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AI Judges and Juries
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AI Judges and Juries

Artificial intelligence is changing the legal industry.

Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands
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Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA's Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth.

Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom
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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom

Researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landa in Germany developed a robotic system that was able to successfully clean at least 80% of the liquid from on and...

C Language Update Puts Backward Compatibility First
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C Language Update Puts Backward Compatibility First

A working draft of the standard for the next C programming language revision is available for review. Most changes that have thus far been approved clarify and...

Merging Memory and Computation, Programmable Chip Speeds AI, Slashes Power Use
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Merging Memory and Computation, Programmable Chip Speeds AI, Slashes Power Use

Princeton University researchers have constructed a programmable computer chip that incorporates in-memory computing, eliminating the need for processors to retrieve...

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions
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World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight...

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research
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New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

A new system can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.

Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead
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Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead

D-Wave offers access to a cloud-based quantum application environment.

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use
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FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use

The technology projects two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient's body...

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%
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Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way to improve the battery life of mobile devices, by minimizing the power consumption of mobile apps by up to 60%.

New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing
From ACM TechNews

New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing

A new manufacturing technique can keep electronics cooler by as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing faster, more efficient computation.

Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR
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Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR

Dartmouth College researchers have developed battery-free eye-tracking glasses that could enhance augmented reality technologies.

Upgraded U.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List
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Upgraded U.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List

U.S. supercomputers are now ranked in first and second place on the latest Top500 list, due to upgrades.

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space
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NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest...

Imaging the Earth's Interior With the Summit Supercomputer
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Imaging the Earth's Interior With the Summit Supercomputer

Princeton University researchers used years' worth of global earthquake data to generate a three-dimensional simulation of the Earth's interior.

Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help
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Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help

San Jose State University's Craig Clements says artificial intelligence is being explored to more rapidly localize fires and predict their propagation and behaviors...

Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List
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Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List

The US now can claim the top two machines on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, as Sierra, an IBM machine for nuclear weapons research at Lawrence Livermore...

Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems
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Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems

I'm a simple person. To me, a computer consists of three parts: data that goes in and out, operations that modify the data, and storage that holds the data.

To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'
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To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'

In 2016, the chip industry's clock ran out.

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.
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