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Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves
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Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves

An international research team lleveraged machine learning to model how waves break, which could help improve the design of offshore structures and climate prediction...

Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits
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Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits

The municipal government in Beijing, China, has granted permits to Baidu and Pony.ai to operate robotaxis without human drivers on open roads in the city.

Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails
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Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails

An Advanced Persistent Threat gang discovered by researchers at security company Mandiant is penetrating corporate networks to steal Exchange emails from those...

Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries
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Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries

Researchers used machine learning and anonymized data to better understand drug and alcohol abuse in developing countries.

Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking
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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Researchers have developed a method for comparing the reasoning of artificial intelligence software with that of human thinking, to better understand the AI's decision...

Anticipating the War's Direction
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Anticipating the War's Direction

Is the U.S. at risk of Russian cyberattacks related to Ukraine?

A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing
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A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing

Two independent teams show neutral ytterbium-171 atoms can be trapped and used for quantum information processing, bringing quantum computers based on this platform...

High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm
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High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

Virginia high school senior Benjamin Choi designed a thought-controlled robotic arm, then three-dimensionally printed the first model in small pieces, and assembled...

Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing
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Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed an approach for shuffling qubits during computing while maintaining their quantum state, resulting in a programmable, error-correcting...

Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks
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Smart Office Buildings Are Vulnerable to Hacks

Smart office buildings in the U.S. raise concerns about privacy and cybersecurity.

Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science
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Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science

Scientists at Australia's Monash University have developed a computer science learning framework that uses food to teach fundamental computing concepts.

ACM Recognizes Visionaries Whose Service Benefits All Who Participate In Computing
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ACM Recognizes Visionaries Whose Service Benefits All Who Participate In Computing

Honorees authored influential textbooks, advanced professional organizations, made the World Wide Web accessible to millions, and expanded ACM's global reach.

 Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making
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Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making

Intel and TSMC are looking to boost chip output amid supercharged demand, but getting the equipment to do so requires increasing patience.

Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Giving It Away for Free
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Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Giving It Away for Free

Facebook's parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3.

Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out
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Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out

Machine learning is known for its ability to spot fraudulent credit charges or recognize faces. Now researchers are siccing the technology on viruses.

Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design
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Google Faces Internal Battle Over Research on AI to Speed Chip Design

Studies by big institutions such as Google in well-known journals can have an outsized influence on whether similar projects are funded in the industry...

Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters
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Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters

Meta researchers used artificial intelligence to develop concrete that it claims generates 40% less carbon emissions than standard concrete mixtures.

Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building
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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building

Rresearchers have developed a jumping robot that can reach heights of more than 30 meters, or about the height of a 10-story building, after being launched at about...

Deep Learning Techniques Lead to Materials Imaging Breakthrough
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Deep Learning Techniques Lead to Materials Imaging Breakthrough

Researchers have created two new deep learning methods.

Reforming Coral Reefs Using 3D Printing
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Reforming Coral Reefs Using 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing technique to help preserve coral reefs.
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