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When Computers Collude
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When Computers Collude

If you shop online, there's a good chance the price you pay for stuff is determined by a computer algorithm.

The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas
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The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotels are experimenting with robots and other automation.

The Science Behind the World Cup Ball
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The Science Behind the World Cup Ball

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.

Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready
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Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

Nothing conveys the excitement of space exploration like pictures from another planet. Now NASA is planning to go one better than pictures.

Can Computers Learn Like Humans?
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Can Computers Learn Like Humans?

The world of artificial intelligence has exploded in recent years. Computers armed with AI do everything from drive cars to pick movies you'll probably like.

Like Magic: The Tech That Goes Into Making Money Harder to Fake
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Like Magic: The Tech That Goes Into Making Money Harder to Fake

In 2005, shortly after earning a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering, Sam Cape was looking for work online when he came across a cryptic help...

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.

Astronomers Are on a Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine
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Astronomers Are on a Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine

Astronomers think they've discovered a new planet in our solar system.

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...

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.

New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous
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New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

A powerful new technique for changing genes in insects, animals and plants holds great promise, according to a report from an influential panel of scientists released...

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...

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.

History-Making Philae Lander Faces 'eternal Hibernation' on Comet
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History-Making Philae Lander Faces 'eternal Hibernation' on Comet

Exactly 15 months after it completed a seemingly impossible journey to land on the surface of a comet, the Philae lander now faces "eternal hibernation," as officials...

Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together
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Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

This week, NASA is set to reach a milestone on one of its most ambitious projects. If all goes to plan, workers will finish assembling the huge mirror of the ...

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...
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