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Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries
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Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent...

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom
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How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.

A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-Fbi, Where Are We on Encryption?
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A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-Fbi, Where Are We on Encryption?

The debate over encryption and government access to secured communications dates decades back.

The Rise of the Drone, and the Thorny Questions that Have Followed
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The Rise of the Drone, and the Thorny Questions that Have Followed

Today in the skies over New Mexico, Air Force students are practicing for the kill.

Robot-Like Machines Helped People with Spinal Injuries Regain Function
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Robot-Like Machines Helped People with Spinal Injuries Regain Function

Researchers in Brazil who are trying to help people with spine injuries gain mobility have made a surprising discovery: Injured people doing brain training while...

In Wake of Shootings, Facebook Struggles to Define Hate Speech
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In Wake of Shootings, Facebook Struggles to Define Hate Speech

In the wake of last week's shootings, Facebook has seen a significant spike in flagged content, with users calling out each other's posts as racist, violent and...

A Computer Binge-Watched Tv and Learned to Predict What Happens Next
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A Computer Binge-Watched Tv and Learned to Predict What Happens Next

You watch hundreds of hours of television, they call you a lazy slob. A computer does it, and it's a technological success story.

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips
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After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

For several decades now, Georgia Tech professor Tom Conte has been studying how to improve computers: "How do we make them faster and more efficient next time around...

Not Just Bitcoin: Why the Blockchain Is a Seductive Technology to Many Industries
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Not Just Bitcoin: Why the Blockchain Is a Seductive Technology to Many Industries

If you've ever run a business, whether it's an ice cream shop or a Fortune 500 company, then you've probably kept a ledger.

Rules For Cyberwarfare Still ­nclear, Even as ­.s. Engages In It
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Rules For Cyberwarfare Still ­nclear, Even as ­.s. Engages In It

When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Iraq for a surprise visit this week, he came armed with this news: More than 200 additional U.S. troops are headed...

Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away
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Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today.

At Supreme Court, Debate Over Phone Privacy Has A Long History
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At Supreme Court, Debate Over Phone Privacy Has A Long History

Underlying the debate over Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook is the idea that cellphones hold the most...

Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones
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Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones

Clear Channel Outdoor—one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S.—is starting a new program called Radar that will use billboards to map real-world...

In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding
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In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding

The Justice Department wants Apple to write special software to help it break into the iPhone used by one the San Bernardino terrorists.

Should Self-Driving Cars Have Drivers Ready to Take Over?
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Should Self-Driving Cars Have Drivers Ready to Take Over?

The day when you'll be chauffeured to work by your car may not be far off.

Machines, Lost in Translation: The Dream of ­Universal ­Understanding
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Machines, Lost in Translation: The Dream of ­Universal ­Understanding

It was early 1954 when computer scientists, for the first time, publicly revealed a machine that could translate between human languages. It became known as the...

What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?
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What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?

After the recent attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif., social media platforms are under pressure from politicians to do more to take down messages and...

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs from Deep Inside the Body
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A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs from Deep Inside the Body

After testing all the pieces of a tiny pill-size device, Albert Swiston sent it on a unique journey: through the guts of six live Yorkshire pigs.

It's Not Just Vw: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles
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It's Not Just Vw: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles

Lawmakers want to know more about Volkswagen's massive cheat—how the automaker used software to crank up the power on a vehicle, and then hide the fact.

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies
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Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Wearing a green Dartmouth College jersey, the newest player on the school's football team readies for action during a preseason practice.
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