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The Future of Work is ... Bleak
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The Future of Work is ... Bleak

Moshe Y. Vardi says we can expect the next 35 years to be as harsh on working-class people as the last 35 years have been.

NASA Scientists Discover Unexpected Mineral on Mars
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NASA Scientists Discover Unexpected Mineral on Mars

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.
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Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.

The banking password may be about to expire—forever.

Drivers, These Robots Have Your Back
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Drivers, These Robots Have Your Back

Automated safety systems can prevent an accident before the driver is even aware of the possibility.

MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands
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MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence that can accurately predict human interactions.

Vulnerabilities in Internet Encryption Protocol
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Vulnerabilities in Internet Encryption Protocol

Successful test attacks against the Transport Layer Security Internet encryption protocol generated data that will be incorporated into the latest TLS iteration...

Professor's Work Focuses on Revving Up Our Highest-Speed Networks
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Professor's Work Focuses on Revving Up Our Highest-Speed Networks

The research of University of Virginia professor Malathi Veeraraghavan could help the latest supercomputers and large-scale observatories each their full potential...

Report: California Colleges Produce Low Number of STEM Graduates
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Report: California Colleges Produce Low Number of STEM Graduates

California has far fewer students graduating with science, technology, engineering, and math degrees from public colleges and universities than the state's businesses...

Do We Really Need Humans to Explore Mars?
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Do We Really Need Humans to Explore Mars?

The dazzling sunlight that flooded the lake-front restaurant where I sat down with Chris Kraft in 2014 was nothing compared to the brightness in his eyes.

China's New Supercomputer Puts the US Even Further Behind
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China's New Supercomputer Puts the US Even Further Behind

This week, China's Sunway TaihuLight officially became the fastest supercomputer in the world. The previous champ? Also from China.

'Ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of Universities
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'Ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of Universities

The first Patrick Feng knew about a cyberattack on his university was when one of his colleagues told him that her computer had been infected by hackers and rendered...

The Future of the Internet Is at Risk Say Global Web Experts
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The Future of the Internet Is at Risk Say Global Web Experts

The Internet has reached a turning point, and action must be taken quickly to ensure its continued openness, security, transparency, and inclusivity via improved...

Ethnic, Gender Imbalances Plague Computer Science Education
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Ethnic, Gender Imbalances Plague Computer Science Education

The U.S. Education Department's Melissa Moritz suggests conscious or unconscious bias discourages female and minority students from pursuing computer science careers...

World's First 1,000-Processor Chip
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World's First 1,000-Processor Chip

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have designed a microchip that contains 1,000 independently programmable processors.

Scientific Gains May Make Electronic Nose the Next Everyday Device
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Scientific Gains May Make Electronic Nose the Next Everyday Device

Researchers are creating an electronic nose to collect and analyze chemicals present in human breath.

Research Proves the Improbable Can Be Made Possible
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Research Proves the Improbable Can Be Made Possible

Texas A&M University professor Daniel Jimenez has revolutionized the way research is conducted on microprocessors.

Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot
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Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot

Google can see a future where robots help us unload the dishwasher and sweep the floor. The challenge is making sure they don’t inadvertently knock over a vase—or...

Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages
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Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages

On April 12, 1865—three days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox and two days before President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated—the president sent...

NASA's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star
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NASA's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.

You Can Run, but You Cannot Hide
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You Can Run, but You Cannot Hide

Computerized methods turn up evidence of cheating in marathons.
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