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Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook
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Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook

Just when the cybersecurity world thinks it's found the limits of how far Russian hackers will go to meddle in foreign elections, a new clue emerges that suggests...

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

Banned From the ­s? There's a Robot For That
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Banned From the ­s? There's a Robot For That

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference.

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard
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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity. ...

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the ­itimate Sequencer
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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the ­itimate Sequencer

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling...

The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure
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The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure

Researchers have been testing the existence of quantum entanglement for several years.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.
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