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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes
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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building...

Chips Off the Old block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues from Human Brains
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Chips Off the Old block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues from Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini
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Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

For 13 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent back captivating observations of Saturn, and its rings and moons, solving some mysteries but raising plenty of new...

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles
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As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own
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In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election
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The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice.

The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera
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The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

Why a 24-Year-Old chipmaker Is One Of tech's Hot Prospects
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Why a 24-Year-Old chipmaker Is One Of tech's Hot Prospects

Engineers at CTA.ai, an imaging-technology start-up in Poland, are trying to popularize a more comfortable alternative to the colonoscopy.

With a Simple Dna Test, family Histories Are Rewritten
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With a Simple Dna Test, family Histories Are Rewritten

Bob Hutchinson's mother told him and his siblings almost nothing about her family, no matter how often they asked. "She was good at brushing people off," said Mr...

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
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A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

A Hunt For Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
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A Hunt For Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

The Loyal Engineers Steering Nasa's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
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The Loyal Engineers Steering Nasa's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....

Teaching A.i. Systems to Behave Themselves
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Teaching A.i. Systems to Behave Themselves

At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, machines are teaching themselves to behave like humans. But sometimes,...

How A.i. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
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How A.i. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician.

Gene Editing For 'designer Babies'? Highly ­nlikely, Scientists Say
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Gene Editing For 'designer Babies'? Highly ­nlikely, Scientists Say

Now that science is a big step closer to being able to fiddle with the genes of a human embryo, is it time to panic?

Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?
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Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to—even tell you...

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
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Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead
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Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency
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As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos...
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