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First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit
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First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient...

New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves
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New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives
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How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Every city has at least one dangerous intersection where cars, trucks, and buses jostle for space with pedestrians and bicyclists, often resulting in injury, and...

Curiosity May Be Vital For Truly Smart AI
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Curiosity May Be Vital For Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help...

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion
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An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

What looks like a tiny mechanical ostrich chasing after a car is actually a significant leap forward for robot-kind.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

This Paralyzed Man Is ­sing a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm For the First Time in Years
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This Paralyzed Man Is ­sing a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm For the First Time in Years

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a...

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
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The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

Chemists Are First in Line For Quantum Computing's Benefits
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Chemists Are First in Line For Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic...

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head
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Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits...

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical
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This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical

In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet.

Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall
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Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall

The U.K.'s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is based at a restricted military base in Porton Down, not far from the ancient monument of Stonehenge in southwest...

New Camera Can See Around Corners
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New Camera Can See Around Corners

In the last few years, single-pixel cameras have begun to revolutionize the field of imaging.

Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 
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Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 

For a few lucky patients, 2016 was the year when gene therapy turned from promises to cures.

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
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Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene to mitigate...

World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled
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World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled

Alexander Tait and colleagues at Princeton University say they have built the world's first integrated silicon photonic neuromorphic chip, a development that could...

China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines
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China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines

China is gearing up to overhaul its road delivery with fleets of self-driving long-haul trucks.

World's First Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled
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World's First Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled

Neural networks are taking the world of computing by storm.

Can Crispr Save Ben Dupree?
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Can Crispr Save Ben Dupree?

At 24, Benjamin Dupree has outlived many people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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