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Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s
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Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s

A new website allows users to sift through 91.7 million computer files from CD-ROM releases and floppy discs dating back to the 1980s.

Go Backward, Save Energy
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Go Backward, Save Energy

Reversible computing principles point a way toward more efficient computers.

Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina State University researchers aim to make electric vehicles more appealing to drivers by improving access to charging stations via a game theory-based...

Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro
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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro

The Mini Cheetah robotic goalie developed by scientists in the University of California, Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab can save 87.5% of shots taken on goal.

Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease
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Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease

A new machine learning algorithm aims to improve the diagnosis of people with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers
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Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers

Ride-hailing firm Lyft announced it was testing an earnings algorithm so drivers in 18 U.S. cities can view destination and pay details before accepting requests...

Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study
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Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study

A new study found that the risk of certain common chronic diseases can be lowered with the use of a wearable activity tracker.

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers
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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently...

Computer Errors from Outer Space
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Computer Errors from Outer Space

Ever-shrinking microchips are elevating the risk of computer glitches caused by cosmic rays bombarding the Earth from outer space.

World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Frontier supercomputer experiences numerous hardware failures on a daily basis.

Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet
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Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet

University of Chicago scientists are conducting quantum Internet research in a basement closet.

Rise in Cyberattacks Stretches, Stresses Defenders
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Rise in Cyberattacks Stretches, Stresses Defenders

Cybersecurity specialists are working multiple cases simultaneously and dealing with the resulting stress.

Advanced Control of a Six-Qubit Quantum Processor in Silicon
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Advanced Control of a Six-Qubit Quantum Processor in Silicon

Researchers at QuTech in the Netherlands have developed a chip with six silicon-based spin qubits that operates with a low-error rate, a development seen as a stepping...

Rare Electrical Recordings of Human Brain Detail Neural Activity
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Rare Electrical Recordings of Human Brain Detail Neural Activity

An international team of neuroscientists used medical data to record human neural activity of visual processing in exceptional detail.

Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes
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Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes

At the heart of every bot-detection tool is a human's gut feeling—and all the messiness that comes with it.

Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers
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Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers

Dartmouth College researchers used data from FitBit users to determine that exercise could be optimized to improve mental and cognitive health.

Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses
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Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses

Wegmans has discontinued the self-checkout SCAN app it rolled out early in the pandemic to offer contactless shopping, citing losses tied to the app.

There is Plenty of Room at The Top (of Supercomputing)
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There is Plenty of Room at The Top (of Supercomputing)

Jack Dongarra on the future of high-performance computing.

Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World
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Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World

Software is making inroads into white-collar professions due to innovations enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and fueled by pandemic-surging...

Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Four Equations
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Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Four Equations

Scientists trained a machine learning tool to capture the physics of electrons moving on a lattice using far fewer equations than would typically be required, without...
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