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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy
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The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy

The Hectar venture hopes to address France's farmer shortage by nurturing technologically adept next-generation growers.

Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them
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Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them

The leaders of Venice, Italy, are gathering the cellphone data of tourists and are using it, along with surveillance cameras, to monitor them.

'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself
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'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple released emergency security patches after researchers in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.

Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try
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Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try

The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles
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U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles

It will be the broadest look yet at Tesla's assisted-driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to force a recall...

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?
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Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found.

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.
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QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.

Fueled by a desire for touchless transactions, QR codes popped up everywhere in the pandemic. Businesses don't want to give them up.

What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?
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What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?

Anthony Bourdain's A.I.-generated voice is just the latest example of a celebrity being digitally reincarnated. These days, though, it could happen to any of us...

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.
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No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.

Hydroponic farms are growing crops with innovative technologies, including machine learning algorithms, data analytics, and proprietary software, in the absence...

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires
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How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

The University of California, San Diego's Ilkay Altintas and colleagues have spent eight years helping fire managers and scientists combat wildfires through the...

Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols
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Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols

Researchers used a computer model to determine whether rearranging musicians could significantly reduce aerosol buildup on the stage of a concert hall.

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past
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Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate as four human experts, and far more efficient...

Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.
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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.

When your therapist is a bot, you can reach it at 2 a.m. But will it really understand your problems?

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown
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Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.

Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money
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Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money

The U.S. wants to make sure it has a prominent seat at the table as the rules of future cross-border payments are drawn.

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus
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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Researchers have transformed the Colorado Mesa University campus into an epidemiological laboratory researching new avenues of pandemic management.
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