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Scientists Develop a System That Predicts the Behavior of Tsunamis in Less than 10 Minutes
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Scientists Develop a System That Predicts the Behavior of Tsunamis in Less than 10 Minutes

Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain say they have developed a simulator that needs only 10 minutes to predict the behavior of tsunamis generated by...

Why We Should Not Know Our Own Passwords
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Why We Should Not Know Our Own Passwords

There is active research transpiring in the area of unknowable password development.

It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show
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It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

A security loophole that would allow someone to add extra steps to the counter on your Fitbit monitor might seem harmless. But researchers say it points to the...

Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Help Probe Mysteries of Evolution
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Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Help Probe Mysteries of Evolution

Evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould once pondered what would happen if the cassette "tape of life" were rewound and played again.

Vint Cerf: It's On All of Us to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News
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Vint Cerf: It's On All of Us to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News

The father of the internet says social pressure -- people collectively saying, "This is wrong" -- is crucial to battling misinformation and harassment.

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It
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Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.

Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media
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Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media

Social media can be used to warn people about floods, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events before they transpire by focusing on photos and keywords posted...

Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees
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Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees

St. Mary's College researchers trained a quantum computer to recognize trees, a breakthrough they say could help scientists use other quantum systems for complicated...

Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career
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Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career

Although girls currently comprise about 50% of the enrollment in U.S. high school science and math classes, they still lag their male counterparts in college and...

Researchers Create 'Time Crystals' Envisioned by Princeton Scientists
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Researchers Create 'Time Crystals' Envisioned by Princeton Scientists

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Maryland have generated time crystals based on the theoretical work of Princeton University scientists. ...

The Quest to Crystallize Time
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The Quest to Crystallize Time

Christopher Monroe spends his life poking at atoms with light.

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan
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Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of...

Sharing the Fares
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Sharing the Fares

The potential for urban ride-sharing is similar for a variety of cities all over the world.

Brainlike Computers Are a Black Box. Scientists Are Finally Peering Inside
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Brainlike Computers Are a Black Box. Scientists Are Finally Peering Inside

Researchers say they have developed a method for examining neural networks as they operate and visualizing how they reach conclusions.

CODeLLA Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding
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CODeLLA Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding

The Miami, FL-based CODeLLA project was launched in 2013 to encourage Latina girls ages 8-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Counting Microbes on a Smartphone
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Counting Microbes on a Smartphone

Researchers have developed a smartphone app which they say provides a cost-effective and accurate alternative to the traditionally labor-intensive task of counting...

Artificial Intelligence and Robots to Make Offshore Wind Farms Safer and Cheaper
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Artificial Intelligence and Robots to Make Offshore Wind Farms Safer and Cheaper

A consortium in the U.K. is investigating artificial intelligence and other technologies to enhance offshore wind farms.

Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.
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Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.

A 2015 Arkansas murder case that had raised privacy questions surrounding "always-on" electronic home devices took a step forward last week after Amazon agreed...

New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft
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New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.

Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With DNA
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Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With DNA

Researchers have developed a tiny robotic system that is programmed and controlled by DNA and moves like a living cell.
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