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App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You
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App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You

Researchers in Germany and Australia found China is using a widely downloaded mobile app and translation service to siphon billions of pieces of information on...

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

Researchers Use AI to Find Patterns Among Multitude of People, Cells
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Researchers Use AI to Find Patterns Among Multitude of People, Cells

Researchers have developed a method of leveraging artificial intelligence neural networks to reveal larger patterns of activity of individual cells that come from...

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station
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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).

Snaking Its Way into Your Heart
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Snaking Its Way into Your Heart

Artfiicial intelligence's new take on heart surgery.

Summit Simulates How Humans Will 'Brake' During Mars Landing
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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)...

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

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

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

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

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

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

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots
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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...

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

Artificial Intelligence: What’s to Fear?
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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...

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

Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies
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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.

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

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

Lost in Translation?
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Lost in Translation?

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

Celebrating 50 Years of Unix
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Celebrating 50 Years of Unix

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

Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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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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