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Could the 'Alzheimer's Gene' Finally Become a Drug Target?
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Could the 'Alzheimer's Gene' Finally Become a Drug Target?

Among hundreds of genes that might nudge your risk of Alzheimer's up or down, Apolipoprotein E (APOE) has the strongest effect.

Exploring a Different Kind of Team Sport
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Exploring a Different Kind of Team Sport

Imagine that you wanted to get teens excited about a competitive, extracurricular team.

What We Know about the Climate Change-Hurricane Connection
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What We Know about the Climate Change-Hurricane Connection

With Texas just beginning to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the Southeastern U.S. preparing for Hurricane Irma's iminent arrival, people...

Floating Treasure: Space Law Needs to Catch Up with Asteroid Mining
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Floating Treasure: Space Law Needs to Catch Up with Asteroid Mining

The Outer Space Treaty (OST) turns 50 in October. The foundational 1967 pact establishes space as "the province of all mankind" and forbids the nearly 100 states...

Robots, Start Your Engines!
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Robots, Start Your Engines!

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom
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Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom

Although computer use during class may create the illusion of enhanced engagement with course content, it more often reflects engagement with social media, YouTube...

Quantum Computers Compete for 'Supremacy'
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Quantum Computers Compete for 'Supremacy'

Scientists have long dreamed of developing quantum computers, machines that rely on arcane laws of physics to perform tasks far beyond the capability of today's...

New Simpler Parkinson's Tests Probe Walking, Talking, Typing
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New Simpler Parkinson's Tests Probe Walking, Talking, Typing

People with Parkinson's disease may show hints of motor difficulty years before an official diagnosis, but current methods for catching early symptoms require clinic...

20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
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20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

HPE Debuts Its Next-Gen Computer--Sans Much-Anticipated Memristors
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HPE Debuts Its Next-Gen Computer--Sans Much-Anticipated Memristors

Three years ago HPE (formerly Hewlett–Packard) laid out its vision for a radical redesign of the computer that would deliver hitherto unimaginable performance in...

World's First 'Cybathlon' Pits High-Tech Prosthetics against One Another
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World's First 'Cybathlon' Pits High-Tech Prosthetics against One Another

Bob Radocy finished screwing a light bulb into a lamp perched on the desk ... and the crowd went wild.

Highlights from the 2016 World Maker Faire
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Highlights from the 2016 World Maker Faire

The chill in the air last weekend was a reminder that fall has arrived in New York City.

Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers
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Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

To do science, scientists need money—and usually a lot of it because specialized equipment and tools don’t come cheap.

When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook
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When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook

Facebook is well known for its early and increasing use of artificial intelligence.

How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime
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How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime

Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, "their victims rave about the customer service".

Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft
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Software Error Doomed Japanese Hitomi Spacecraft

Japan's flagship astronomical satellite Hitomi, which launched successfully on February 17 but tumbled out of control five weeks later, may have been doomed by...

Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists
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Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists

To stop a terrorist, it helps to think like one.

The U.S. Government Launches a $100-Million 'Apollo Project of the Brain'
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The U.S. Government Launches a $100-Million 'Apollo Project of the Brain'

Three decades ago, the U.S. government launched the Human Genome Project, a 13-year endeavor to sequence and map all the genes of the human species.

GPS and the World's First 'Space War'
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GPS and the World's First 'Space War'

Twenty-five years ago U.S.-led Coalition forces launched the world’s first "space war" when they drove Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.
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