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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand
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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand

At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars.

Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?
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Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?

In the fall of 2013 a young software engineer named Charles Pratt arrived on Howard University's campus in Washington.

Larry Page, Google Founder, Is Still Innovator in Chief
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Larry Page, Google Founder, Is Still Innovator in Chief

Three years ago, Charles Chase, an engineer who manages Lockheed Martin's nuclear fusion program, was sitting on a white leather couch at Google's Solve for X conference...

British Voice Encryption Protocol Has Massive Weakness, Researcher Says
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British Voice Encryption Protocol Has Massive Weakness, Researcher Says

A researcher charges the protocol created by a U.K. governmental group to encrypt voice calls has a weakness built into it by design that could enable mass surveillance...

How an AI Algorithm Learned to Write Political Speeches
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How an AI Algorithm Learned to Write Political Speeches

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence machine that learned how to write political speeches that are very similar to real speeches. 

Japan Road Tests Self-Driving Cars to Keep Aging Motorists Mobile
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Japan Road Tests Self-Driving Cars to Keep Aging Motorists Mobile

Japan's automakers aim to meet the challenge of aging drivers with few transportation options by testing self-driving vehicles on roads. 

U.S. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers
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U.S. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to create a chip to implant in a soldier's brain to connect it directly to computers. 

This Smartphone Technology 3D Maps Your Meal and Counts Its Calories
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This Smartphone Technology 3D Maps Your Meal and Counts Its Calories

NutriRay3D is a new laser-mapping technology/smartphone app that lets users point a smartphone at food and get an accurate count of its total calories and nutrition...

Crispr Goes Commercial
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Crispr Goes Commercial

Within just three years since the discovery of its gene-editing potential, the new technique Crispr has become the hottest, and most controversial, development...

Here Come the Robots: Davos Bosses Brace for Big Technology Shocks
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Here Come the Robots: Davos Bosses Brace for Big Technology Shocks

Implantable mobile phones. 3D-printed organs for transplant. Clothes and reading-glasses connected to the Internet.

Football Coaches Are Turning to AI for Help Calling Plays
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Football Coaches Are Turning to AI for Help Calling Plays

In 1996, IBM'S Deep Blue became the first supercomputer to defeat a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a game.

Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?
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Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?

Nothing beats talking to another person face-to-face, but a group of researchers are considering whether a life-size projection of a person that appears to be sitting...

Message on a Bottle: A Personalized Information Technology
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Message on a Bottle: A Personalized Information Technology

A spirits company equips its bottles with customizable LED message bands.

Switchable Material Could Enable New Memory Chips
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Switchable Material Could Enable New Memory Chips

Researchers report they can control the phase and electrical properties of a thin-film material by applying a small voltage. 

Intelligent Electronics to Become Durable, Flexible and Functional Through New Technology
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Intelligent Electronics to Become Durable, Flexible and Functional Through New Technology

The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland developed the roll-to-roll overmolding manufacturing process now being used by the Printed Into Products 2 project. ...

Machine Learning Helps Discover the Most Luminous Supernova in History
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Helps Discover the Most Luminous Supernova in History

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers developed machine-learning technology that played a key role in the discovery of supernova ASASSN-15lh. 

German University Reports Severe Software Vulnerabilities Up in 2015
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German University Reports Severe Software Vulnerabilities Up in 2015

Fewer software security vulnerabilities were reported worldwide in 2015 than in 2014, but the number of published vulnerabilities with a high level of severity...

Why Biotech's Biggest Breakthrough Is Now In Dispute
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Why Biotech's Biggest Breakthrough Is Now In Dispute

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: A new gene-editing technology allows scientists to precisely locate and cut out bits of DNA from live cells in bacteria...

Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide
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Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide

A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human...

Evidence Grows for Giant Planet on Fringes of Solar System
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Evidence Grows for Giant Planet on Fringes of Solar System

A century after observatory founder Percival Lowell speculated that a 'Planet X' lurks at the fringes of the Solar System, astronomers say that they have the best...
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