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In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical ­niverse
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In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical ­niverse

On the evening of March 19, the mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck gathered with revelers at the Institute for Advanced Study for a champagne reception.

Something on Mars Is Producing Gas ­sually Made by Living Things on Earth
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Something on Mars Is Producing Gas ­sually Made by Living Things on Earth

Methane gas periodically wafts into the atmosphere of Mars; that notion, once considered implausible and perplexing, is now widely accepted by planetary scientists...

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care
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Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.

Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86
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Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, a self-taught electrical engineer who helped design the first pocket calculator, died on Feb. 27 in Dallas. He was 86.

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 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.

'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.

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.

Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge
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Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge

A common belief among tech industry insiders is that Silicon Valley has dominated the internet because much of the worldwide network was designed and built by Americans...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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...
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