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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders' Jobs Quicker, Easier
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Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders' Jobs Quicker, Easier

InterSpec is a program for mobile and traditional computing devices designed to analye gamma radiation data at the scene of a disaster.

ASU Researcher Works to Design Algorithms for More Robust Networks
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ASU Researcher Works to Design Algorithms for More Robust Networks

Researchers at Arizona State University say they are trying to design effective intervention strategies and algorithms when networks are likely to fail.

Microsoft and Cornell Tech Announce New Partnership
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Microsoft and Cornell Tech Announce New Partnership

Microsoft is partnering with the Cornell Tech-based Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts.

How to Make Robots That We Can Trust
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How to Make Robots That We Can Trust

The design of trustworthy autonomous systems must entail consideration of the ability to explain decisions and recourse options when things go awry.

The Effectiveness of Coding Camps
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The Effectiveness of Coding Camps

Do coding schools really get you working faster, with better pay, than college computer science courses?

Supercomputers Take Big Green Leap in 2017
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Supercomputers Take Big Green Leap in 2017

The most environmentally-friendly supercomputers more than doubled their energy efficiency in 2017.

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human
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How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

The first time Alex Acero saw Her, he watched it like a normal person.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

There's something not quite right about humanoid robots.

Why John Deere Just Spent $305 Million on a Lettuce-Farming Robot
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Why John Deere Just Spent $305 Million on a Lettuce-Farming Robot

Tractor giant John Deere just spent $305 million to acquire Blue River Technology, a startup that makes robots capable of identifying unwanted plants and shooting...

Plot a Course Through the Genome
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Plot a Course Through the Genome

Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy.

Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery
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Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Scientists on NASA''s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful...

Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay
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Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.

Artificial Intelligence Cyberattacks Are Coming--but What Does That Mean?
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Artificial Intelligence Cyberattacks Are Coming--but What Does That Mean?

Artificial intelligence could play a key role in the next major cyberattack.

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That
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Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That

Google is urging Hollywood to diversify the gender and ethnicity of computer scientists appearing on TV and film.

Neuroscientist Harnesses the Power of Virtual Reality to Unlock the Mysteries of Memory
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Neuroscientist Harnesses the Power of Virtual Reality to Unlock the Mysteries of Memory

Researchers are using virtual reality to study how a person's brain encodes and retrieves memories while they explore a new virtual environment.

Flip-Flop Qubits: Radical New Quantum Design Invented
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Flip-Flop Qubits: Radical New Quantum Design Invented

Researchers have created a new quantum computing architecture based on "flip-flop quantum bits (qubits)."

Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index the Real World
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Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index the Real World

Steve Silverman helped build cameras for two NASA rovers that went to Mars.

The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera
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The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

Researchers at Facebook's Artificial Intelligence lab have developed an expressive animated bot controlled by an artificially intelligent algorithm trained on hundreds...
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