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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time
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The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Although a fully realized quantum network is still a far-off vision, recent breakthroughs have convinced some physicists that a simple proof-of-principle is imminent...

How Computation is Changing Journalism
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How Computation is Changing Journalism

Nicholas Diakopoulos has helped to make journalism is increasingly computational. 

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts
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Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has significantly upgraded the software that guides its weather prediction capability for the first time...

DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers
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DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy will build at least two new research centers to support quantum information science .

Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI
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Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car
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Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car

The training of a single artificial intelligence program can require as much as 284 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or about five times the lifetime emissions...

Computer Virus Has Thrown Philadelphia's Court System Into Chaos
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Computer Virus Has Thrown Philadelphia's Court System Into Chaos

A computer virus has crippled Philadelphia's online court system for more than three weeks, raising issues about how cities can respond when essential services...

Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain
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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain

A new collaborative robot system can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
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Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.

How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens
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How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens

Deloitte and other sources say China is home to about half the approximately 1,000 smart cities currently under development worldwide.

Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection
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Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection

Researchers have identified a malware technique designed to evade detection via individualized keystroke characteristics.

A Single Punctuation Mark Has Been Skewing Our Entire System of Scientific Ranking
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A Single Punctuation Mark Has Been Skewing Our Entire System of Scientific Ranking

A study has determined that academic papers with hyphens in their titles are counted less frequently in citation-tallying datasets.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models
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Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models

Researchers have developed physics-based dynamic rupture models that can simulate complex earthquake ruptures using supercomputers.

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever
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Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and custom-written code to generate the "most detailed" black hole simulation yet.
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