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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...

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

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.

Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections
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Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections

The election interference that came to define the 2016 presidential race hasn't stopped.

Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers
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Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers

Deepfakes are a deep concern for Congress.

Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport
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Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport

Australia is a bloody long way from the rest of the world.

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives
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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.

Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe
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Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe

Researchers used quantum mechanics to develop a new method for generating random numbers to help shield sensitive information from eavesdropping.

Your Alexa and Fitbit Can Testify Against You in Court
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Your Alexa and Fitbit Can Testify Against You in Court

Ross Compton had no idea his pacemaker would finger him for arson.

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
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Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed
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How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed

Going viral used to be harmless.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM
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Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law two bills aimed at encouraging women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses
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Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses

Google is helping usher in a new way for companies to tout their brand names in the digital realm.

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web
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Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991--25 years ago today--the public gained access for the first...

This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold
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This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold

Timing is everything.

How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?
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How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

You know that part about the FBI needing Apple's help to unlock a terrorist's iPhone 5C?

Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking
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Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking

Apple shouldn't have to comply with a search order for an iPhone used by one the San Bernardino, California, terrorists because the Constitution forbids it, the...

Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game
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Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game

Levi's Stadium has been in beta since it opened a year and a half ago.

What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future
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What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future

Do androids dream of electric sheep? That's unclear, but I know for sure that every kid dreams of intelligent, thinking robots—certainly every kid who goes on to...
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