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A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System
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A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System

Among some astronomers, there is a growing suspicion that our solar system's distant reaches conceal a large, ninth planet that we have not yet seen. New findings...

Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map
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Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map

Hidden pyramids and massive fortresses in the jungle. Farms and canals scattered across swamplands.

The Crisis of Election Security
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The Crisis of Election Security

As the midterms approach, America's electronic voting systems are more vulnerable than ever. Why isn't anyone trying to fix them?

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?
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Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?

To an untrained eye, USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization vying for attention in a crowded media landscape.

What China Can Teach the ­.S. About Artificial Intelligence
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What China Can Teach the ­.S. About Artificial Intelligence

Visionary research is no longer the most important element of progress.

Hayabusa2 Prepares to Drop Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu
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Hayabusa2 Prepares to Drop Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is exploring Ryugu, an asteroid thought to contain water ice and other materials from the early solar system.

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data
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How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

Before Kim Slingerland downloaded the Fun Kid Racing app for her then-5-year-old son, Shane, she checked to make sure it was in the family section of the Google...

Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign
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Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign

A public service as campaign called "She Can STEM" aims to encourage girls ages 11 to 15 to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying
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Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying

Several Silicon Valley startups are developing technology that can be applied to small helicopters and other passenger aircraft to allow for autonomous flight. ...

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit
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NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft still has 100 million miles to go, but it has taken its first snapshot of the space rock that will be its date for New Year's Day...

Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?
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Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?

In a May memo to President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis implored him to create a national strategy for artificial intelligence.

'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye
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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.

As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster
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As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster

Cars need to get faster—not on the road, but on the inside.

Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers
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Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

With gentle pulses from gigantic lasers, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California transformed hydrogen into droplets of shiny liquid metal...

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
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Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...

A Generation Grows ­p in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter
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A Generation Grows ­p in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in...

'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace
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'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace

The technology is still in its infancy, but it will get better, learning as it goes.

Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians
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Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians

Four mathematicians have been named to receive the Fields Medal, regarded as one of the highest honors a mathematician can receive.

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
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Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country's censorship and online hacking.
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