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Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope
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Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope

Since Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, telescopes have gotten larger, more accurate, and more powerful.

Humanoid Robots Can't Outsource Their Brains to the Cloud Due to Network Latency
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Humanoid Robots Can't Outsource Their Brains to the Cloud Due to Network Latency

Osaka University roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro explains why offloading a humanoid robot's intelligence to a data center or a cloud computer is impractical. 

On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes
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On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes

A new process uses carbon nanotubes to randomly wire part of a chip, which is then used to generate cryptographic information. 

On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes
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On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes are small and can be semiconducting, which makes lots of people excited about using them as a replacement for features etched in silicon.

Tiny, Blurry Pictures Find the Limits of Computer Image Recognition
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Tiny, Blurry Pictures Find the Limits of Computer Image Recognition

Computers have started to get really good at visual recognition.

Gene Editing Shows Promise in Treating Muscular Dystrophy
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Gene Editing Shows Promise in Treating Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of the most common fatal genetic diseases. It causes muscle degeneration and eventually death due to weakened heart and lung...

Ipv6 Celebrates Its 20th Birthday By Reaching 10 Percent Deployment
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Ipv6 Celebrates Its 20th Birthday By Reaching 10 Percent Deployment

Twenty years ago this month, RFC 1883 was published: Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification.

Two Atoms Make Quantum Memory, Processing Gate, and Test of Entanglement
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Two Atoms Make Quantum Memory, Processing Gate, and Test of Entanglement

Quantum systems are inherently fragile as any interactions with the outside world can change their state.

Attempt No Landing There? Yeah Right—We're Going to Europa
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Attempt No Landing There? Yeah Right—We're Going to Europa

It is a nightmare glacier, tormented by the giant of our Solar System ever looming on its horizon.

MIT ­ses Wireless Signals to Identify People Through Walls
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MIT ­ses Wireless Signals to Identify People Through Walls

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab is developing a device that uses wireless signals to identify human figures through walls.

How the Nsa Can Break Trillions of Encrypted Web and Vpn Connections
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How the Nsa Can Break Trillions of Encrypted Web and Vpn Connections

For years, privacy advocates have pushed developers of websites, virtual private network apps, and other cryptographic software to adopt the Diffie-Hellman cryptographic...

How the Nfl—not the Nsa—is Impacting Data Gathering Well Beyond the Gridiron
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How the Nfl—not the Nsa—is Impacting Data Gathering Well Beyond the Gridiron

As guards were going so far as to check inside NFL fans' wallets as part of routine security measures before a recent preseason game at Levi's Stadium, a different...

Reflective Satellites May Be the Future of High-End Encryption
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Reflective Satellites May Be the Future of High-End Encryption

Quantum key distribution is regularly touted as the encryption of the future. While the keys are exchanged on an insecure channel, the laws of physics provide a...

Robokiller Wins Ftc Prize By Annihilating Robocalls
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Robokiller Wins Ftc Prize By Annihilating Robocalls

A new technology called "RoboKiller" has won a $25,000 grand prize from the Federal Trade Commission in the agency's "Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back" contest...

Intel and Micron ­nveil 3d Xpoint, a Brand New Memory Technology
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Intel and Micron ­nveil 3d Xpoint, a Brand New Memory Technology

Intel and Micron have unveiled what appears to be the holy grail of memory.

Toss Your Manual Overboard; Augmented Reality Aims at Big Industry
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Toss Your Manual Overboard; Augmented Reality Aims at Big Industry

For better or for worse, augmented reality (AR) is charging forward in the consumer space—but there's a place for AR in the industrial world as well.

'epic' Fail—how Opm Hackers Tapped the Mother Lode of Espionage Data
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'epic' Fail—how Opm Hackers Tapped the Mother Lode of Espionage Data

Government officials have been vague in their testimony about the data breaches—there was apparently more than one—at the Office of Personnel Management.

Atomic Telescope Brings Atoms to Standstill
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Atomic Telescope Brings Atoms to Standstill

One of the abiding mysteries of physics is how to make the transition between quantum and classical objects.

Nasa Bids Farewell to Messenger, Its Mercury Orbiter
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Nasa Bids Farewell to Messenger, Its Mercury Orbiter

A bit over 3,900 days ago, NASA sent a probe on a meandering course through the inner Solar System.

Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'glassholes'
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Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'glassholes'

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that has been on the cusp of becoming the next big thing for over 20 years.
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