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Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues
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Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues

Evolution is a trip. On the one hand, it's a seemingly simple mechanism—those best fitted to their environment have more babies, while less fit individuals don't...

Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy
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Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy

Europe's effort to export its tough privacy rules around the world is about to run into a wall of U.S. resistance.

Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?
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Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about internal tests of a censored search engine designed to win approval from Chinese officials....

Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites
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Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites

NASA's next Mars rover—the first to gather rock samples meant to come back to Earth—should dream big and visit as many places on the red planet as possible, scientists...

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p
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Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots
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How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters...

Nvidia ­pdates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GP­
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Nvidia ­pdates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GP­

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon almost 50 years ago, but some conspiracy theorists don't believe that it actually happened.

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge
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AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

In order to achieve the edge computing that people talk about in a host of applications including 5G networks and the Internet of Things (IoT), you need to pack...

These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos, for Now
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These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos, for Now

For weeks, computer scientist Siwei Lyu had watched his team's deepfake videos with a gnawing sense of unease.

Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections
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Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections

The election interference that came to define the 2016 presidential race hasn't stopped.

All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit
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All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit

A European rocket is ready to launch the most ambitious mission ever taken towards Mercury, Earth's once-neglected sibling in the Solar System.

­pdate on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm
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­pdate on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm

One month since increasing their commanding frequency, engineers have yet to hear from NASA's Opportunity rover.

World's Fastest Camera Can See Light Moving in Slo-Mo
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World's Fastest Camera Can See Light Moving in Slo-Mo

Scientists from Caltech and the University of Quebec have developed the world's fastest camera, which is capable of capturing a record-breaking 10 trillion frames...

Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January
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Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January

Touchdown of the Hayabusa2 mothership has been postponed because of unexpectedly rough terrain.

As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market
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As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an...

The Pentagon's Push to Program Soldiers' Brains
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The Pentagon's Push to Program Soldiers' Brains

The military wants future super-soldiers to control robots with their thoughts.

From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, ­T Professor Improves Imaging Techniques
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From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, ­T Professor Improves Imaging Techniques

The University of Texas' Chandrajit Bajaj is developing advanced imaging methods, including software that generates more dynamic images from neurons.

Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award
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Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive
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Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress last month about Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault, a website called Right Wing News sprang...

Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns
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Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year are set to become vastly more powerful, suggest...
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