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The Day the Dinosaurs Died
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The Day the Dinosaurs Died

If, on a certain evening about sixty-­six million years ago, you had stood somewhere in North America and looked up at the sky, you would have soon made out what...

GPS Glitch Threatens Thousands of Scientific Instruments
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GPS Glitch Threatens Thousands of Scientific Instruments

Researchers worldwide are racing to get ahead of a bug in the US Global Positioning System (GPS) that could cause data loggers, including thousands of scientific...

The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat
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The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat

In one of Aesop's fables, a thirsty crow finds a pitcher with a small amount of water beyond the reach of its beak.

Hospital Viruses: Fake Cancerous Nodes in CT Scans, Created by Malware, Trick Radiologists
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Hospital Viruses: Fake Cancerous Nodes in CT Scans, Created by Malware, Trick Radiologists

When Hillary Clinton stumbled and coughed through public appearances during her 2016 presidential run, she faced critics who said that she might not be well enough...

When Computers Collude
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When Computers Collude

If you shop online, there's a good chance the price you pay for stuff is determined by a computer algorithm.

Europa Clipper High-Gain Antenna ­ndergoes Testing
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Europa Clipper High-Gain Antenna ­ndergoes Testing

It probably goes without saying, but this isn't your everyday satellite dish. In fact, it's not a satellite dish at all.

Something on Mars Is Producing Gas ­sually Made by Living Things on Earth
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Something on Mars Is Producing Gas ­sually Made by Living Things on Earth

Methane gas periodically wafts into the atmosphere of Mars; that notion, once considered implausible and perplexing, is now widely accepted by planetary scientists...

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer.

Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash
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Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash

At a high-level briefing at the Federal Aviation Administration on March 28, officials revealed "black box" data from Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 indicated that...

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTEN· 4:24
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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTEN· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.

Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars
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Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars

A new study reveals asteroid impacts on ancient Mars could have produced key ingredients for life if the Martian atmosphere was rich in hydrogen.

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business
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Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms...

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care
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Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.

How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot
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How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot

As a freshman last season at Michigan, Isaiah Livers shot 36 percent from 3-point range. Decent, but not great.

A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt
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A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt

The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule—the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons...

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

The Future of Data Storage
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The Future of Data Storage

Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains the most viable, dependable medium.

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care
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The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care

Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations with employee privacy and welfare concerns.

Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions
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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after...
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