrated a new way to fool computer vision algorithms that enable artificial intelligence systems to see. 

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions
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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words, artificial intelligence software from IBM is now employing the same methods computers use to translate languages...

Not Your Father's Analog Computer
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Not Your Father's Analog Computer

Significant work is underway in analog computing in the context of machine learning, machine intelligence, and biomimetic circuits.

Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback
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Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback

Even in early winter, the sun is harsh in Western Australia's Murchison shire.

Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing
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Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing

A universal quantum computer capable of outperforming today's classical computers in solving many different problems remains the biggest future prize for many engineers...

4 Strange New Ways to Compute
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4 Strange New Ways to Compute

With Moore's Law slowing, engineers have been taking a cold hard look at what will keep computing going when it's gone.

To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage
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To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage

For Fridtjof Nansen, 13 April 1895 started well.

A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'patchable' Hardware
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To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'patchable' Hardware

The security of the Internet of Things could depend on its constituent hardware being "patchable" so it can adapt to future threats, write several experts.

What Cmu's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching For Mexican Earthquake Survivors
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What Cmu's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching For Mexican Earthquake Survivors

Researchers used their snake robots in search-and-rescue missions in Mexico City shortly after a major earthquake struck the region in September.

An Edible Actuator For Ingestible Robots
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An Edible Actuator For Ingestible Robots

Researchers recently unveiled a prototype for a soft, edible pneumatic actuator fabricated from gelatin, which can serve as a crucial mechanism for ingestible robots...

China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call
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China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call

Chinese researchers have completed a practical demonstration of quantum key distribution, showing that it's possible to encrypt and send data between two locations...

Improving K–12 Computer Science Education
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Improving K–12 Computer Science Education

Code.org estimates fewer than half of U.S. K-12 schools offer computer science courses, which a 2016 Google-Gallup survey elevates to 75% when accounting for after...

The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin
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The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin

Keeping bitcoin running via the process of "mining" consumes a staggering amount of electricity, and experts are investigating energy-saving solutions.
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