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A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find
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A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. But how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe?

Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI
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Google's Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI

This summer, the Google X lab launched a balloon into the stratosphere over Peru, and it stayed there for 98 days.

Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern
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Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement, and Concern

Worries include how to coordinate research programs and resources from different countries.

We Have to Start Thinking About Cybersecurity in Space
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We Have to Start Thinking About Cybersecurity in Space

U.K.-based researchers are studying the cybersecurity of space-related technologies. 

University of Calgary Physicists Create Nano-Sized Device With Huge Potential in Field of Quantum Computing
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University of Calgary Physicists Create Nano-Sized Device With Huge Potential in Field of Quantum Computing

Researchers say they have made the first-ever nano-sized optical resonator, or optical cavity, from a single crystal of diamond that is also a mechanical resonator...

Brain to Robot: 'Move, Please'
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Brain to Robot: 'Move, Please'

Researchers in Switzerland are developing robots that can help paralyzed stroke victims regain the use of their arms and hands. 

Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll
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Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll

Biblical scholars in Israel used technology developed by University of Kentucky computer scientists to examine an ancient charred scroll virtually with a digital...

In a Lab in Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl
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In a Lab in Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl

Researchers at Poland's University of Warsaw have developed a robotic caterpillar that can move across a surface by itself when exposed to a specific shade of green...

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End
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The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End

Is. Isn't. Is. Isn’t. Is. Isn't.

Alan Turing's Homosexual Court Files Go on Display
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Alan Turing's Homosexual Court Files Go on Display

Turing's 1952 conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop work at GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park.

Tech Giants Team Up to Fix Typography's Biggest Problem
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Tech Giants Team Up to Fix Typography's Biggest Problem

Fonts have a serious image problem.

Battling Algorithmic Bias
From Communications of the ACM

Battling Algorithmic Bias

How do we ensure algorithms treat us fairly?

Bringing Holography to Light
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing Holography to Light

While 3D technologies that make headlines are not truly holographic, holographic techniques are furthering advances in important applications such as biomedical...

Optical Fibers Getting Full
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Optical Fibers Getting Full

Exploring ways to push more data through a fiber one-tenth the thickness of the average human hair.

NASA Scientists Find 'Impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again
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NASA Scientists Find 'Impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again

The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought—possibly...

Cheap Lidar: The Key to MakingSelf-Driving Cars Affordable
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Cheap Lidar: The Key to MakingSelf-Driving Cars Affordable

Chances are you've never seen a fully autonomous self-driving car out on the street.

73% of Coding Bootcamp Graduates Employed Full-Time, Earn Salary Lift
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73% of Coding Bootcamp Graduates Employed Full-Time, Earn Salary Lift

Coding bootcamps have surged in popularity because they are accelerated programs that attract technology-minded students looking to learn a range of skills.

How Quantum Computing Could Unpick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets
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How Quantum Computing Could Unpick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets

The advent of a universal quantum computer could herald the end of effective data encryption.

Nokia's Terabit Fiber Internet Breakthrough Points to Even Faster Internet Speeds
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Nokia's Terabit Fiber Internet Breakthrough Points to Even Faster Internet Speeds

Researchers have developed a data-tranmission technique that will have the capacity to provide speeds 1,000 times faster than Google Fiber.
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