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How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue
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How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

What vehicle is most strongly associated with Republican voting districts? Extended-cab pickup trucks. For Democratic districts? Sedans.

How an AI 'cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos
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How an AI 'cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos

A new artificial intelligence system analyzes thousands of celebrity photos, infers common patterns, and generates new images that are similar.

Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins For Your Body
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Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins For Your Body

Our bodies make roughly 20,000 different kinds of proteins, from the collagen in our skin to the hemoglobin in our blood. Some take the shape of molecular sheets...

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine
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The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

From inside the control room carved into the rock more than half a mile underground, Mika Persson can see the robots on the march, supposedly coming for his job...

Finalists in Nasa's Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser
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Finalists in Nasa's Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser

Would you like NASA to fly a drone across Saturn's largest moon, or to send a probe to collect samples from a duck-shaped comet?

Why Doesn't the N.f.l. ­se Tracking Technology For First-Down Calls?
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Why Doesn't the N.f.l. ­se Tracking Technology For First-Down Calls?

It was a scene almost designed to show the folly of the N.F.L.'s first-down measurement system.

Scientists 'inject' Information Into Monkeys' Brains
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Scientists 'inject' Information Into Monkeys' Brains

When you drive toward an intersection, the sight of the light turning red will (or should) make you step on the brake. This action happens thanks to a chain of...

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?
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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first...

China's A.i. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security
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China's A.i. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

During President Trump's visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference.

As Silicon Valley Gets 'crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors
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As Silicon Valley Gets 'crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape...

Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.

Building A.i. That can Build A.i.
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Building A.i. That can Build A.i.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media
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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories.

Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad
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Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether federal prosecutors can force technology companies to turn over data stored outside the United States. 

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.
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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them.

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World For ­.s. Secrets
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How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World For ­.s. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around...

How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science
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How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do.

Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors
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Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors

Late one night in September, Victor Cruz, a geophysicist at Mexico's National Autonomous University, submitted an article to a scientific journal describing progress...

­Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin
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­Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.

New Gravitational Wave Detection From Colliding Black Holes
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New Gravitational Wave Detection From Colliding Black Holes

In another step forward for the rapidly expanding universe of invisible astronomy, scientists said on Wednesday that on Aug. 14 they had recorded the space-time...
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