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American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data
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American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data

Silicon Valley's battle over encryption is heading to Europe.

Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart Upgrade
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Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart Upgrade

The Southern Ocean guards its secrets well. Strong winds and punishing waves have kept all except the hardiest sailors at bay.

Apple's Encryption Battle with United States Still Alive in Brooklyn
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Apple's Encryption Battle with United States Still Alive in Brooklyn

The U.S. Department of Justice will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple Inc to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn...

Did You Really Write That?
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Did You Really Write That?

Online software is helping to thwart plagiarism.

How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping by Letting Robots Learn for Themselves
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How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping by Letting Robots Learn for Themselves

Google Research is letting robots them learn for themselves how to grasp objects. 

New Study Finds We Still Perceive Women to Be Incompatible With STEM
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New Study Finds We Still Perceive Women to Be Incompatible With STEM

A new study shows despite progress, women are still thought to lack the qualities needed to be successful scientists. 

Tackling Tuberculosis Using Crowd-Sourced Supercomputer
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Tackling Tuberculosis Using Crowd-Sourced Supercomputer

A new study to address tuberculosis utilizes IBM's World Community Grid, one of the most powerful and fastest virtual supercomputers in the world. 

Apple Likely Can't Force FBI to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized iPhone
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Apple Likely Can't Force FBI to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized iPhone

The US government isn't saying whether it will divulge to Apple the method it used to access the locked iPhone seized by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit
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U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit

The Justice Department said Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to compel...

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape
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Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing...

Cassini Spies Titan's Tallest Peaks
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Cassini Spies Titan's Tallest Peaks

In a nod to extraterrestrial mountaineers of the future, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have identified the highest point on Saturn's largest moon...

Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma
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Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma

Ken Yeh is the director of technology at Ontario Christian Schools, a private K-12 school near Los Angeles with about 100 children per grade.

Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors
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Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors

Researchers have developed an infrared depth-sensing system, built from a smartphone with a $10 laser attached to it, that works indoors and outdoors. 

Breakthrough Technology to Improve Cybersecurity
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Breakthrough Technology to Improve Cybersecurity

A collaborative project has yielded a major breakthrough in generating single photons as carriers of quantum information in security systems. 

New Open Source Software for High Resolution Microscopy
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New Open Source Software for High Resolution Microscopy

Bielefeld University researchers have developed a new open source software solution that can process raw data quickly and efficiently. 

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future
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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement—not so much to professional...

Male Computer Programmers Shown to Be Right Up There With Chefs, Dentists on Gender Pay Gap Scale
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Male Computer Programmers Shown to Be Right Up There With Chefs, Dentists on Gender Pay Gap Scale

Male computer programmers' salaries are far higher than those of their female peers, according to a new Glassdoor report. 

It's Your Fault Microsoft's Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk
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It's Your Fault Microsoft's Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk

Microsoft unveiled a new online chatbot on Twitter but took it offline the same day because Twitter users coaxed it into regurgitating offensive language.

Meet the Largest Science Project in US Government History—the James Webb Telescope
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Meet the Largest Science Project in US Government History—the James Webb Telescope

Since Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, telescopes have gotten larger, more accurate, and more powerful.

Intel Accepts That Moore’s Law Is Finally Dead, Drops Its ‘Tick-Tock’ Model Of Chip Making
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Intel Accepts That Moore’s Law Is Finally Dead, Drops Its ‘Tick-Tock’ Model Of Chip Making

Many experts have called 2016 the year when Moore’s Law dies.
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