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Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching Reruns
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Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching Reruns

It's "Groundhog Day" in the cosmos.

A Robot That Collapses Under Pressure (in a Good Way)
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A Robot That Collapses Under Pressure (in a Good Way)

If NASA plans to send robots to other planets, it's going to need some new designs: ones that are easy to land, easy to move around, and easy to fix.

Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge
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Robo-Rescuers Battle It Out in Disaster Challenge

When the humanoid robot SAFFiR gets a shove, it reflexively moves to maintain its balance. SAFFiR can also walk over uneven terrain, turn its head to scan its surroundings...

Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test for Machines
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Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test for Machines

John is in the playground. Bob is in the office. Where is John?

Demand for Linux Skills Growing Faster Than Talent Pool: Report
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Demand for Linux Skills Growing Faster Than Talent Pool: Report

There is still a shortage of qualified Linux professionals, according to the Linux Foundation's 2015 Linux Jobs report. 

New Technology Could Cut Costs of Night Vision, Thermal Imaging
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New Technology Could Cut Costs of Night Vision, Thermal Imaging

Researchers say they have developed semiconductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use. 

Black Phosphorus Is New 'Wonder Material' for Improving Optical Communication
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Black Phosphorus Is New 'Wonder Material' for Improving Optical Communication

Researchers have demonstrated high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits using a 20-atom-thick film of black phosphorus. 

Mozilla Tackles Parallel JavaScript
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Mozilla Tackles Parallel JavaScript

Mozilla wants to bring parallelism to JavaScript in an attempt to fully leverage hardware capabilities. 

Google, Stanford Use Machine Learning on 37.8M Data Points for Drug Discovery
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Google, Stanford Use Machine Learning on 37.8M Data Points for Drug Discovery

Researchers at Stanford University and Google have used machine-learning techniques to find effective drug treatments for a variety of diseases. 

Researchers Report Milestone in Developing Quantum Computer
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Researchers Report Milestone in Developing Quantum Computer

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Google reported on Wednesdayin the journal Nature that they had made a significant advance that...

Rosetta Catches Its Own Shadow
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Rosetta Catches Its Own Shadow

The highest resolution image yet taken of Comet 67P by the Rosetta satellite has just been released.

China Says Tech Firms Have Nothing to Fear from Anti-Terror Law
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China Says Tech Firms Have Nothing to Fear from Anti-Terror Law

China's proposed anti-terrorism law will not affect the legitimate interests of technology firms, a top Chinese spokeswoman said Wednesday after U.S. President ...

'FREAK' Flaw Undermines Security for Apple and Google Users, Researchers Discover
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'FREAK' Flaw Undermines Security for Apple and Google Users, Researchers Discover

Companies and government agencies are scrambling to correct a major security flaw revealed this week. 

New App Monitors Net Neutrality in Mobile Networks
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New App Monitors Net Neutrality in Mobile Networks

Northeastern University researchers have developed an app for detecting traffic differentiation in mobile networks. 

Why Computers Still Struggle to Tell the Time
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Why Computers Still Struggle to Tell the Time

Despite the extreme precision of most modern computer systems, software engineer George Neville-Neil says it remains difficult for them to accurately tell time. 

Panoramas for Your Tablet
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Panoramas for Your Tablet

Panoramic video could soon pop up on the screens of smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets. 

Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality
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Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality

Texas A&M University researchers have fused a computer onto the back of a live cockroach in order to control the insect. 

This Woman Flew an F-35 Simulator with Her Mind
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This Woman Flew an F-35 Simulator with Her Mind

Jan Scheuermann, a quadriplegic and pioneering patient for an experimental Pentagon robotics program, continues to break ground in freeing the mind from the body...

Testing to Diagnose Power Event in Mars Rover
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Testing to Diagnose Power Event in Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that...
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