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Yearning For New Physics at Cern, in a Post-Higgs Way
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Yearning For New Physics at Cern, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

­.s. Cyberweapons, ­sed Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against Isis
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­.s. Cyberweapons, ­sed Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against Isis

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare ...

Robot Cars Can't Count on ­S in an Emergency
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Robot Cars Can't Count on ­S in an Emergency

Many automotive technologists are skeptical that autonomous cars will be able to trust humans in emergency situations.

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
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The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away
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Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.

Is China Outsmarting America in A.i.?
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Is China Outsmarting America in A.i.?

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence...

What Self-Driving Cars See
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What Self-Driving Cars See

Giant tech companies are fighting over the technology in court. Start-ups around the world are racing to develop new versions of it. And engineers say it is essential...

China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack
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China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack

China is home to the world's largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination...

A Robot Revolution, This Time in China
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A Robot Revolution, This Time in China

Even a decade ago, car manufacturing in China was still a fairly low-tech, labor-intensive endeavor.

The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-Size Worlds From Colliding
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The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-Size Worlds From Colliding

In February, astronomers announced the discovery of a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets, and at least some of the planets seemed to be in a zone that could...

Nasa Challenges Coders to Speed ­p Its Supercomputer
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Nasa Challenges Coders to Speed ­p Its Supercomputer

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a challenge to programmers to boost the performance of its Pleiades supercomputer.

How to Prepare For an Automated Future
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How to Prepare For an Automated Future

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to ...

Sent to Prison By a Software Program's Secret Algorithms
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Sent to Prison By a Software Program's Secret Algorithms

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction...

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)
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Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone's job—perhaps your own?

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
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50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
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How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
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That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation
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A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation

The ocellated lizard—known as the jeweled lacerta in the pet trade—is born rusty brown with white polka dots.
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