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Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers
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Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers

Scientists are investigating silicon as a key ingredient in the creation of scalable quantum computers.

$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers
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$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers

Indiana University is launching a $1.2-million project examining why women make up such a relatively small percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...

ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education
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ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education

The International Society for Technology in Education and Code.org have formed a partnership to create more opportunities for educators interested in teaching computer...

Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate
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Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

Researchers are developing cooperative swarms of tiny robots called smarticles that can collectively perform complex behaviors.

2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
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2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's...

#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones
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#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones

Researchers in Australia have shown that monitoring wildlife using drones is more accurate than traditional counting.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, Ariz., cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones...

Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides
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Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides

AccuMM is a new automated solution for the long-term monitoring of landslides.

Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?
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Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?

Python is currently the most popular language in the data science exploration and development stage.

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World
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Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.

Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors
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Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors

Researchers say they have successfully programmed tiny robots to destroy tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

Detecting Hidden Threats
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Detecting Hidden Threats

Technology under development at the University of Delaware is aimed at detecting explosive devices from a distance.

Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes
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Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of a deep neural network programmed to detect diabetes.

The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies
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The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies

More and more businesses are accepting cryptocurrencies as payment; here's why.

The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time
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The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time

At precisely three minutes and thirty seconds before two o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, April 10, 1896, on a bridge in the Greek town of Marathon, an army...

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
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Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.

The Robots Will See You Now
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The Robots Will See You Now

Researchers used advanced real-time tracking software and robotics to design and test the first closed-loop control system featuring a bioinspired robotic replica...

Improving Drone Performance in Headwinds
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Improving Drone Performance in Headwinds

Researchers have found that angling the rotor blades of a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle can reduce pitching when attempting to fly into headwinds.

Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'
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Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'

Jueying is a quadruped robot dog that can run up a steep slope, walk on thick snow, and regain its balance after receiving a heavy blow.

UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes
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UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has cited the need to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research....
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