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Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology
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Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

After three bitter years and tens of millions of dollars in legal fees, the epic battle over who owns one of the most common methods for editing the DNA in any...

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation
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How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

At a certain point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics. A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob
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Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

Tesla has taken plenty of innovative steps to protect the driving systems of its kitted-out cars against digital attacks. It's hired top-notch security engineers...

Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron
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Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron

It's been more than a century since Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal won the Nobel Prize for illustrating the way neurons allow you to walk, talk,...

The Serious Security Problem Looming Over Robotics
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The Serious Security Problem Looming Over Robotics

They call it Herb2. It's a dapper robot, wearing a bowtie even while it sits at home in its lab at the University of Washington.

A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen
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A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it.

How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts
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How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts

When the cybersecurity industry warns about the nightmare of hackers causing blackouts, the scenario they describe typically entails an elite team of hackers ...

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You
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Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

I'm not what you'd call a coordinated man, so basketball horrifies me. All the dribbling, all the shooting—all while running and dodging people trying to smack...

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?
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Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?

Chris Monroe's vision for quantum computers is simple: He wants people to use them.

This Bomb-Simulating ­S Supercomputer Broke a World Record
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This Bomb-Simulating ­S Supercomputer Broke a World Record

Brad Settlemyer had a supercomputing solution in search of a problem.

How a Flock of Drones Developed Collective Intelligence
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How a Flock of Drones Developed Collective Intelligence

The drones rise all at once, 30 strong, the domes of light on their undercarriages glowing 30 different hues—like luminescent candy sprinkles against the gray,...

Don't Just Lecture Robots; Make Them Learn
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Don't Just Lecture Robots; Make Them Learn

The robot apocalypse  is nigh. Boston Dynamics' robots are doing backflips and opening doors for their friends. Oh, and these 7-foot-long robot arms can lift 500...

In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties
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In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties

NASA has to start protecting planets better. The international treaty governing space—there is one—and the laws and regulations that follow it date back to the...

The Rise of DNA Data Storage
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The Rise of DNA Data Storage

The 144 words of Robert Frost's seminal poem "The Road Not Taken" fit neatly onto a single printed page. Or in a 1-kilobyte data file.

The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space
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The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space

On a frigid day last January in northern Sweden, a German-led team of physicists loaded a curious machine onto an unmanned rocket.

Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder
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Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder

Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.

Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It
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Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It

The Cray-1 supercomputer, the world's fastest back in the 1970s, does not look like a supercomputer.

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers
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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread...

It Takes a Single Autonomous Car to Prevent Phantom Traffic Jams
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It Takes a Single Autonomous Car to Prevent Phantom Traffic Jams

Honk if you've heard this one before: Autonomous and connected cars will make driving less of a drudge by handling the stop-n-go mundanity of your commute for you...

Cracking the Crypto War
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Cracking the Crypto War

On December 2, 2015, a man named Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on employees of the Department of Public Health in San Bernardino,...
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