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How to Introduce Quantum Computers Without Slowing Economic Growth
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How to Introduce Quantum Computers Without Slowing Economic Growth

To smooth the path of the quantum revolution, researchers and governments must predict and prepare for the traps ahead.

Quantum Computers are All 'Terrible' — But Researchers Aren't Worried
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Quantum Computers are All 'Terrible' — But Researchers Aren't Worried

Even the scientists who have made quantum computers their life's work say they can't do anything useful yet — but the future is bright. Plus, how China's data privacy...

Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data
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Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data

Some researchers envision synthetic data as not only offering content that is close enough to actual data to preserve privacy, but also enabling production of better...

AI 'Fairness' Research Held Back by Lack of Diversity
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AI 'Fairness' Research Held Back by Lack of Diversity

Authors of papers on the potential biases of artificial intelligence tools in health care are predominantly white, male and from high-income countries.

'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature
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'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature

The statcheck online tool developed by Michèle Nuijten at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has reduced statistical errors in scientific papers.

Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors
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Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors

Google physicists have demonstrated that making their quantum code bigger can reduce the error rate of calculations.

Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

Individual atoms trapped by optical 'tweezers' are emerging as a promising computational platform.

DeepMind Invents Faster Algorithms to Solve Tough Math Puzzles
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DeepMind Invents Faster Algorithms to Solve Tough Math Puzzles

Researchers at AI laboratory DeepMind have created an algorithm that can solve tough mathematical calculations with improved computing efficiency.

'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers
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'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers

Adam Day at U.K.-based data services company Clear Skies developed a software tool that highlights potentially bogus scientific papers.

Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery
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Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery

An international security conference explored how artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery could be misused for de novo design of biochemical weapons...

Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults
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Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults

Robotic assistants could be used in nursing and retirement homes to help seniors care for themselves and assist with chores.

Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts
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Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts

At least four publishers are using artificial intelligence to vet manuscripts for duplicate images.

Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory
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Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory

Proof-assistant software handles an abstract concept at the cutting edge of research, revealing a bigger role for software in mathematics.

Argument Technology for Debating with Humans
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Argument Technology for Debating with Humans

Project Debater is an IBM-developed artificial intelligence system that can engage with humans in debates.

Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images
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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?
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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

Missing documentation and obsolete environments force participants in the Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge to get creative.

NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations
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NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations

The U.S. National Science Foundation has taken action in 16-to-20 individual cases, most involving "very well-known academics," in which foreign ties were not properly...

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending
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China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending

The U.S. National Science Foundation estimated China's research and development funding is rapidly catching up to that of the U.S.
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