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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study
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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

Here's a love story at the smallest scales imaginable: particles of light.

Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them
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Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them

Just over a billion years ago, many millions of galaxies from here, a pair of black holes collided.

How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary
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How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary

Google's ability to look into the future of political contests just notched another win: New Hampshire.

Artificial Intelligence Offers a Better Way to Diagnose Malaria
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Artificial Intelligence Offers a Better Way to Diagnose Malaria

Autoscope is a new automated microscope equipped with artificial intelligence that is 90% accurate and specific at detecting malaria parasites. 

12 Questions for Vint Cerf
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12 Questions for Vint Cerf

In an interview, Google vice president and past ACM president Vint Cerf discusses the Internet's transformation over the years. 

Study Finds That Anti-Crypto Laws Won't Work on an International Stage
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Study Finds That Anti-Crypto Laws Won't Work on an International Stage

A recent study concluded local regulations to restrict encryption technology would have no effect, considering the technology's international nature.

Stanford Engineers' 'Law, Order & Algorithms' Data Project Aims to Identify Bias in the Criminal Justice System
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Stanford Engineers' 'Law, Order & Algorithms' Data Project Aims to Identify Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Stanford University researchers have launched the Project on Law, Order, & Algorithms, a database of 100 million traffic stops from across the U.S. 

GPS Tracking Down to the Centimeter
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GPS Tracking Down to the Centimeter

University of California, Riverside researchers say they have developed a more computationally efficient way to process data from global positioning systems. 

Our Hidden Neandertal DNA May Increase Risk of Allergies, Depression
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Our Hidden Neandertal DNA May Increase Risk of Allergies, Depression

Depressed? Your inner Neandertal may be to blame.

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...
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