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Scientists Create a 'Social Network of Brains'
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Scientists Create a 'Social Network of Brains'

Sending your thoughts directly into someone else's brain may seem like the stuff of science fiction. But this capability could be closer to reality than you think...

Groundbreaking Science Emerges from ­ltra-Close Orbits of Saturn
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Groundbreaking Science Emerges from ­ltra-Close Orbits of Saturn

New research emerging from the final orbits of NASA's Cassini spacecraft represents a huge leap forward in our understanding of the Saturn system—especially the...

A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System
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A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System

Among some astronomers, there is a growing suspicion that our solar system's distant reaches conceal a large, ninth planet that we have not yet seen. New findings...

'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel
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'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel

Optical physicists Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking inventions in the field of...

New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell
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New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell

Today's artificial intelligence systems, including the artificial neural networks broadly inspired by the neurons and connections of the nervous system, perform...

What Termites Can Teach ­s
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What Termites Can Teach ­s

New termite colonies are founded on windless evenings, at dusk, after the rain. Most termites have neither eyes nor wings, but every mature colony has a caste of...

Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map
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Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map

Hidden pyramids and massive fortresses in the jungle. Farms and canals scattered across swamplands.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI
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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys
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60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys

This year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) turned 60. To celebrate, DARPA held a conference in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights...

NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth
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NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe.

How Apple Makes the AI Chip Powering the iPhone's Fancy Tricks
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How Apple Makes the AI Chip Powering the iPhone's Fancy Tricks

A few years ago—the company won't say exactly when—some engineers at Apple began to think the iPhone's camera could be made smarter using newly powerful machine...

A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony
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A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony

Biophysicist Adam Cohen was strolling around San Francisco, California, in 2010, when a telephone call caught him by surprise. "We have a signal," said the caller...

Scientists ­se Light to Control Nanobots
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Scientists ­se Light to Control Nanobots

Researchers have discovered a physical phenomenon in how semiconductor nanoparticles interact with light when under the influence of an electric field.

The ­S Push to Boost 'Quantum Computing'
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The ­S Push to Boost 'Quantum Computing'

A race by U.S. tech companies to build a new generation of powerful "quantum computers" could get a $1.3 billion boost from Congress, fueled in part by lawmakers' fear...

Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time
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Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Saturn's moon Titan.

Scientists ID Three Causes of Earth's Spin Axis Drift
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Scientists ID Three Causes of Earth's Spin Axis Drift

A typical desk globe is designed to be a geometric sphere and to rotate smoothly when you spin it. Our actual planet is far less perfect—in both shape and in rotation...

Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?
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Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?

High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and...

Photonic Chip Promises More Robust Quantum Computers
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Photonic Chip Promises More Robust Quantum Computers

A team from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has developed a topological photonic chip to process quantum information, a breakthrough that could serve...

New Devices Based on Rust Could Reduce Excess Heat in Computers
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New Devices Based on Rust Could Reduce Excess Heat in Computers

Researchers have demonstrated that antiferromagnetic iron oxide, the main component of rust, is an inexpensive and promising material to transport information with...

JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration
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JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

Last Monday, we covered the new, updated, and way way better guidelines for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.
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