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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany
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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

My dad is a wildlife biologist, and during road trips we took when I was growing up he spent a lot of time talking about the grasses and trees along the highway...

­tah's Online Caucus Gives Security Experts Heart Attacks
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­tah's Online Caucus Gives Security Experts Heart Attacks

Security researchers pretty much uniformly agree that letting people vote online is a very bad idea, one that is fraught with risks and vulnerabilities that could...

Long Before the Apple-Fbi Battle, Lavabit Sounded a Warning
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Long Before the Apple-Fbi Battle, Lavabit Sounded a Warning

Three years ago, Ladar Levison, the founder of the now-defunct secure email service known as Lavabit, was in the same position Apple finds itself today: facing...

The Fbi Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk
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The Fbi Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk

It's been eight months since a pair of security researchers proved beyond any doubt that car hacking is more than an action movie plot device when they remotely ...

How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand
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How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand

The move didn't make sense to the humans packed into the sixth floor of Seoul's Four Seasons hotel. But the Google machine saw it quite differently.

Biometrics Are Coming, Along With Serious Security Concerns
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Biometrics Are Coming, Along With Serious Security Concerns

You're buying a pair of jeans. At the register, instead of reaching for your wallet or phone, you pull back your hair.

Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine's Power Grid
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Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine's Power Grid

It was 3:30 p.m. last December 23, and residents of the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine were preparing to end their workday and head home through the...

How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help
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How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help

It's a showdown that has the country mesmerized.

Flaws in Wireless Mice and Keyboards Let Hackers Type on Your Pc
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Flaws in Wireless Mice and Keyboards Let Hackers Type on Your Pc

Bastille researchers warn of a new hacking technique in which malefactors armed with antennas can hijack wireless keyboards and mice from seven companies.

Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On
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Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and...

The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science
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The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science

In 2012, IBM Watson went to medical school. So said The New York Times, announcing that the tech giant’s artificially intelligent question-and-answer machine had...

If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard
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If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard

Super Bowl 50 will be big in every way.

Nsa Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System
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Nsa Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System

It was the talk most anticipated at this year's inaugural Usenix Enigma security conference in San Francisco and one that even the other speakers were eager to...

Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays
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Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays

In 1996, IBM'S Deep Blue became the first supercomputer to defeat a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a game.

Scientists Capture Crispr's Gene-Cutting in Action
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Scientists Capture Crispr's Gene-Cutting in Action

For all the furious hype around the gene-editing tool Crispr/Cas9, no one has ever really seen it in action. Like really seen it.

The Nfl Is Finally Tapping Into the Power of Data
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The Nfl Is Finally Tapping Into the Power of Data

The NFL may be the most popular and profitable major sport in America, but until recently, it's lagged behind other leagues in sophisticated use of data analysis...

An Easy Way For Hackers to Remotely Burn Industrial Motors
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An Easy Way For Hackers to Remotely Burn Industrial Motors

Hacks that cause physical destruction are so rare they can be counted on one hand.

Drone Swarms Will Change the Face of Modern Warfare
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Drone Swarms Will Change the Face of Modern Warfare

Swarms of inexpensive, expendable U.S. Navy robots will leave the laboratory this summer to be tested in the field. 

MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes
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MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes

The robots arrived years ago. They help build stuff in factories. They shuttle packages and products across the massive warehouses that drive Amazon’s worldwide...

Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb
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Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb

It was the whomp felt 'round the world.
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