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Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race
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Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Georgia election officials say they found a programming error on the state's voting touchscreens that caused a column of candidates in the U.S. Senate special election...

Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning
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Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning

Researchers developed a deep learning algorithm that enabled a curling robot to beat human players.

Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum
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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone startups increasingly are being targeted by venture investors, due to expected growth in the sector amid technological advancements and federal approvals....

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing
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NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  have developed a new technique for three-dimensional printing of gels and other soft materials...

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing
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Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service
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Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service

U.K. grocery chain Tesco next month will start trialing a drone delivery service in Ireland's County Galway, using unmanned aerial vehicles from Manna to deliver...

Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores
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Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores

The RISC-V open standard instruction-set architecture can improve cybersecurity.

European Commission Invests €8 Billion  in Supercomputing
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European Commission Invests €8 Billion in Supercomputing

The European Commission is boosting its commitment under the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking with a planned €8-billion ($9.4-billion) infusion into developing European...

Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles
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Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich say they have created accident-preventing software for autonomous vehicles that anticipates variations of...

Huang’s Law Is the New Moore’s Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm
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Huang’s Law Is the New Moore’s Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm

The rule that the same dollar buys twice the computing power every 18 months is no longer true, but a new law—which we named for the CEO of Nvidia, the company...

Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies
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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical...

Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot
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Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot

Walmart said it has partnered with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, NC.

Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years
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Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years

Microsoft has retrieved an underwater datacenter that it sunk off the coast of Orkney in Scotland two years ago, and is analyzing its performance data.

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
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Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three leading makers offered glimpses of their finances.

Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion
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Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that the company has no intentions of doing anything that would cause clients like Apple to walk away

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...

Take a Road Trip Using the 2020 Robotics Roadmap
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Take a Road Trip Using the 2020 Robotics Roadmap

Every four years a Roadmap for U.S. Robotics is published. 2020 is the year for the latest edition, and RIA Robotics Week just introduced it.

Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers
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Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers

Researchers found that low-level ionizing radiation in the environment can degrade the performance of superconducting quantum bits, or qubits.
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