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The Geeks Who Put a Stop to Pennsylvania's Partisan Gerrymandering
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The Geeks Who Put a Stop to Pennsylvania's Partisan Gerrymandering

The morning John Kennedy was set to testify last December, he woke up at 1:30 am, in an unfamiliar hotel room in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, adrenaline coursing through...

All-Terrain Microbot Moves by Tumbling Over Complex Topography
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All-Terrain Microbot Moves by Tumbling Over Complex Topography

Researchers have created a "microscale magnetic tumbling robot" propelled by a constantly spinning magnetic field in an end-over-end or sideways tumbling motion...

Lawmakers Worry about Rise of Fake Video Technology 
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Lawmakers Worry about Rise of Fake Video Technology 

Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. Now legislators say they want to start working on fixes...

New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light
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New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light

Researchers from the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute have created a photonic chip that generates and steers single photons.

Research Team Uncovers Hidden Details in Picasso Blue Period Painting
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Research Team Uncovers Hidden Details in Picasso Blue Period Painting

Researchers used multiple modes of light to reveal hidden details in a painting by Pablo Picasso during his Blue Period.

Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray
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Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A star-crossed mission nearly 20 years in the making that was intended to seek an answer to the most burning, baffling question in astronomy—and perhaps elucidate...

Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets
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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets

The search for extraterrestrial life is fairly synonymous with the search for life as we know it.

Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
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Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current

The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere—but researchers...

Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers
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Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers

Scientists are investigating silicon as a key ingredient in the creation of scalable quantum computers.

$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers
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$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers

Indiana University is launching a $1.2-million project examining why women make up such a relatively small percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...

ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education
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ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education

The International Society for Technology in Education and Code.org have formed a partnership to create more opportunities for educators interested in teaching computer...

Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate
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Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

Researchers are developing cooperative swarms of tiny robots called smarticles that can collectively perform complex behaviors.

2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
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2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's...

#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones
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#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones

Researchers in Australia have shown that monitoring wildlife using drones is more accurate than traditional counting.

Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'
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Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.

These Perfectly Imperfect Diamonds Are Built for Quantum Physics
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These Perfectly Imperfect Diamonds Are Built for Quantum Physics

In the mid-2000S, diamonds were the hot new thing in physics. It wasn't because of their size, color, or sparkle, though.

Can a Cockroach Teach a Robot How to Scurry Across Rugged Terrain?
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Can a Cockroach Teach a Robot How to Scurry Across Rugged Terrain?

Researchers aim to build robots with cockroach-inspired behavior.

A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers
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A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers

A new algorithm can identify who is swiping a smartphone screen, which could lead to child-proof devices.

Do Computers Really Think?
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Do Computers Really Think?

Do smart assistants exhibit actual intelligence?
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