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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED
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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?
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Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.

Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?
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Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?

Michigan State University researchers have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made using an inkjet printer.

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time
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The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
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CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
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NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the...

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface
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Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

The new glassy-carbon electrodes developed by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering have the potential to restore movement in people with spinal cord injuries...

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head
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Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits...

A Computer to Rival the Brain
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A Computer to Rival the Brain

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production.

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life
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Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial...

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning
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Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

Examining each transistor in a microprocessor using techniques for analyzing how the human brain works did not yield anticipated understanding.

IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster
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IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
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NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
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What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...

NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply
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NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water...

Dual-Function Nanorod LEDs Could Make Multifunctional Displays
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Dual-Function Nanorod LEDs Could Make Multifunctional Displays

New light-emitting diode arrays can both emit and detect light.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.
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