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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."

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...

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...

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...

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...

Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?
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Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?

Joseph Coughlin has been director of the MIT AgeLab ever since he founded it in 1999. In his new book, The Longevity Economy, he contends that old age—much like...

Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It
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Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It

The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, with particularly...

Stealth Turns 40: Looking Back at the First Flight of Have Blue
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Stealth Turns 40: Looking Back at the First Flight of Have Blue

On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada.

'malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, Crowdstrike Finds
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'malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, Crowdstrike Finds

Despite the rise of massive crypto-ransomware attacks, an even more troubling trend emerged in data gathered by the security firm CrowdStrike this past year and...

Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms
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Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms

On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean...

Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion
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Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.

Inspired By Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI ­tterly Wrecks Captcha Security
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Inspired By Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI ­tterly Wrecks Captcha Security

Computer algorithms have gotten much better at recognizing patterns, like specific animals or people's faces, allowing software to automatically categorize large...

Higgs Boson ­ncovered By Quantum Algorithm on D-Wave Machine
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Higgs Boson ­ncovered By Quantum Algorithm on D-Wave Machine

Machine learning has returned with a vengeance. I still remember the dark days of the late '80s and '90s, when it was pretty clear that the current generation of...

Is Beaming Down In star Trek a Death Sentence?
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Is Beaming Down In star Trek a Death Sentence?

In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. "Beam us up, beam us up!" Kirk shouted in desperation...
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