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China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications
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China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications

China launched the world's first quantum communications satellite from the Gobi Desert early Tuesday, a major step in the country’s bid to be at the forefront of...

Envisioning Bitcoin's Technology at the Heart of Global Finance
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Envisioning Bitcoin's Technology at the Heart of Global Finance

A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts that the underlying technology introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin will come to occupy a central place...

How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s
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How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s

From the sofa in his living room, Clinton Creason can see the electric pole outside that his father staked 70 years ago to bring power to this remote area of hilly...

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things
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Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light...

They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.
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They Promised ­S Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.

Project Foghorn is one of those straight-from-science-fiction concepts we've come to expect from Alphabet, the sprawling conglomerate formerly known as Google.

How Mountains Obscured By Venus's Clouds Reveal Themselves
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How Mountains Obscured By Venus's Clouds Reveal Themselves

Colossal clouds cloak the surface of Venus, making it difficult for researchers to probe its secrets.

What We've Learned About Pluto
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What We've Learned About Pluto

In the year since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, the dwarf planet has maintained its icy heart.

Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal
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Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal

European officials approved a new agreement on Tuesday that will allow some of the world’s largest companies, including Google and General Electric, to move digital...

Makers of Self-Driving Cars Ask What to Do With Human Nature
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Makers of Self-Driving Cars Ask What to Do With Human Nature

Even before Tesla revealed that a fatal accident had occurred while one of its cars was in semiautonomous driving mode, a debate was well underway between researchers...

How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin's Civil War
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How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin's Civil War

A delegation of American executives flew to Beijing in April for a secret meeting just blocks from Tiananmen Square.

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.
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Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.

The banking password may be about to expire—forever.

China Tops List of Fastest Computers Again
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China Tops List of Fastest Computers Again

For the seventh straight time, China has dominated the Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers.

Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks
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Fighting Isis With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks

After Orlando and San Bernardino and Paris, there is new urgency to understand the signs that can precede acts of terrorism.

Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury
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Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury

High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband...

A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'dark Ages' of the Internet
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A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'dark Ages' of the Internet

A sense of menace stirs right off the elevator on the fifth floor of Kaspersky Lab's Moscow headquarters, where a small television screen displays cyberthreatsa...

For Driverless Cars, City-Like Test Sites Offer the ­npredictable
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For Driverless Cars, City-Like Test Sites Offer the ­npredictable

Automakers are turning to city-like test sites as they race to create the perfect self-driving car. 

Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive
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Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive

Your smartphone allows you to get almost instantaneous answers to the most obscure questions. It also allows you to waste hours scrolling through Facebook or looking...

5 Things That Give Self-Driving Cars Headaches
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5 Things That Give Self-Driving Cars Headaches

Fully automated cars don’t drink and drive, fall asleep at the wheel, text, talk on the phone or put on makeup while driving.

Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules
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Researchers ­ncover a Flaw in Europe's Tough Privacy Rules

Europe likes to think it leads the world in protecting people’s privacy, and that is particularly true for the region’s so-called right to be forgotten.

A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa
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A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa

Sidy Ndao aims to advance science, technology, engineering, and math skills in West Africa by organizing events such as the Pan-African Robotics Competition. 
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