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Weapons Directed By Robots, Not Humans, Raise Ethical Questions
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Weapons Directed By Robots, Not Humans, Raise Ethical Questions

On a bright fall day last year off the coast of Southern California, an Air Force B-1 bomber launched an experimental missile that may herald the future of warfare...

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain
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Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

Research on the brain is surging.

Philae Lander Nears a Cosmic Touchdown
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Philae Lander Nears a Cosmic Touchdown

In its 10-year chase of a comet, the European Space Agency’s ambitious Rosetta mission has pushed the edges of engineering ingenuity.

A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate
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A Super-Simple Way to ­nderstand the Net Neutrality Debate

It's one of the most important policy disputes that will determine the future of the Internet, and now President Obama has formally weighed in in favor of so-called ...

Directing Planes, By Remote Control
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Directing Planes, By Remote Control

On a clear day, Per Granquist cannot see forever. But from his perch inside the airport control tower here, he does have an unobstructed view of the future.

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its ­sers Consume Journalism
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How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its ­sers Consume Journalism

Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.

Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots For Ebola
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Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots For Ebola

Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed...

Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions
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Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.

To Siri, With Love
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To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.

Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car
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Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car

The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old's asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an...

How to Make a Black Hole
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How to Make a Black Hole

On July 2, 1967, a network of satellites designed to detect tests of nuclear weapons recorded a flash of gamma rays coming from the wrong direction—outer space.

How Jean Tirole's Work Helps Explain the Internet Economy
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How Jean Tirole's Work Helps Explain the Internet Economy

For anyone who has wondered how it’s possible to get so much stuff from web companies free or at too-good-to-be-true prices—whether Google searching, Facebook socializing...

Technology Takes the Wheel
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Technology Takes the Wheel

Google's driverless car may still be a work in progress, but the potential for semiautonomous vehicles on American roads is no longer the stuff of science fiction...

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality
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Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality

Virtual reality is virtually here—although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency...

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise
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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act...

Airlines Take the Bump Out of Turbulence
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Airlines Take the Bump Out of Turbulence

Just a few years ago, airlines got their weather reports by telex.

Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95
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Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95

Andrew Kay, designer of the Kaypro II, died Aug. 28 in Vista, CA. He was 95.

E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests
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E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests

A bewitching creature—half woman, half deer—battles a shaman and a sentient tree.

Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy
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Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy

In factories and warehouses, robots routinely outdo humans in strength and precision.

How Social Media Silences Debate
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How Social Media Silences Debate

The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers, in episodes as momentous as the Arab Spring or as trivial as the Ice Bucket Challenge. But overall...
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