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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report
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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed multiple contacts among Russian operatives and associates of President Trump in the report made public Thursday....

New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing
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New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing

Rutgers University researchers designed an algorithm to test for chemical toxicity to benefit workers, and potentially sparing thousands of animals from being experimental...

Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'
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Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'

Paris firefighters used a 1,100-pound, tank-like robot to mitigate damage to Notre Dame cathedral and prevent the conflagration from spreading further by entering...

Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS
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Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS

DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) project aims to develop autonomous artificial intelligences to improve flight safety and performance...

A Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer
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A Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells, marking a significant breakthrough toward creating...

If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...

Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data
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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel
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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business...

The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places
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The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places

Scientists are using advanced technology to explore extreme environments on Earth to seek out and examine resilient microorganisms.

UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects
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UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects

Researchers have developed navigation software for a satellite launched Tuesday with a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood
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Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood

The idea of using machine learning programs to help write scripts and other tasks is becoming increasingly popular in Hollywood.

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots
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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.

New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

The U.S. construction industry aims to restore its workforce by attracting younger replacements who grew up playing PC games.

Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 
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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear...

NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes
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NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

On its final flyby of Saturn's largest moon in 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere...

Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories
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Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories

A researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has developed algorithms capable of determining inventory parameters of trees over large...

Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move
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Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move

The advent of technologies that let businesses track, overhear, and monitor employees on company time is raising issues about corporate surveillance.

A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools
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A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools

A new robotic system can figure out at least the first principles of tool use, through a combination of experimentation and observation.

Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool
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Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool

Princeton University researchers have built an open source Web app that allows homeowners to monitor their smart home devices.
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