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The Ingredients Powering the DOD's New Nonlethal Weapons
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The Ingredients Powering the DOD's New Nonlethal Weapons

We may never know whether Cuba attacked American diplomats with microwave weapons—but we do know similar devices exist.

Why the Search for Aliens Could Unite Us Here on Earth
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Why the Search for Aliens Could Unite Us Here on Earth

If aliens are trying to talk to us (or even if they are not), Jill Tarter will be the one to find them.

The Human Cell Atlas Is Biologists' Latest Grand Project
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The Human Cell Atlas Is Biologists' Latest Grand Project

Aviv Regev speaks with the urgent velocity of someone who has seen the world with an extraordinary new acuity, and can't wait for you to hurry up and see it too...

Germany's Self-Driving Streetcar Puts Autonomous Tech on Track
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Germany's Self-Driving Streetcar Puts Autonomous Tech on Track

Of the many acronyms engineers spend their lives internalizing, few are more valuable than KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Constrain the problem, reduce the variables...

Why Animal Extinction Is Crippling Computer Science
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Why Animal Extinction Is Crippling Computer Science

The convergence of computer science and biology has the potential to yield new perspectives on fundamental biological problems.

The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101
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The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101

A growing number of classes and research initiatives on blockchain technology are emerging at universities. Applications for the technology are springing up in...

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers
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Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

Research from Melinda Gates in partnership with McKinsey & Company says that 32 large tech companies spend very little of their philanthropic dollars attempting...

AI Is the Future–But Where Are the Women?
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AI Is the Future–But Where Are the Women?

The numbers of men and women who had contributed work at three top machine learning conferences in 2017 suggest the group supposedly charting society's future is...

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?
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Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?

Chris Monroe's vision for quantum computers is simple: He wants people to use them.

Sorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on Mars
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Sorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on Mars

Listen, I get it. You want to go to Mars. I want to go to Mars. (Sort of.) And the plan—it's good.

Some Scientists Work With China, but NASA Won't
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Some Scientists Work With China, but NASA Won't

Inside a sealed clean room near Toulouse, France, Maurice Sylvestre points out something called SuperCam.

Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News
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Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

When we met in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend.

The Pentagon Is Building a Dream Team of Tech-Savvy Soldiers
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The Pentagon Is Building a Dream Team of Tech-Savvy Soldiers

Nicole Camarillo was touring the Army base at Fort Meade, Maryland, in early 2017 when a young captain—I'll call him Matt, due to the sensitivity of his position—crossed...

Researchers Gather for the International Workshop on Emoji Understanding
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Researchers Gather for the International Workshop on Emoji Understanding

A collection of linguists, data scientists, computer researchers, and emoji enthusiasts gathered at Stanford University this week for the International Workshop...

Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder
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Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder

Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.

Self-Driving Cars Likely Won't Steal Your Job (Until 2040)
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Self-Driving Cars Likely Won't Steal Your Job (Until 2040)

The self-driving robots are coming to transform your job. Kind of. Also, very slowly.

Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone
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Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone

Apple describes its mobile devices as designed in California and assembled in China.

Crime Fighting Gets High-Tech Advances
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Crime Fighting Gets High-Tech Advances

When criminals are plotting, so are vigilant police departments.

How One Apple Programmer Got Apps Talking to Each Other
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How One Apple Programmer Got Apps Talking to Each Other

Just six months after joining Apple, Sal Soghoian's job was already on the line.

The Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design
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The Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design

In 2011, the Dutch industrial giant Philips unveiled something it called the Microbial Home.
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