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NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer
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NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer

A standard Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Apollo 4000-series business computer is being used to conduct science experiments on the International Space Station.

Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee
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Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee

The World Wide Web inventor says Silicon Valley firms have too much clout and 'optimism has cracked'.

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
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Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events

Last week, as thousands of Central American migrants made their way northward through Mexico, walking a treacherous route toward the US border, talk of "the caravan...

NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End
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NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system's earliest chapter.

Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description
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Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description

A new system uses machine learning to automatically match individuals in videos with their descriptions.

Researchers Combine Technologies for New Digital Stethoscope
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Researchers Combine Technologies for New Digital Stethoscope

A prototype digital stethoscope for grading heart ailments and heart-pump performance incorporates precision sensors, electrocardiogram technology, and machine...

Christie’s First to Sell Art Made by AI
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Christie’s First to Sell Art Made by AI

A painted portrait produced by a machine learning algorithm was auctioned for $432,000 by Christie's auction house in New York.

Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning
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Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning

What if you stopped learning after graduation? It sounds stultifying, but that is how most machine-learning systems are trained.

The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits
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The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits

On a cold morning in Minneapolis last December, a man walked into a research centre to venture where only pigs had gone before: into the strongest magnetic resonance...

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

When you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but the world starts to look more interesting if your hammer can change shape.

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
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Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The University of Illinois professor helped develop memory consistency models.

Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback
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Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback

You could call it buyer's remorse. Five US states went all in on electronic voting machines, and four of those states are poised to get out.

The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI
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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster...

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles
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NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is conducting a month-long military exercise using a variety of new technologies.

Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM Under New U.S. Rules
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Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM Under New U.S. Rules

It is now legal in the U.S. for consumers and repair companies to break an electronic device's digital rights management protections in order to to repair it.

Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology
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Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology

A project to track Zika-carrying mosquitoes across Puerto Rico is developing solutions that could help other parts of the world cope with mosquito-borne diseases...

Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce
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Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce

Grocers are deploying robots and artificial intelligence to boost warehouse efficiency amid intensifying competition for consumer food spending.

Computer Theorists Show Path to Verifying that Quantum Beats Classical
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Computer Theorists Show Path to Verifying that Quantum Beats Classical

There have been parallel efforts to find a way to prove that quantum supremacy has been achieved.

NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch
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NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets—more planets even than stars—NASA's Kepler space...

Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness
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Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness

In the winter of 1994, a young man in his early twenties named Tim was a patient in a London psychiatric hospital.
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