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

Researchers have decoded the genomes of mammoths and a 700,000-year-old horse using DNA fragments extracted from fossils in the past few years. DNA clearly persists...

How Nasa's Next Big Telescope Could Take Pictures of Another Earth
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How Nasa's Next Big Telescope Could Take Pictures of Another Earth

Can NASA's next big space telescope take a picture of an alien Earth-like planet orbiting another star?

Mysterious Gravitational Tug on Orbiter May Help Find Planet Nine
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Mysterious Gravitational Tug on Orbiter May Help Find Planet Nine

The hunt is on to find "Planet Nine"—a large undiscovered world, perhaps 10 times as massive as Earth and four times its size—that scientists think could be lurking...

Driverless Cars Must Have Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals, Feds Say
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Driverless Cars Must Have Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals, Feds Say

Driverless cars should have a fairly easy time getting the green light to operate on U.S. roadways, as long as they look and act like the vehicles people have been...

Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists
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Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists

To stop a terrorist, it helps to think like one.

The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'
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The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'

A new $100-million project will reverse-engineer a section of the brain in order to improve machine-learning and artificial-intelligence algorithms. 

The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'
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The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'

Three decades ago, the U.S. government launched the Human Genome Project, a 13-year endeavor to sequence and map all the genes of the human species.

Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special After All
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Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special After All

More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system...

Gps and the World's First 'space War'
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Gps and the World's First 'space War'

Twenty-five years ago U.S.-led Coalition forces launched the world’s first "space war" when they drove Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.

Robotic Comet Lander Philae Says Good-Bye
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Robotic Comet Lander Philae Says Good-Bye

On a dark stretch of the chilly Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko the lander Philae has begun a lonely and silent vigil.

'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists
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'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists

"Today we sense we are close to be being able to alter human heredity," Nobel Laureate and California Institute of Technology virologist David Baltimore said December...

The Most Important Number in Climate Change
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The Most Important Number in Climate Change

The furious majesty of a thunderstorm defies computer simulation.

Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky
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Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky

NASA scientists announced today the best evidence yet that Mars, once thought dry, sterile and dead, may yet have life in it: Liquid water still flows on at least...

Robotic Limbs Get a Sense of Touch
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Robotic Limbs Get a Sense of Touch

Advanced prosthetics have for the past few years begun tapping into brain signals to provide amputees with impressive new levels of control.

­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading
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­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading

I grew up in a tiny New York City apartment, packed in alongside our four cats and my father's immense personal library of some 3000 books.

5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities
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5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities

Mobile devices have become incredibly popular for their ability to weave modern conveniences such as Internet access and social networking into the fabric of daily...

See-and-Tell AI Machine Can Describe Objects It Observes
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See-and-Tell AI Machine Can Describe Objects It Observes

Young children can look at whatever is in front of them, and describe what they see—but for artificial intelligence systems, that's a daunting task.

Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?
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Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?

Every decade or so since the first cellular networks appeared the companies that make mobile devices and the networks linking them have worked out new requirements...

Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed
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Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed

Earlier this week, the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander finally woke up after a seven-month snooze.

New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics
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New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics

Bacteria that make us sick are bad enough, but many of them also continually evolve in ways that help them develop resistance to common antibiotic drugs, making...
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