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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.

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...

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.

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.

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

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

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...

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?
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Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert...

Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update
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Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

Most of us think little of hopping on Google Maps to look at everything from a bird's-eye view of an entire continent to an on-the-ground view of a specific street...

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right
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Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right

Researchers at the University of Turin and Yahoo! have developed software that can identify the expression of sarcasm on social media and the Web.

Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain
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Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain

When a single neuron fires, it is an isolated chemical blip. When many fire together, they form a thought.

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion
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Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion

Patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury can face a grim and grueling recovery process—one in which regaining function is far from a sure thing. But a new study...

Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable For Billions of Years
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Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable For Billions of Years

Venus is—without a doubt—Earth's toxic sibling.

Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies
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Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields are developing at a rapid pace and may lead...

How Juno Will Peer Deep Below Jupiter's Roiling Clouds
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How Juno Will Peer Deep Below Jupiter's Roiling Clouds

When ground controllers begin powering up the Juno spacecraft's science instruments on July 6, one of their most important goals will be to get the microwave radiometer...

Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode
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Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode

Several technology companies are investigating DNA data storage.
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