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NASA's NuSTAR Telescope Discovers Shockingly Bright Dead Star
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NASA's NuSTAR Telescope Discovers Shockingly Bright Dead Star

Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar—a dense stellar remnant left over from...

The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait
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The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait

The writers and editors at the Weather Channel's weather.com don’t often talk about the weather.

Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot
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Large Hadron Collider: The Big Reboot

Mike Lamont grabs the last croissant from a table and eats it as he walks through the control centre at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics just...

Why Astronauts Get the 'Space Stupids'
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Why Astronauts Get the 'Space Stupids'

As he was hurtling into orbit, Cosmonaut Gherman Titov had the distinct feeling that his body was cartwheeling through the air.

Tech Companies Hope to Introduce Coding to 100 Million Students
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Tech Companies Hope to Introduce Coding to 100 Million Students

The CEOs of two dozen major tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, will announce their support on Wednesday for a project by nonprofit Code.org that seeks...

The Ethics of Hacking 101
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The Ethics of Hacking 101

Some of the U.S.'s most prestigious cybersecurity university programs make a point of teaching their students offensive skills, but in doing so also must address...

A Peek Inside the Internet's Favorite File-Sharing Network
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A Peek Inside the Internet's Favorite File-Sharing Network

A new study takes a deep look at the behavior of users of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file-sharing network. Researchers were able to track what sorts of media...

Women Talk Tech and Science at MIT Panel
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Women Talk Tech and Science at MIT Panel

MIT recently hosted a panel on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, providing an opportunity for women to discuss their experiences...

One in Three Jobs Will Be Taken by Software or Robots by 2025
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One in Three Jobs Will Be Taken by Software or Robots by 2025

By 2025, software, robots, or other "smart machines" will have replaced as many as one in three existing jobs, Gartner predicts.

Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize in Physics
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Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize in Physics

You've probably got the fruits of this year’s Nobel laureates' handiwork in your pocket. In fact, if you're reading this on your phone or a relatively recent flat...

Striking View of Saturn's Polar 'Hexagon'
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Striking View of Saturn's Polar 'Hexagon'

Nature is often more complex and wonderful than it first appears. For example, although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north...

Real Holodeck Turns Your Living Room Into a Game
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Real Holodeck Turns Your Living Room Into a Game

Good news, Star Trek fans: Microsoft has created a prototype Holodeck that transforms an entire room into a virtual gaming environment.

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?
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Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?

"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.

Town Built for Driverless Cars
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Town Built for Driverless Cars

A mocked-up set of busy streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide the sternest test yet for self-driving cars.

Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is running two new IBM supercomputers, each 213 teraflops, that enable researchers to increase the resolution...

3-D Gaming Gear Gives Biologists an Eye-Opening Look at Cells in Action
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3-D Gaming Gear Gives Biologists an Eye-Opening Look at Cells in Action

Drexel University researchers are developing software and hardware that will enable scientists to better track and study cell movement and multiplication.

Stanford Computer Scientist Selected to Join Ambitious Moore Foundation Program
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Stanford Computer Scientist Selected to Join Ambitious Moore Foundation Program

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has named Stanford University professor Christopher Re a Moore Investigator as part of the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative...

Online Crowd Can Guess What You Want to Watch or Buy
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Online Crowd Can Guess What You Want to Watch or Buy

Crowds of online workers can be used to guess human preferences where there is little data to work with, according to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's...

New Web Privacy System Could Revolutionize the Safety of Surfing
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New Web Privacy System Could Revolutionize the Safety of Surfing

Researchers at University College London, Google, Stanford University, Chalmers, and Mozilla Research say they have developed an open source system that protects...

Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking
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Protesters in Hong Kong Must Weigh the Promise and Risks of Mesh Networking

In the heart of Hong Kong, where the largest pro-Democracy protest to challenge Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square gathering has been brewing, some protesters...
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