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Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials
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Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials

A new computational model may be used to predict which metal-organic framework structures will be most stable for a given application.

Fish Story: Animals Adjust Reactions to Misinformation
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Fish Story: Animals Adjust Reactions to Misinformation

A multi-institutional team of scientists found fish can reduce the risk of overreacting to misinformation by adjusting their sensitivity to the actions of others...

How Randomness Improves Algorithms
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How Randomness Improves Algorithms

Unpredictability can help computer scientists solve otherwise intractable problems.

More Details, but Not Enough
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More Details, but Not Enough

Disputed Google research is receiving further scrutiny, despite the company's inaction in open-sourcing its data or source code as promised.

Simulation Reveals Secrets of Exotic Form of Electrons
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Simulation Reveals Secrets of Exotic Form of Electrons

University of Texas at Austin researchers mapped polarons, quasiparticles consisting of an electron and its surrounding distortions of atoms in a crystal lattice...

Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery
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Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery

Finding novel materials needs more than pure machine learning.

AI Rewrites Coding
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AI Rewrites Coding

Even as software grows increasingly complex, artificial intelligence helps to simplify and automate coding tasks.

Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media
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Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media

Researchers have developed an all-optical object classification technique that uses diffractive deep neural networks and a single-pixel spectral detector to classify...

Virtual Influencers in the Real World
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Virtual Influencers in the Real World

We are increasingly engaging with these digital personalities, online and offline.

How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language
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How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language

For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.

Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation
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Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation

Computationally efficient mathematical models aim to improve the accuracy of flexible medical needles used in surgical simulation without adding unnecessary steps...

Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'
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Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'

Scientists at Cerebras and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory said they can model extreme weather by accelerating field equations...

Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics
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Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology that measures the presence of alcohol in digital images could help recovering alcoholics evaluate their exposure to alcohol marketing on social media...

Why the Simplex Method, at Age 75, is Still the Go-To Algorithm
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Why the Simplex Method, at Age 75, is Still the Go-To Algorithm

Daniel A. Spielman and colleague Shang-hua Teng solved the mystery of the Simplex Method using a technique called smoothed analysis.

Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors
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Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors

An electronic bridge facilitates the fast transfer of energy between semiconductors.

Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?
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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?

A popular cosmological theory holds that the cosmos runs on quantum codes. So how hard could it be to tweak the supreme algorithm?

Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor
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Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor

The company grappled with missteps for years while developing a microprocessor code-named Sapphire Rapids. It comes out on Tuesday.

Designing with DNA
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Designing with DNA

An open-source software program developed by researchers at Duke and other universities lets users take drawings or digital models of rounded shapes and turn them...
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