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Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution
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Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution

Researchers at the University of Arizona have used supercomputer simulations to understand how galaxies such as the Milky Way come into existence.

Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles
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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at universities across Canada are helping the country prepare for the coming autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle revolution, while raising Canada's...

Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test
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Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test

Australia's New South Wales government will soon initiate trials for the $600-million (US$404-million) M4 Smart Motorway project.

Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates
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Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates

Startups and large healthcare organizations are developing tools designed to give parents frequent updates on what is happening to their children during surgeries...

IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management
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IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management

IBM and a number of other multinational corporations have jointly developed a new blockchain network, with the goal of improving manual and cumbersome supply chain...

A Breakthrough in Explainable AI
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A Breakthrough in Explainable AI

Researchers create an artificial intelligence agent that explains its reasoning.

FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices
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FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with French software company Dassault Systemes to develop a virtual model of the human heart for evaluating new...

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones
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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate...

Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing
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Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing

The Accenture professional services firm is expanding its quantum computing consulting practice, reflecting growing corporate interest in the technology.

Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November
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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.

Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners
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Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Stanford University researchers have developed a camera system that can reassemble scenes and detect moving objects hidden around corners, by analyzing the reflections...

The Drive to Quantum Computing
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The Drive to Quantum Computing

The U.S. National Quantum Initiative will support the push towards a quantum computing infrastructure, ecosystem, and workforce.

Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question
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Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question

Researchers have solved a longstanding question in turbulence using supercomputers running simulations on graphics processors originally developed for gaming.

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip
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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her...

Unintended Consequences
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Unintended Consequences

Banning Huawei won't stop hardware trojan attacks.

Famous Scottish Reformation Church Virtually Reconstructed After 500 years
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Famous Scottish Reformation Church Virtually Reconstructed After 500 years

Researchers combined computer technology with historical research to create a virtual reconstruction of how Scotland's St. Andrews Cathedral looked just before...

With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain
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With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

Microsoft has made a $1-billion investment in OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab created by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning
From Communications of the ACM

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.

What Makes a Robot Likable?
From Communications of the ACM

What Makes a Robot Likable?

Interactions with robotics teach us more about people.
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