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Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last
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Einstein's Gravitational Waves Found at Last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time.

New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile
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New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile

An estimated 63 percent of the encryption products available today are developed outside US borders, according to a new report that takes a firm stance against...

Scientists' Robotically Driven System Could Reduce Cost of Discovering Drug and Target Interactions
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Scientists' Robotically Driven System Could Reduce Cost of Discovering Drug and Target Interactions

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say they have created the first robotically-driven experimentation system to determine the effects of drugs on many proteins...

Transistors Minus Semiconductors
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Transistors Minus Semiconductors

Michigan Technological University professor Yoke Khin Yap has developed a room-temperature approach to harnessing tunneling field-effect transistors. 

Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything
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Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization will build a "historical, current, and future digital representation of everything" in...

How Microsoft's Video Game Tech Could Help MS Patients
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How Microsoft's Video Game Tech Could Help MS Patients

Microsoft, working with Novartis and three multiple sclerosis clinics in Europe, has created a prototype intelligent-camera system to track the disease's progress...

The Chips Are Down for Moore's Law
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The Chips Are Down for Moore's Law

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore's law, the principle...

Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life
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Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life

Huddled in a coffee shop one drizzly Seattle morning six years ago, the astrobiologist Shawn Domagal-Goldman stared blankly at his laptop screen, paralyzed.

US Military: Robot Wars
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US Military: Robot Wars

When historians come to write about technological innovation in the first half of this century, they are likely to pay special attention to a US Navy drone called...

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity
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Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

A recent study found the adoption of social robots into people's lives is complicated by humans' tendency to view human-like robots as a threat to their identity...

Algorithm Developed to Predict Future Botnet Attacks
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Algorithm Developed to Predict Future Botnet Attacks

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel have developed an algorithm that can trace botnets back to their perpetrators. 

Spatial Technology Opens a Window Into History
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Spatial Technology Opens a Window Into History

The Strabo software developed at the University of Southern California reads scanned maps and automatically identifies historical locations. 

New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions
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New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions

FaceDirector software from Disney Research and the University of Surrey can blend images from multiple takes, making it possible to edit emotions on actors' faces...

Cockroach-Like Robots May Be the Future of Disaster Help
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Cockroach-Like Robots May Be the Future of Disaster Help

The Compressible Robot with Articulated Mechanisms is a mini-robot that can mimic the cockroach's remarkable strength and agility. 

Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach
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Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach

Every potential virtuoso needs a mentor. It just so happens that this one is a computer.

3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch
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3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch

Blind and partially sighted people often use tactile displays to interact with computers.

FBI Director Says Investigators Unable to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content
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FBI Director Says Investigators Unable to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers...

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot
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Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weeklyinterviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice).

Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers
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Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

A study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why...
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