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Navy Looking at Teaching Robots How to Behave
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Navy Looking at Teaching Robots How to Behave

The U.S. Navy is funding projects to train autonomous systems to not harm humans.

Let the Structural Symphony Begin
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Let the Structural Symphony Begin

Like other structural biologists, Eva Nogales works in extraordinary times.

US Ready to 'Hand Over' the Internet's Naming System
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US Ready to 'Hand Over' the Internet's Naming System

The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet's naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's...

New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons
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New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons

The human brain is among the universe’s greatest remaining uncharted territories. And as with any mysterious land, the secret to understanding it begins with a...

Data on Taxi Routes and Points of Interest May Improve Crime Predictions
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Data on Taxi Routes and Points of Interest May Improve Crime Predictions

Researchers say knowing where taxis travel and how people label points of interest on social media could aid analysts and police in understanding neighborhood crime...

Now You Can Play Angry Birds Using a Touch-Sensitive Second Skin
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Now You Can Play Angry Birds Using a Touch-Sensitive Second Skin

Researchers have developed a transparent, stretchable, wearable touchpad that enables users to control apps and games.

Nowhere to Hide: UC San Diego Researchers Devise New Method for Detecting Hardware Trojans
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Nowhere to Hide: UC San Diego Researchers Devise New Method for Detecting Hardware Trojans

A new technique for detecting Trojans hidden in a device's hardware has been developed by University of California, San Diego computer scientists.

Energy Department to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials
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Energy Department to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials for a wide range of fields.

Augmented Reality Not Just for Gaming
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Augmented Reality Not Just for Gaming

Beyond entertainment, applications for augmented and virtual reality are being developed for business.

The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the NSA Hoards Zero-Days
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The Shadow Brokers Mess Is What Happens When the NSA Hoards Zero-Days

When the NSA discovers a new method of hacking into a piece of software or hardware, it faces a dilemma.

World Should Consider Limits to Future Internet Expansion to Control Energy Consumption
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World Should Consider Limits to Future Internet Expansion to Control Energy Consumption

Researchers at Lancaster University think the world should consider ways to limit data growth on the Internet in order to prevent runaway energy consumption.

CRISPR's Hopeful Monsters: Gene-Editing Storms Evo-Devo Labs
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CRISPR's Hopeful Monsters: Gene-Editing Storms Evo-Devo Labs

Most summers since 1893, young developmental and evolutionary biologists have flocked to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to master the tricks of their trade.

Astronomers Are on a Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine
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Astronomers Are on a Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine

Astronomers think they've discovered a new planet in our solar system.

New Computer Program Replicates Handwriting
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New Computer Program Replicates Handwriting

Researchers at University College London have developed software that can analyze and mimic a person's handwriting.

U.S. Says Transfer of Internet Governance Will Go Ahead on Oct. 1
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U.S. Says Transfer of Internet Governance Will Go Ahead on Oct. 1

The U.S. will move forward with its plan to transfer governance of the Internet domain name system to a multi-stakeholder entity on Oct. 1.

Powerful NSA Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online
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Powerful NSA Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online

The online exposure of some of the most powerful hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency could threaten the agency's operations and security...

Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms
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Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms

Several labs from European and Israeli universities have together built a robot 0ctopus.

China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications
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China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications

China launched the world's first quantum communications satellite from the Gobi Desert early Tuesday, a major step in the country’s bid to be at the forefront of...

This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit
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This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit

Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?

Spiking Genomic Databases with Misinformation Could Protect Patient privacy
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Spiking Genomic Databases with Misinformation Could Protect Patient privacy

Large genomic databases are indispensable for scientists looking for genetic variations associated with diseases. But they come with privacy risks for people who...
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