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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...

Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like
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Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like

The Pentagon has made clear in recent weeks that cyber warfare is no longer just a futuristic threat—it is now a real one.

The Billion-Dollar Race to Reinvent the Computer Chip
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The Billion-Dollar Race to Reinvent the Computer Chip

Chipmakers are spending billions of dollars to develop new computing architectures as the ability to build more transistors into a chip approaches its physical...

Future 'top Guns' Will Be Battle Managers Flying Bigger, Slower Aircraft
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Future 'top Guns' Will Be Battle Managers Flying Bigger, Slower Aircraft

At the dawn of aerial combat 100 years ago, World War I flying aces frequently closed to within 15 meters before firing at enemy aircraft with their machine guns...

Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time
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Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time

Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.

Computing After Moore's Law
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Computing After Moore's Law

The technologies chip makers hope can keep Moore's Law alive.

Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole
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Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole

Each of the telescopes that the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) are currently working to bring into their black-hole-observing, planet-size array...

Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions
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Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions

In February 2009 the U.S.'s Iridium 33 satellite collided with the Russian Cosmos 2251, instantly destroying both communications satellites.

Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet
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Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet

In November 2012 a 28-year-old woman plunged 15 meters from a bedroom window to the pavement in New York City, a devastating fall that left her body broken but...

Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data
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Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data

Details about where and when you use your credit card could help reveal your identity to data thieves—even if they don't know your name, address and other personal...

Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology
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Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology

Last summer, researchers demonstrated that non-invasive imaging combined with a staining technique enables the fast comparison and study of earthworm species and...

A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing
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A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing

In 2010 two physicists at Manchester University in the U.K. shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on a new wonder material: graphene, a flat sheet of carbon...

A Spectacular Spiral May Encircle the Milky Way
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A Spectacular Spiral May Encircle the Milky Way

Mapping a galaxy isn't easy when you live inside it.

Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World
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Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World

Movie audiences who went to theaters this fall to see The Theory of Everything got a glimpse of the challenges physicist Stephen Hawking has overcome to deliver...

What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?
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What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?

Jan Scheuermann is not your average experimental subject.

Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid
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Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid

NASA has long wanted to send a mission to Mars to grab some of its surface and sling it back to Earth.

Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'
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Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne...
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