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Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes
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Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes

A software upgrade developed by researchers at France's Polytechnic Institute of Paris improves the efficiency of wind turbines by ensuring they spend more time...

Making Connections
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Making Connections

Bob Metcalfe, recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his role in the development of Ethernet, briefly considered a career in tennis.

Better Algorithms through Faster Math
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Better Algorithms through Faster Math

The search for new algorithms that could reduce the time needed for multiplication is now at the center of data science.

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT
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Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT

Existing security standards do not always offer sufficient protection to secure the Internet of Things.

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health
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Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy urges action to ensure social media environments are healthy and safe.

Quantum Computers Compared
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Quantum Computers Compared

Scientists compared leading quantum computers using the Quantum Computing User Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Taiwan Is Running Low on Engineers
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Taiwan Is Running Low on Engineers

Leaders of Taiwan's semiconductor industry fear the nation's supply of engineers will be unable to meet demand for new talent.

Engineering a New Way to Feed Gorillas
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Engineering a New Way to Feed Gorillas

Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have built an automatic feeding machine for gorillas at Zoo Atlanta that allows for more natural foraging.

The Fall of Silicon Valley Bank
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The Fall of Silicon Valley Bank

An overreliance on technology startups could have been a major factor in its demise.

Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?
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Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?

The financial services industry is plotting how to incorporate tools like ChatGPT into its products. But humans will still be necessary to provide personal advice...

College is Remade as Tech Majors Surge, Humanities Dwindle
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College is Remade as Tech Majors Surge, Humanities Dwindle

Higher education institutions are seeing rising enrollment in computer science at the same time interest in humanities is declining.

Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range
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Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range

Cattle ranchers increasingly have access to virtual fences that allow them to use electronic collars to keep their cows from wandering away.

Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes
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Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes

More than a dozen companies have popped up to offer services aimed at identifying whether photos, text, and videos are made by humans or machines.

Linking IT's Energy Consumption to Carbon Emissions
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Linking IT's Energy Consumption to Carbon Emissions

New guidelines aim to measure, and ultimately reduce, the digital impact of the enterprise on the environment.

Dark Web ChatGPT Unleashed: Meet DarkBERT
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Dark Web ChatGPT Unleashed: Meet DarkBERT

Researchers have created a large language model trained on Dark Web data.

'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail
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'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail

Digital imaging by deepwater seabed mapping company Magellan for U.K. TV production company Atlantic Productions has yielded a "digital twin" of the RMS Titanic...

Technologists Develop FatNet Algorithm
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Technologists Develop FatNet Algorithm

The FatNet algorithm can convert any convolutional neural network into a specialized network that is more compatible with an optical artificial intelligence accelerator...

Statistical Simulator Supports Benchmarking Tool to Mimic Omics Data
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Statistical Simulator Supports Benchmarking Tool to Mimic Omics Data

A next-generation in-silico statistical simulator can support a benchmarking tool for medical and biological researchers to assess and validate computational methods...

Light-Field Sensor for 3D Scene Construction with Unprecedented Angular Resolution
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Light-Field Sensor for 3D Scene Construction with Unprecedented Angular Resolution

National University of Singapore scientists created a three-dimensional light-field sensor that can reconstruct scenes with ultra-high angular resolution.

AI Drug Discovery Is $50-Billion Opportunity for Big Pharma
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AI Drug Discovery Is $50-Billion Opportunity for Big Pharma

Drugmakers worldwide are adopting artificial intelligence in the hope of accelerating drug discovery and time to market while cutting costs.
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