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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale
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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.

F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won
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F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials," in which an artificial intelligence program easily beat a U.S. Air...

Why Did We Go Digital?
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Why Did We Go Digital?

Princeton University's Ken Steiglitz feels an attachment to the analog.

Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?
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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

Missing documentation and obsolete environments force participants in the Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge to get creative.

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide
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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus
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Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Videoconferencing apps took off during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but more efficient ways to collaborate virtually are waiting in the wings.

Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties
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Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties

Microsoft has awarded $13.7 million to security researchers since July 2019 for reporting bugs in its software, which is triple the $4.4 million from the same period...

Algorithm Improves Fairness of Search Results
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Algorithm Improves Fairness of Search Results

Cornell University researchers have developed an algorithm to improve the fairness of online search rankings while retaining their utility and relevance.

U.K. Used an Algorithm to Estimate Exam Results; The Calculations Favored Elites
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U.K. Used an Algorithm to Estimate Exam Results; The Calculations Favored Elites

The British government has changed its strategy of using an algorithm to estimate how students would have performed on A-level college admissions exams after results...

Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers
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Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers

Researchers from Intel and MIT have unveiled a machine learning tool that brings developers one step closer to automated coding.

NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool
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NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool

The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have publicly exposed a sophisicated hacking tool that Russian intelligence used to penetrate...

Developer Jobs: Demand for Programming Language Python Falls Amid Pandemic
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Developer Jobs: Demand for Programming Language Python Falls Amid Pandemic

Demand has slackened for Python coding language skills since March amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to HackerRank, the developer hiring platform.

Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test
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Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test

Researchers have created a more complex version of the ancient Chinese board game Go using quantum entanglement.

Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design
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Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design

Google Brain researchers have created an automated coding tool for machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow, that outperforms humans on challenging development...

Finding Common Ground
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Finding Common Ground

Self-driving vehicles start to understand pedestrians, cyclists.

Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems
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Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems

Cisco awarded the top prize in its Global Problem Solver Challenge to an Internet of Things-enabled system for transporting dairy products.

Quantum Machines Learn 'Quantum Data'
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Quantum Machines Learn 'Quantum Data'

Scientists at Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have demonstrated that quantum-enhanced machine learning can be applied to quantum data, surmounting...

Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps
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Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps

Researchers have found that privacy policies for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa often violate baseline requirements.

Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality
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Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality

Researchers have designed a deep learning method to help develop personalized cancer vaccines by better understanding the biological mechanisms of interaction between...
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