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­nforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos
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­nforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos

"This is a really new birthplace of stars," Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, said of the new image, which shows a cluster...

Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game
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Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game

Which outfielders take the most efficient routes to a fly ball? Which pitcher's curveball has the highest spin rate? Which batter has the fastest speed to first...

On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower
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On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower

An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the...

Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data
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Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data

The bookshelves in Natasha Dow Schüll’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are punctuated here and there with kitchen timers: a windup orange plastic...

Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech
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Case Against Google May Be ­ndercut By Rapid Shifts in Tech

The antitrust case against Google filed by European Union regulators on Wednesday will inevitably draw comparisons to the long-running prosecution of Microsoft,...

If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?
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If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?

Armies of the finest minds in computer science have dedicated themselves to improving the odds of making a sale.

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's ­neasy Glare
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Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's ­neasy Glare

Before Betsy Chao, a senior here at Rutgers University, could take midterm exams in her online courses this semester, her instructors sent emails directing students...

Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man
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Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man

When technology executives imagine the boogeyman, they see a baby-face guy in wire-rim glasses. His name is Jay Edelson.

Planes Without Pilots
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Planes Without Pilots

Modern airplanes are highly automated, but some researchers say there is room to automate planes even further.

Planes Without Pilots
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Planes Without Pilots

Mounting evidence that the co-pilot crashed a Germanwings plane into a French mountain has prompted a global debate about how to better screen crewmembers for mental...

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley
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The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Shariq Hashme squints at his laptop screen as he scrolls through hundreds of lines of computer code.

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records
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The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records

Steven Keating's doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future.

Learning to See Data
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Learning to See Data

For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe...

The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials
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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Plastics. Computers. Metamaterials?

Rosetta Is Tailing a Warming Comet
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Rosetta Is Tailing a Warming Comet

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft caught up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last August, then dropped a lander onto the comet in November. Now...

Shrill? To N.c.a.a. Tournament Referees, It's Symphonic
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Shrill? To N.c.a.a. Tournament Referees, It's Symphonic

Susan Mueller, a flutist and the chairwoman of the Nevada-Las Vegas music department, examined the referee's whistle in her hand.

A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It's Secret
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A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It's Secret

A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials...

If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?
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If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?

Let me hazard a guess that you think a real person has written what you're reading. Maybe you're right. Maybe not.

To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea
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To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea

Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality, which promises to immerse people in 3-D games and video.

Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching Reruns
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Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching Reruns

It's "Groundhog Day" in the cosmos.
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