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What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown
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What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown

China has its own great firewall. Turkey has been blocking swaths of the internet, including YouTube, for at least a decade.

Scholar Uses Algorithm to Make Christmas Tree Farming More Efficient
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Scholar Uses Algorithm to Make Christmas Tree Farming More Efficient

A Penn State University researcher has developed an algorithm to analyze and store images of Christmas tree farms taken by unmanned aircraft.

Dim Prospects for Junior Developers
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Dim Prospects for Junior Developers

Employers prefer experience for even entry-level coding positions.

New Material Is Key Step Toward More Powerful Computing
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New Material Is Key Step Toward More Powerful Computing

Oregon State University researchers have developed a compound that constitutes a significant advance toward quantum computing.

Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Avengers: Infinity War?
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Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Avengers: Infinity War?

Some movies are obvious hits. Like, for example, Avengers: Infinity War, which made a record-breaking $258 million at the domestic box office last weekend, filling...

ACM Recognizes Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution
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ACM Recognizes Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution

Award recipients made contributions in areas including open source software, biotechnology, networks, and artificial intelligence.

Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension
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Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension

As I put on a virtual-reality (VR) headset, the outside world disappears.

Exascale System for Earth Simulation Introduced
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Exascale System for Earth Simulation Introduced

The Energy Exascale Earth System Model has been unveiled after four years of development.

Heart Is Where the Chips Are, Helping Keep the Beat
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Heart Is Where the Chips Are, Helping Keep the Beat

A new wireless pacemaker array opens new possibilities for medical sensors.

There's a New Test in Town for Ranking Supercomputers
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There's a New Test in Town for Ranking Supercomputers

Researchers have devised a new benchmark  for rating the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers.

Editing Brain Activity With Holography
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Editing Brain Activity With Holography

Researchers are building equipment to project holographs into the human brain to trick it into thinking it has felt, seen, or sensed something.

AI Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives
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AI Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives

The In Codice Ratio project uses artificial intelligence and optical character recognition software to mine the Vatican Secret Archives and make its documents available...

Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer
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Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer

One of the near-term (but somewhat irrelevant) goals of quantum computing is something called quantum supremacy.

Incredibly Detailed Embryo Maps Chart Each Cell's Developmental Fate
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Incredibly Detailed Embryo Maps Chart Each Cell's Developmental Fate

Painstaking genomic analyses of thousands of individual cells in frogs and fish have yielded the most detailed roadmaps yet charting an embryo's journey from a...

Face Recognition for Galaxies: Artificial Intelligence Brings New Tools to Astronomy
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Face Recognition for Galaxies: Artificial Intelligence Brings New Tools to Astronomy

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers used computer simulations of galaxy formation to train a deep learning algorithm to recognize three phases of galaxy...

Speeding Up Material Discovery
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Speeding Up Material Discovery

A new algorithm has been developed to help discover and optimize new thermoelectric materials by tackling quantum mechanical equations without experimental input...

Meet Celeris, the First Interactive Coastal Wave Modeling Software That Runs Faster Than Real-Time
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Meet Celeris, the First Interactive Coastal Wave Modeling Software That Runs Faster Than Real-Time

Newly developed open-source nearshore modeling software runs faster than real-time.

Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference
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Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference

Last year, representatives of 25 countries met in Tokyo to work on setting international standards for the blockchain, the technology that was introduced by the...

Motion Sickness a Major Problem with Self-Driving Cars
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Motion Sickness a Major Problem with Self-Driving Cars

Motion sickness could prevent some of the benefits expected from autonomous vehicles.

Stretchable Smart Sensor a Promising Alternative to Painful Blood Tests
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Stretchable Smart Sensor a Promising Alternative to Painful Blood Tests

A new flexible wireless sensor worn on the skin monitors the pH of the wearer's sweat in real time.
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