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NASA Reveals Aliens Could Have Already Visited Earth
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NASA Reveals Aliens Could Have Already Visited Earth

A NASA scientist suggested that aliens may have already visited earth but evaded detection due to their appearances being vastly different from human expectations...

An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care
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An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Captain America and Black Panther were about to defend Earth from the villain Thanos when Kevin Foley first noticed something was wrong.

Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs
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Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs

A new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report says U.S. adoption of automation is lagging behind that of other countries.

OR­'s New Supercomputer Has the Brains to Tackle Weather Forecasting, Physics, and More
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OR­'s New Supercomputer Has the Brains to Tackle Weather Forecasting, Physics, and More

Oral Roberts University has unveiled an $850,000 supercomputer, with the goal of bolstering the institution's science, technology, engineering, and math program...

More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation
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More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation

Ask anyone what they think of when the words "artificial intelligence" and aviation are combined, and it's likely the first things they'll mention are drones.

The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25
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The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago this week, NASA held its collective breath as seven astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour caught up with the Hubble Space Telescope 353 miles...

Facial Gestures Can Move This AI-Motorized Wheelchair
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Facial Gestures Can Move This AI-Motorized Wheelchair

A new prototype kit exploits artificial intelligence to enable a disabled person to drive a motorized wheelchair using facial expressions.

Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-­p Robots
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Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-­p Robots

The defunct Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, Cumbria in the U.K. is a toxic environment that must be cleaned up by robots.

These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building
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These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building

Some 100,000 years ago, when Neanderthals still occupied the caves of southern Europe, a star was born.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer)...

All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons
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All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

In one of those exercises that you think should be impossible or perhaps a punishment for some infraction, a team of astronomers has now measured the total amount...

Amazon Sets About Speeding ­p Space Data Processing in the Cloud With AWS Ground Stations
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Amazon Sets About Speeding ­p Space Data Processing in the Cloud With AWS Ground Stations

Amazon Web Services is creating a managed network of ground stations to boost the efficiency of processing data from orbiting space satellites and moving it to...

The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles
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The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles

Are pizza delivery guys destined to be so 20th century?

The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.
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The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

The world's leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful...

Galactic Beacons Get Snuffed Out in a Cosmic Eyeblink
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Galactic Beacons Get Snuffed Out in a Cosmic Eyeblink

Stephanie LaMassa did a double take. She was staring at two images on her computer screen, both of the same object—except they looked nothing alike.

AI Robot CIMON Debuts at International Space Station
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AI Robot CIMON Debuts at International Space Station

The CIMON artificial intelligence robot aboard the International Space Station can engage verbally with the station's crew.

'Chemputer' Promises App-Controlled Revolution for Drug Production
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'Chemputer' Promises App-Controlled Revolution for Drug Production

A new technique for producing drug molecules uses downloadable blueprints to easily, reliably synthesize organic chemicals via a programmable computer.

Nailing Down the Nature of 'Oumuamua; It's Probably a Comet, but . . .
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Nailing Down the Nature of 'Oumuamua; It's Probably a Comet, but . . .

Shortly before Halloween, the chairman of Harvard's astronomy department openly declared that an interstellar object hurtling through our Solar System might just...

Smart Headlights Inch Closer to American Roads
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Smart Headlights Inch Closer to American Roads

Adaptive driving beam headlights are not currently permitted in the U.S., but that could soon change. 

Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender
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Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender

The Cyberdog wine bar in Prague, Czech Republic, is equipped with a robot bartender that serves drinks ordered via a smartphone app.
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