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How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth
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How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented...

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality
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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University...

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
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The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language
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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

OpenAI's Igor Mordatch is investigating new ways for machines to converse with each other.

Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data
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Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data

Software programmers, librarians, and others are archiving scientific data from government websites.

Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
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Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.

Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker
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Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down...

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles
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How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules...

Beta Boom
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Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars...

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language
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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.

Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer
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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next...

Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits
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Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic...

Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.

In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)
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In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)

Some issues that arise from the use of algorithms may be due to the data they are fed, rather than their black-box nature.  

What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?
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What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?

You've heard the hype: The quantum computer revolution is coming. Physicists say these devices will be fast enough to break every encryption method banks use today...

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.

The Quest to Crystallize Time
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The Quest to Crystallize Time

Christopher Monroe spends his life poking at atoms with light.
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