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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds
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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

Erin Hawley grew up immersed in video games, progressing from Pong on the Atari 2600 to Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis to Tomb Raider on the Sony PlayStation...

­.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets
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­.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran's missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials...

Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI

An artificial intelligence designed by Google's DeepMind unit recently won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction competition.

Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence

You can think of it as a World Cup of biochemical research.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover
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'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA's Opportunity rover began its 15th year on Mars this week, although the intrepid robotic explorer may already be dead.

How Do You Govern Machines That Can Learn? Policymakers Are Trying to Figure That Out
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How Do You Govern Machines That Can Learn? Policymakers Are Trying to Figure That Out

Expert discussions on artificial intelligence took place last week in support potentially arrive at consensual recommendations for AI policy by the summer.

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Small farms are starting to upgrade to high-tech operations.

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

About 150 Jersey cows in the rolling terrain at Rivendale Farms in Bulger, some 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, wear Fitbit-like collars that monitor their movement...

Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA's TESS Keeps Counting More
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Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA's TESS Keeps Counting More

NASA's new planet-hunting machine, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is racking up scores of alien worlds.

NASA’s New Horizons Mission Releases Snowman-like Picture of ­ltima Thule
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NASA’s New Horizons Mission Releases Snowman-like Picture of ­ltima Thule

Ultima Thule, an icy world 4 billion miles from the sun, looks like a big snowman.

One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine
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One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

In early December, researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google's parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from the frontiers...

All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons
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All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

In one of those exercises that you think should be impossible or perhaps a punishment for some infraction, a team of astronomers has now measured the total amount...

The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.
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The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

The world's leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful...

NASA’s Mars InSight Mission Lands on Red Planet's Surface
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NASA’s Mars InSight Mission Lands on Red Planet's Surface

The InSight lander, NASA's latest foray to the red planet, has landed.

How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions
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How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions

Some of the most critical work in advancing China's technology goals takes place in a former cement factory in the middle of the country's heartland, far from the...

Where Will Science Take ­s? To the Stars
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Where Will Science Take ­s? To the Stars

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky.

The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI
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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster...

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

­.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections
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­.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections

The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling...
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