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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.

Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information
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Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information

In a vast, dark room, the lights glow a steady green, blue, yellow. I'm not inside the Matrix, but it's not far off.

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.

Scientists Create a Clock So Accurate It Won't Lose Time for 40 Million Years 
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Scientists Create a Clock So Accurate It Won't Lose Time for 40 Million Years 

The Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator is one of the most precise clocks ever invented—and it's not just keeping time, it's keeping Australia safe.

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.

Color X-Ray Scanner ­ses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards
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Color X-Ray Scanner ­ses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards

The familiar black-and-white X-ray could soon be replaced with detailed 3D color scans that show everything from fat and bone to metal and soft tissue.

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.

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

Celestial 'Snow' Flies in Wondrous Rosetta Comet GIF
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Celestial 'Snow' Flies in Wondrous Rosetta Comet GIF

You'll never stand on the surface of a comet, but here's how it might look and feel.

AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone
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AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone

You've likely seen artificial intelligence technology spread into apps, devices and services, doing things like recognizing your friends' faces in photos and endowing...

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

Using the bizarre rules of quantum physics, US government researchers have developed a new way to generate random numbers that play a key role in protecting sensitive...

Building Better Maps for the Disability Community
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Building Better Maps for the Disability Community

Occupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career thinking about accessibility. So for her 30th birthday last year, she...

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.

Enigma: Up Close with a Nazi Cipher Machine
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Enigma: Up Close with a Nazi Cipher Machine

A black metal mechanical device resembling a typewriter sits in a wooden box.

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 Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too
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How Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too

What if you could grow vegetables in half the time? What if a surgeon could see cancerous cells throughout an entire operation? What if solar panels could become...

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science
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How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science

Ten years ago, a chunk of animated cheese in Pixar's "Ratatouille" captured the imagination of cell biologist Janet Iwasa. So much so that it changed the way she...

Tractor Beam Breakthrough Could Lead to Levitating Humans
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Tractor Beam Breakthrough Could Lead to Levitating Humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects.

Slac Knows How the ­niverse Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs
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Slac Knows How the ­niverse Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

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.
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