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Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'
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Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'

Humanity has fallen to artificial intelligence in checkers, chess, and, last month, Go, the complex ancient Chinese board game.

Cern Is Seeking Secrets of the ­niverse, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell
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Cern Is Seeking Secrets of the ­niverse, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for another run at smashing particles together to unlock the secrets of the universe.

Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market
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Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market

Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., a firm at the center of Wall Street’s trading infrastructure, is about to give the technology behind bitcoin a big test: seeing...

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape
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Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing...

Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm For That
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Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm For That

Baidu's Big Data Lab has devised an algorithm that can predict crowd formation. 

App to Tackle Impact of Injuries on Nfl Players
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App to Tackle Impact of Injuries on Nfl Players

Researchers last week rolled out a new smartphone app to enable former NFL players and the general public to collectively participate in a clinical study to evaluate...

Chip Hacking Might Help Fbi ­nlock Iphones
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Chip Hacking Might Help Fbi ­nlock Iphones

Even if the Justice Department loses its legal showdown with Apple Inc. over access to a killer's iPhone, the government might still be able to extract the data...

Tiny Cameras to See in the Intestines
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Tiny Cameras to See in the Intestines

The digestive tract can be inhospitable terrain to examine.

Apple Case Highlights Struggles Cios Face in Balancing Privacy, Law Enforcement Requests
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Apple Case Highlights Struggles Cios Face in Balancing Privacy, Law Enforcement Requests

As technology advances, there's a delicate balance between individual privacy and law enforcement’s requests for information.

How the ­.s. Fights Encryption--and Also Helps Develop It
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How the ­.s. Fights Encryption--and Also Helps Develop It

Some U.S. government agencies are financing the development of encryption technologies to protect communications even as others seek to circumvent them. 

Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market
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Companies Find Tech Talent in Robust Freelance Market

Companies are turning to private marketplaces of software developers to assemble teams for specific projects, rather than hiring permanent personnel. 

A Bright Approach to Brain Implants
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A Bright Approach to Brain Implants

The brain was once considered a "black box," a device so mysterious that you could only guess what it was doing by observing human behavior.

What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real
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What Happens When Virtual Reality Gets Too Real

A researcher is convinced virtual reality experiences can change users' thinking and behavior. 

How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real
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How the Science in 'star Wars’ Is Actually Real

For a story that takes place "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" a great deal of the technology in the "Star Wars" series actually has parallels today on...

Silicon Valley Faces Showdown as Lawmakers Fume Over Encryption
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Silicon Valley Faces Showdown as Lawmakers Fume Over Encryption

A number of lawmakers on Thursday expressed a growing frustration with technology companies and signaled Congress would consider either curbing encrypted communications...

Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know
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Does Encryption Really Help Isis? Here's What You Need to Know

There's the war on terrorism, and then there's the war on how to fight the war on terrorism.

Artificial Intelligence Ethics a New Focus at Cambridge ­niversity
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Artificial Intelligence Ethics a New Focus at Cambridge ­niversity

A new center to study the implications of artificial intelligence and try to influence its ethical development has been established at the U.K.'s Cambridge University...

Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone
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Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone

In the era of big data, when demand for statistics is higher than ever, a shadow of danger looms over the numbers revolution: People are increasingly refusing to...

Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate
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Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate

White House and congressional staffers have asked Silicon Valley executives for new talks in Washington, D.C., to resolve a standoff over encrypted communication...

Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually
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Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually

In the 1997 action movie Face/Off, an FBI agent must undergo face-transplant surgery and assume the identity of a ruthless terrorist to foil a plot.
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