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Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness
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Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness

In the winter of 1994, a young man in his early twenties named Tim was a patient in a London psychiatric hospital.

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?
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What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an...

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet
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Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission...

The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks
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The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

Building a Fly Brain in a Computer
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Building a Fly Brain in a Computer

Researchers have built a neural network that mimics the fruit fly's visual system, and can distinguish and re-identify flies.

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates
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China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology....

NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still
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NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still

You don't need wheels to explore Mars.

A New Movement in Seismology
From Communications of the ACM

A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
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With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers
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Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers

The fibre-optic cables that carry Internet traffic can also be used for a powerful form of the strange phenomenon known as quantum teleportation.

Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages
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Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages

Would-be travelers of the galaxy, rejoice: The Chinese tech giant Baidu has invented a translation system that brings us one step closer to a software Babel fish...

Brain-Inspired Algorithm Helps AI Systems Multitask and Remember
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Brain-Inspired Algorithm Helps AI Systems Multitask and Remember

Researchers have found that adapting a well-known brain mechanism can dramatically improve the ability of artificial neural networks to learn multiple tasks.

Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store
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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store

A future 'quantum internet' could find use long before it reaches technological maturity, a team of physicists predicts.

NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model
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NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model

The nation's weather and climate organization, NOAA, has appointed a new director of its Environmental Modeling Center.

How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data
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How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data

Researchers analyzing about 33% of the Android apps in the Google Play Store found almost nine out of 10 track smartphone data and transmit it back to Google.

Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together
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Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together

Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer, according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail....

­.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections
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­.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections

The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling...

Data on Demand: Creating a Search Engine for Microbiome Sciences
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Data on Demand: Creating a Search Engine for Microbiome Sciences

The University of Arizona's Hurwitz Laboratory is helping researchers around the world gain greater access to data collected at remote ocean sites.

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
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I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...
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