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­.s. Intelligence Seeks a ­niversal Translator For Text Search in Any Language
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­.s. Intelligence Seeks a ­niversal Translator For Text Search in Any Language

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's Machine Translation for English Retrieval of Information in Any Language program aims to give researchers...

US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator For Text Search in Any Language
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US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator For Text Search in Any Language

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the US Intelligence Community’s own science and technology research arm, has announced it is seeking...

Back to the Future: Silicon May Work For Quantum Computing
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Back to the Future: Silicon May Work For Quantum Computing

Although I write a lot about quantum computing, I've not really paid much attention to performing quantum computations with silicon-based qubits. Luckily Stephanie...

Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course
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Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course


Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine
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Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine


Dod Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones
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Dod Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones

The Department of Defense has released video of a test of swarming drones conducted in the skies over the US Navy's test range at Naval Air Weapons Station China...

Nasa Chooses Two Asteroid Missions Instead of a Venus Return
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Nasa Chooses Two Asteroid Missions Instead of a Venus Return

For the planetary science community, the day when NASA makes the final call on new Solar System exploration missions always feels bittersweet.

Grids of Defects Make Diamonds Practical For Quantum Computing
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Grids of Defects Make Diamonds Practical For Quantum Computing

One of the more exciting things happening in physics at the moment is the development of quantum computers that may actually be able to do something useful. 

Did the Russians 'hack' the Election? A Look at the Established Facts
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Did the Russians 'hack' the Election? A Look at the Established Facts

President-elect Donald Trump continues to discount or attempt to discredit reports that the intelligence community has linked the hacking of the DNC, the Hillary...

The Army's Looking Into Putting Bacteria Into Its Electronics
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The Army's Looking Into Putting Bacteria Into Its Electronics

If you're not familiar with the terms "synthetic biology" or "biohybrid systems," you may want to add them to your vocabulary.

Google Deepmind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI By Playing Starcraft 2
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Google Deepmind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI By Playing Starcraft 2

The announcement at BlizzCon 2016 that met with the most muted response was arguably the most revolutionary.

Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account Is ­nder Attack
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Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account Is ­nder Attack

A flurry of social media reports suggests a major hacking campaign has been uncovered.

Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future
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Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future

Japan plans to build the world's fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country's manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop...

Internet-Based and Open Source: How E-Voting Works Around the Globe
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Internet-Based and Open Source: How E-Voting Works Around the Globe

Although electronic voting in various forms has become more prevalent outside the U.S., its primary difficulties include its inability to verify source code and...

Thanks For the Memory: How Cheap Ram Changes Computing
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Thanks For the Memory: How Cheap Ram Changes Computing

RAM (random access memory) is a component of every computer system, from tiny embedded controllers to enterprise servers.

Google Teaches 'ais' to Invent Their Own Crypto and Avoid Eavesdropping
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Google Teaches 'ais' to Invent Their Own Crypto and Avoid Eavesdropping

Google Brain researchers say they have developed artificial intelligence technology that can form encryptions and communicate securely.

Google Teaches 'ais' to Invent Their Own Crypto and Avoid Eavesdropping
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Google Teaches 'ais' to Invent Their Own Crypto and Avoid Eavesdropping

Google Brain has created two artificial intelligences that evolved their own cryptographic algorithm to protect their messages from a third AI, which was trying...

The Perpetual Lineup: Half of ­S Adults in a Face-Recognition Database
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The Perpetual Lineup: Half of ­S Adults in a Face-Recognition Database

Half of American adults are in a face-recognition database, according to a Georgetown University study released Tuesday.

Humanity's War on Latency: Semaphore to Silicon Photonics and Beyond
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Humanity's War on Latency: Semaphore to Silicon Photonics and Beyond

For most of humanity's existence, communication has been incredibly slow.

Minding the Gap, Blind
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Minding the Gap, Blind

Most commuters keep their eyes down in the morning while traipsing through the gleaming corridors of London’s Euston Underground station.
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