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Washington Fears New Threat from 'Deepfake' Videos
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Washington Fears New Threat from 'Deepfake' Videos

Lawmakers and experts are sounding the alarm about "deepfakes," forged videos that look remarkably real, warning they will be the next phase in disinformation campaigns...

Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All
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Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All

Out past Neptune, something weird is happening to the orbits of a bunch of space rocks circling the sun. Something, scientists believed, that could only be described...

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel
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The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

A quantum key distribution fiber-optic cable running through the Holland Tunnel harnesses the power of quantum mechanics to protect critical banking data.

Security Conference Will Let You Hack Tesla Car, Earn Cash Prizes
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Security Conference Will Let You Hack Tesla Car, Earn Cash Prizes

Security researchers attending the Pwn2Own CanSecWest security conference this March in Vancouver, Canada, will be incentivized to hack a Tesla Model 3 car.

FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People
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FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has released preliminary rules to allow small drones to fly routinely over crowds of people at night.

Defending the Orbital Internet
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Defending the Orbital Internet

Hypersonic space debris threatens communications beyond the atmosphere.

Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change
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Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change

The World Economic Forum has listed large-scale cyberattacks and massive data breaches among the five most probable risks facing the world today.

Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code.
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Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code.

The founder and chief executive of Code.org, who was born in Iran, says computer science is a "foundational skill," one that future doctors, lawyers and politicians...

We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables
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We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables

Blake Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about things like superconducting cables and supercooled refrigerators.

Giving Algorithms a Sense of ­ncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
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Giving Algorithms a Sense of ­ncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley...

Venture Capitalists Balk at Proposed Export Limits on AI, Quantum Computing
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Venture Capitalists Balk at Proposed Export Limits on AI, Quantum Computing

Venture capitalists are warning the Trump administration against limiting exports on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

Oxford Suspends Research Grants From Huawei Over Security Concerns
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Oxford Suspends Research Grants From Huawei Over Security Concerns

Security concerns have prompted Oxford University in the U.K. to sever ties with Huawei.

Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots
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Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots

A hotel in Japan hyped as the world's first robot-staffed hotel has eliminated more than half of its robots due to mounting complaints.

How Do You Fight an Algorithm You Cannot See?
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How Do You Fight an Algorithm You Cannot See?

Activists in Germany have facilitated a method to assess the accountability of proprietary algorithms via a crowdsourcing platform.

Democratizing Data Science
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Democratizing Data Science

Researchers have developed a tool for nonstatisticians that automatically generates models for analyzing raw data. The tool takes in datasets and generates sophisticated...

Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps
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Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps

Last April, Amina Helmi felt goose bumps while driving to work in the northern Netherlands. It had nothing to do with the weather—it was pure anticipation. Just...

Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency
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Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Groups of hackers are stealing millions of dollars through cryptojacking, which works by illicitly harnessing the computing power of thousands to mine cryptocurrency...

UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous
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UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous

University of Texas at Austin researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Wrangler supercomputer to examine gene activity across the genomes of 10 species...

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations
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Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer
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National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Several European companies have trained artificial intelligence to detect signs of breast cancer.
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