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Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft
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Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft

Japan's flagship astronomical satellite Hitomi, which launched successfully on 17 February but tumbled out of control five weeks later, may have been doomed by...

As US Drops 'Cyber Bombs,' ISIS Retools Its Own Cyber Army
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As US Drops 'Cyber Bombs,' ISIS Retools Its Own Cyber Army

The Islamic State has been deft in its use of the Internet as a communications tool.

NIST Kicks Off Effort to Defend Encrypted Data From Quantum Computer Threat
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NIST Kicks Off Effort to Defend Encrypted Data From Quantum Computer Threat

A new report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology focuses on how to protect encrypted data from quantum decryption via a long-term plan. 

Aerial 'Fire Drone' Passes Homestead Test
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Aerial 'Fire Drone' Passes Homestead Test

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have designed an aerial drone to ignite prescribed fires in grasslands and forests.

Security Breach in Israeli-Made Waze Lets Hackers Stalk Users
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Security Breach in Israeli-Made Waze Lets Hackers Stalk Users

University of California, Santa Barbara professor Ben Zhao and colleagues have demonstrated a way to breach the popular Waze road navigation application. 

BU Researchers Investigate World's Oldest Human Footprints With Software Designed to Decode Crime Scenes
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BU Researchers Investigate World's Oldest Human Footprints With Software Designed to Decode Crime Scenes

Bournemouth University researchers have developed a software technique to uncover "lost" tracks at the world's oldest human footprint site in Laetoli, Tanzania. 

Digital Genies
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Digital Genies

University of California, Berkeley professor Stuart Russell emphasizes the need to ensure artificial intelligence understands fundamental human values. 

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution for the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers
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This Top Scientist Offers a Solution for the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation.

The Critical Hole at the Heart of Our Cell Phone Networks
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The Critical Hole at the Heart of Our Cell Phone Networks

In February 2014, the US ambassador to Ukraine suffered an embarrassing leak.

Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan
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Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan

Of the hundreds of moons in our solar system, Titan is the only one with a dense atmosphere and large liquid reservoirs on its surface, making it in some ways more...

How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'Spoke' Once Again
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How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'Spoke' Once Again

Around six years have now passed since Waltraut Faehnrich last opened and closed her eyes without assistance.

Boosting Software Security for a Connected World
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Boosting Software Security for a Connected World

European researchers working on the DIAMONDS project have developed a software security testing paradigm.

Does Learning Improve When Every Student Gets a Laptop?
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Does Learning Improve When Every Student Gets a Laptop?

Researchers have found "one-to-one" laptop programs that take a comprehensive approach were linked to higher test scores in English, math, science, and writing. 

Software Helps Decrypt Embryonic Development
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Software Helps Decrypt Embryonic Development

Researchers have devised mathematical strategies and software for the systematic analysis of realistic pattern-forming networks involving more than two molecules...

#AreYouHappy?
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#AreYouHappy?

Researchers from the University of Iowa have turned to social media to measure happiness. 

The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom
From ACM News

The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom

The web is Doomed.

AI Talent Grab Sparks Excitement and Concern
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AI Talent Grab Sparks Excitement and Concern

When Andrew Ng joined Google from Stanford University in 2011, he was among a trickle of artificial-intelligence (AI) experts in academia taking up roles in industry...

This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America
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This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America

In Canton, Ohio, one of the most common complaints that police chief Bruce Lawver hears is about gunfire. Shots fired. That unnerving pop of a firearm being discharged...

Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk
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Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk

Imagine you want to measure the size of a room, but it's completely dark. If you shout, you can tell if the space you're in is relatively big or small, depending...
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