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How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 
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How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars!

LHC Physicists Unveil a Charming New Particle
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LHC Physicists Unveil a Charming New Particle

Physicists using the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, have discovered a new kind of heavy particle, they announced...

Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future
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Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future

The idea of building a computer that uses light rather than electricity goes back more than half a century.

World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks
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World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

Thousands of scientists worldwide tap into CERN's computer networks each day in their quest to better understand the fundamental structure of the universe.

20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
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20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

The Search for Life on Mars Is about to Get Weird
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The Search for Life on Mars Is about to Get Weird

Since the dawn of the space age NASA and other agencies have spent billions of dollars to reconnoiter Mars—assailing it with spacecraft flybys, photo-snapping orbiters...

When Autonomous Machines Can Do More Than Just Vacuum
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When Autonomous Machines Can Do More Than Just Vacuum

Rapidly aging populations will drive growth in home-based robotics, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Rodney Brooks.

The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics
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The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics

The Pentagon has known for years that a significant number of the replacement parts it buys for its missile guidance and satellite systems contain substandard counterfeit...

Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25
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Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25

People's ability to behave randomly reaches its zenith at age 25, and then gradually erodes before experiencing a swift decline at age 60.

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles
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How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules...

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Paul Johnson's research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is applying artificial intelligence to earthquake prediction, using machine-learning algorithms,...

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life
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Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial...

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible
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Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed
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150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed

Interstellar travel, a timeworn staple of science fiction, can already be science fact if one has cash to spare

How to Learn Morse Code—Semiconsciously
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How to Learn Morse Code—Semiconsciously

Learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort—and attention—than one might think.

New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices
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New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security...
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