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Don't Fear Falling Into a Black Hole–You May Live On as a Hologram
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Don't Fear Falling Into a Black Hole–You May Live On as a Hologram

In the movie Interstellar, the main character Cooper escapes from a black hole in time to see his daughter Murph in her final days.

China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'Controllable'
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China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'Controllable'

China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security...

The Future of Car Keys? Smartphone Apps, Maybe
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The Future of Car Keys? Smartphone Apps, Maybe

It' not fun getting into a car when the interior is 130 degrees, but that's a typical problem during the summer for those who live in a city like Phoenix, where...

Collaboratively Exploring Virtual Worlds
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Collaboratively Exploring Virtual Worlds

The Pentagon's Office of Force Readiness and Training, Lockheed Martin, and the National Science Foundation are creating a platform for immersive training. 

How Computers Are Learning to Make Human Software Work More Efficiently
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How Computers Are Learning to Make Human Software Work More Efficiently

In genetic improvement, an automated "programmer" is written to manipulate the source code of a piece of software via trial and error, to boost its efficiency.

Georgia Tech Researchers Train Computer to Create Games by Watching YouTube
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Georgia Tech Researchers Train Computer to Create Games by Watching YouTube

Researchers have developed a computing system that views video game play on streaming services, analyzes the footage, and then creates new sections of a game. 

Will AI Drive the Human Race Off a Cliff?
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Will AI Drive the Human Race Off a Cliff?

A recent panel discussion focused on the need to develop policies to prevent artificial intelligence from evolving to the point where it threatens humanity's existence...

Computer Comedian Suggests Pics to Make Your Online Chat Funnier
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Computer Comedian Suggests Pics to Make Your Online Chat Funnier

New software can bring a sense of humor to online chat. 

What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things
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What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things

President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to "give...

NASA Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second
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NASA Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added.

Computers Read the Fossil Record
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Computers Read the Fossil Record

For a field whose raison d'être is to chronicle the deep past, palaeontology is remarkably forward-looking when it comes to organizing its data.

The Computer Chip That Never Forgets
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The Computer Chip That Never Forgets

In 1945, mathematician John von Neumann wrote down a very simple recipe for a computer.

Making a Better Semiconductor
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Making a Better Semiconductor

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a method for changing the electronic properties of materials that could lead to new, improved semiconductors...

ASU Professor Develops Artificial Intelligence Tools for Environmental Research
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ASU Professor Develops Artificial Intelligence Tools for Environmental Research

Artificial intelligence tools developed by researchers at Arizona State University could tell scientists and environmental planners everything they want to know...

Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics
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Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics

University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a new way to control the transport of electrical currents through high-temperature superconductors...

IU Researchers Participate in LinkedIn Project to Tackle Economic, Employment Challenges
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IU Researchers Participate in LinkedIn Project to Tackle Economic, Employment Challenges

The LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge invites researchers, academics, and others to propose strategies for using LinkedIn data to address major economic problems...

MIT’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data
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MIT’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data

The cryptography behind bitcoin solved a paradoxical problem: a currency with no regulator, that nonetheless can't be counterfeited.

Warrantless Phone Tapping, Email Spying Inching to Supreme Court Review
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Warrantless Phone Tapping, Email Spying Inching to Supreme Court Review

In 2013, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a once-clandestine warrantless surveillance program that gobbles up Americans' electronic communications—a project...

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer
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Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is being trained to find personalized cancer treatments. 
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