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Charles Babbage Left a Computer Program in Turin in 1840. Here It Is.
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Charles Babbage Left a Computer Program in Turin in 1840. Here It Is.

In autumn of 1840, Charles Babbage arrived in Turin for a meeting of Italian scientists, where he gave the only public explanation of the workings of his "Analytical...

How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them
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How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them

Everyone likes a good space photo.

The Finesse of Flying Cassini Between Saturn's Rings
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The Finesse of Flying Cassini Between Saturn's Rings

The Cassini space probe is going to dive through Saturn's rings again on Wednesday, the third of a planned 22 orbits threading that planetary needle as the probe...

Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm
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Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm

When the cybersecurity industry warns of digital threats to the "internet of things," the targets that come to mind are ill-conceived, insecure consumer products...

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think
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A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird
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Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird

Octopuses are aliens living on Earth.

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers
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Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Google operates what is surely the largest computer network on Earth, a system that comprises custom-built, warehouse-sized data centers spanning 15 locations in...

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together, By Hand
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A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together, By Hand

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don't count on a good view.

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
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I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures...

Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer
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Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

Cells are basically tiny computers: They send and receive inputs and output accordingly.

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language
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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

OpenAI's Igor Mordatch is investigating new ways for machines to converse with each other.

Inside the Hunt For Russia's Most Notorious Hacker
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Inside the Hunt For Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down...

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language
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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.

What If Quantum Computers ­sed Hard Drives Made of Dna?
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What If Quantum Computers ­sed Hard Drives Made of Dna?

You've heard the hype: The quantum computer revolution is coming. Physicists say these devices will be fast enough to break every encryption method banks use today...

How the Cia's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure
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How the Cia's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure

When Wikileaks yesterday released a trove of documents purporting to show how the CIA hacks everything from smartphones to PCs to smart televisions, the agency's...

Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes By Reading Your Mind
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Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes By Reading Your Mind

Baxter is but a child, with bright eyes and a subtle grin.

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare
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Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

Hacked medical devices make for scary headlines.

Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data By Watching a Computer's Blinking Led
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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data By Watching a Computer's Blinking Led

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

What News-Writing Bots Mean For the Future of Journalism
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What News-Writing Bots Mean For the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections For Millions of Devices
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A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections For Millions of Devices

The VUSec team at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands has demonstrated an exploit that undercuts a basic safeguard used in all modern operating...
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