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Gps Doesn't Work ­nderwater
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Gps Doesn't Work ­nderwater

To prepare for the possibility that it will one day deploy swarms of uncrewed drone submarines, the U.S. Navy is developing a system that will allow the global...

How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot
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How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot

The allure of building superior poker-playing computer programs is the chance to tackle the challenge of dealing with missing information. 

How Do Americans Weigh Privacy Versus National Security?
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How Do Americans Weigh Privacy Versus National Security?

Three years ago, Edward Snowden leaked troves of previously classified information that laid bare the American government's widespread surveillance of its citizens...

A Search Engine For Your Memories
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A Search Engine For Your Memories

People are always forgetting names. That's because, at least in part, names are arbitrary. A name, in and of itself, doesn't offer much context.

Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?
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Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?

The computer mouse, when it first went mainstream, was awkward to describe but easy to use.

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers
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The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

The race to bring driverless cars to the masses is only just beginning, but already it is a fight for the ages.

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks
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Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks

There are people who stand every morning outside the Carroll Street station in Brooklyn staring dead-eyed into the middle distance.

Engineering Humans For War
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Engineering Humans For War

Retired four-star general Paul F. Gorman recalls first learning about the "weakling of the battlefield" from reading S.L.A. Marshall, the U.S. Army combat historian...

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks
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Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new algorithmic analysis technique can identify the disjointed patterns of speech considered a hallmark of schizophrenia.

The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos
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The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos

For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space.

The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams
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The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams

One of the first electronic, programmable computers in the world is remembered today mostly by its nickname: Colossus.

Beware the Listening Machines
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Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.

The ­nderwater Internet
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The ­nderwater Internet

In 1962, during a period of technological and political transition in the undersea-cable industry, the Keawaula cable station was built on Oahu’s west shore for...

Hacking the Brain
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Hacking the Brain

The perfectibility of the human mind is a theme that has captured our imagination for centuries—the notion that, with the right tools, the right approach, the right...

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here
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Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway.

The Wearable Device That Could ­nlock a New Human Sense
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The Wearable Device That Could ­nlock a New Human Sense

In March, the neuroscientist David Eagleman stood on stage to give a TED talk on sensory substitution, the idea of replacing the duties of one sense by using another...

Robot vs. Robot
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Robot vs. Robot

Beautiful mathematical patterns are hidden in the chaos of Jackson Pollock’s famous drip paintings.

Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like
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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like

It was the smell that hit me first, a heady mixture of roasting meat, woodsmoke, and farmyard manure.

Watching the Universe in Real Time
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Watching the Universe in Real Time

Even though the sky looks about the same every night to those of us here on Earth, cataclysmic things happen in outer space constantly.

The Attention Machine
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The Attention Machine

Human attention isn't stable, ever, and it costs us: lives lost when drivers space out, billions of dollars wasted on inefficient work, and mental disorders that...
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