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Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever
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Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and custom-written code to generate the "most detailed" black hole simulation yet.

World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to U.S. in 2021
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to U.S. in 2021

In 2021, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will become home to a $600-million exascale machine that could become the world's fastest supercomputer.

Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow
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Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow

The first Avengers flick hit its dramatic peak when an alien army descended upon New York via a wormhole in the sky.

Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech
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Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech

Nvidia it is working with German standards body TÜV SÜD to develop a kind of driver's license for self-driving cars.

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption
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FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.

5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors
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5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors

The scene on the big display in front of me looks like something from Grey's Anatomy.

Flaws in 4G, 5G Allow Snooping on Calls, Pinpointing Device Location
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Flaws in 4G, 5G Allow Snooping on Calls, Pinpointing Device Location

An academic research team has found security flaws in the 4G and 5G cellular networks that can be exploited to spy on phone calls and localize mobile devices.

Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices
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Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices

Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance have announced that Android is now FIDO2-certified.

Huawei Founder Says US Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech
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Huawei Founder Says US Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei is downplaying the idea that there's danger in his company's taking a lead role as 5G networks become a widespread reality.

These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop
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These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop

International Computer Science Institute researchers estimated that about 17,000 Android apps collect identifying information.

The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species
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The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species

Charles Darwin had no idea what a gene was. If we dropped the father of evolution into 2019, the idea that humans can willfully alter the genes of an entire species...

Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together
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Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together

Chinese researchers have constructed a wireless brain-to-brain interface that enables a human to direct a rat through a maze.

Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All
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Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All

Out past Neptune, something weird is happening to the orbits of a bunch of space rocks circling the sun. Something, scientists believed, that could only be described...

B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat
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B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat

B-Secur's HeartKey technology allows users to unlock and start their cars via the unique beating pattern of their heart.

Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

Upgraded U.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List
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Upgraded U.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List

U.S. supercomputers are now ranked in first and second place on the latest Top500 list, due to upgrades.

Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List
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Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List

The US now can claim the top two machines on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, as Sierra, an IBM machine for nuclear weapons research at Lawrence Livermore...

Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback
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Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback

You could call it buyer's remorse. Five US states went all in on electronic voting machines, and four of those states are poised to get out.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
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With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Nvidia Updates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GPU
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Nvidia Updates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GPU

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon almost 50 years ago, but some conspiracy theorists don't believe that it actually happened.
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