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The AI Revolution Has Spawned a New Chips Arms Race
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The AI Revolution Has Spawned a New Chips Arms Race

For years, the semiconductor world seemed to have settled into a quiet balance: Intel vanquished virtually all of the RISC processors in the server world, save ...

Why a 40-Year-Old SCOT­S Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today
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Why a 40-Year-Old SCOT­S Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today

Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, the US Supreme Court came close to banning software patents.

Seafloor Fiber Optic Cables Can Work Like Seismometers
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Seafloor Fiber Optic Cables Can Work Like Seismometers

There are enough seismometers around these days to detect and locate nearly all earthquakes on land, except the most minuscule ones.

To Build the Best Bots, NASA Happily Looks to Others Here on Earth
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To Build the Best Bots, NASA Happily Looks to Others Here on Earth


Why Emergency Braking Systems Sometimes Hit Parked Cars and Lane Dividers
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Why Emergency Braking Systems Sometimes Hit Parked Cars and Lane Dividers

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday provided new details about a March crash in Mountain View, California, that claimed the life of engineer Walter...

Frozen Pluto Has Wind-Blown Dunes Made of Methane Sand
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Frozen Pluto Has Wind-Blown Dunes Made of Methane Sand

Part of the wonder of seeing new worlds is the radical difference from the planet you know.

NASA Asks Scientists How Its Lander Should Look for Life on Europa
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NASA Asks Scientists How Its Lander Should Look for Life on Europa

NASA is in various stages of planning two multi-billion dollar missions to Jupiter's intriguing, ice-covered moon of Europa.

Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—­ninstall Now
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Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—­ninstall Now

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."

Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer
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Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer

One of the near-term (but somewhat irrelevant) goals of quantum computing is something called quantum supremacy.

What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data
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What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond ­ser Data

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations regarding the exposure of profile data for millions of users, Facebook is now facing an investigation into its...

Five New Ancient Genomes Tell ­s About Neanderthal Tribes
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Five New Ancient Genomes Tell ­s About Neanderthal Tribes

Mezmaiskaya Cave offered shelter to Neanderthals for tens of thousands of years. The cave, located near Russia's border with Georgia, preserved Neanderthal remains...

Developers Love Trendy New Languages but Earn More with Functional Programming
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Developers Love Trendy New Languages but Earn More with Functional Programming

Developer Q&A site Stack Overflow performs an annual survey to find out more about the programmer community, and the latest set of results has just been published...

Why ­.S. 'Cyber-Warriors' Can't Do Anything About Russian 'Cyber-Meddling'
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Why ­.S. 'Cyber-Warriors' Can't Do Anything About Russian 'Cyber-Meddling'

In testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, National Security Agency Director and US Cyber Command Commander Admiral Michael Rogers told...

How Did Life Begin? It's Chemistry 101, but in Space
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How Did Life Begin? It's Chemistry 101, but in Space

How did life start? There may not be a bigger question.

AI Trained to Spot Heart Disease Risks ­sing Retina Scan
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AI Trained to Spot Heart Disease Risks ­sing Retina Scan

The idea behind using a neural network for image recognition is that you don't have to tell it what to look for in an image.

Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System
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Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System

When it comes to data storage, efforts to get faster access grab most of the attention. But long-term archiving of data is equally important, and it generally requires...

Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets
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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets

The search for extraterrestrial life is fairly synonymous with the search for life as we know it.

Vulnerable Industrial Controls Directly Connected to Internet? Why Not?
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Vulnerable Industrial Controls Directly Connected to Internet? Why Not?

Siemens issued an update to a year-old product vulnerability warning for its SIMATIC S7-300 and S7-400 families of programmable logic controllers (PLCs)—industrial...

Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer ­se Cases' For Bitcoin Payments
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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer ­se Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Stripe is one of the most popular ways for small online organizations to accept credit card payments. And in 2014 it became one of the first major payment processors...

The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged from the Freezer
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The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged from the Freezer

After spending three months at a temperature of just 20 degrees Celsius above absolute zero, the massive James Webb Space Telescope emerged from a large vacuum...
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