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Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser
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Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser

As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity...

How the Government Can Read Your Email
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How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

Google Advances AI With 'One Model to Learn Them All'
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Google Advances AI With 'One Model to Learn Them All'

Google recently released an academic paper describing MultiModel, a template for how to create a single machine-learning model that is capable of addressing multiple...

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color
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MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color

Researchers at MIT are developing smart fabrics as part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AAFOA) alliance. At the grand opening of the Fabric Discovery...

Cybersecurity for Your Car
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Cybersecurity for Your Car

Ohio State University researchers are studying the security of wireless interfaces in vehicles, the use of which will only increase as autonomous vehicles come...

Toward Optical Quantum Computing
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Toward Optical Quantum Computing

Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce...

The Python Programming Language Grows in Popularity
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The Python Programming Language Grows in Popularity

Python is becoming increasingly popular as an enterprise production programming language.

Beyond the Five Senses
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Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
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NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series...

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
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The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions
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Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.

What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language
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What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language

The 1.9 iteration of Google's Go language is expected to enhance performance, compilation, and scaling to large code bases.

Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette
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Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette

Researchers are working to enable robots to learn human etiquette.

New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power
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New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power

A Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor has developed a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one.

X-Ray Eyes in the Sky
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X-Ray Eyes in the Sky

Researchers have demonstrated three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi signals.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

From Drinking Straws to Robots
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From Drinking Straws to Robots

Researchers at Harvard University have created a type of semi-soft robot that can stand and walk, and a different robotic water strider that can push itself along...

New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists
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New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists

Researchers at Stanford University have created a national database comprised of data on state patrol stops to uncover evidence of a double standard applied to...

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...
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