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Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault
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Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault

Computer scientists have engineered a solution to partial network partitioning, which can cause catastrophic system failures.

Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias
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Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias

Researchers found that facial recognition systems show bias toward certain facial expressions.

Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic
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Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic

Video responses to set questions, online games that measure a person's traits and skills: The future of interviews is coming to a wider variety of professions in...

Pioneering Researcher Pierre-Louis Curien Wins Inria-French Academy of Sciences Grand Prize
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Pioneering Researcher Pierre-Louis Curien Wins Inria-French Academy of Sciences Grand Prize

The Inria-French Academy of Sciences Grand Prize puts Pierre-Louis Curien in the illustrious company of France's great computer science researchers.

The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.

Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One
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Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One

Slowly, machine-learning systems are beginning to generate ideas, not just test them.

Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Software Stalks Malware in the Wild
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Software Stalks Malware in the Wild

A new tool can pinpoint online malware source code repositories with 89% accuracy.

Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study
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Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study

Researchers found a weak relationship between early technology use and later technology use, indicating fears of widespread, long-lasting tech addiction may be...

Simple Eye Exam With Powerful Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis
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Simple Eye Exam With Powerful Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

The researchers deployed a type of artificial intelligence called support vector machine (SVM) learning, which has been around since 1989.

Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather
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Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather

Designers and appliance makers increasingly rely on a host of technological innovations to update the traditional tasks of cooking, storing and cleaning up.

The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated
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The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated

Appliance designers and manufacturers increasingly rely on technological advances to modernize the kitchen.

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later
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IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later

You've likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers.

Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London
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Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London

A fleet of autonomous, electrically-powered robot vehicles has started delivering medicine to care homes in London's Borough of Hounslow as part of a public trial...

Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize
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Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize

The Association for Computing Machinery named a U.S.-Chinese team of nine researchers as recipients of the 2020 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Deep Potential Molecular...

3D Bioprinted Heart Could Train Tomorrow's Surgeons
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3D Bioprinted Heart Could Train Tomorrow's Surgeons

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have fabricated the first full-size three-dimensionally (3D) bioprinted human heart model from magnetic resonance imaging...
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