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How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan
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How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan

Tokyo, Japan-based DeNA has developed a program to direct cruising taxi drivers to streets where they are most likely to find customers.

In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical ­niverse
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In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical ­niverse

On the evening of March 19, the mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck gathered with revelers at the Institute for Advanced Study for a champagne reception.

Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu
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Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu

For the past year, space probe Hayabusa2 has pelted asteroid Ryugu with bouncing probes, shot a bullet at it, and taken a bite of it—all for science.

VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival
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VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

CAVE, a shared virtual reality experience that transports audiences back to 10,000 BC, will debut April 24 at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Machines That Read Your Brain Waves
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Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

Sometimes a technology that's been simmering in the laboratory or the clinic for decades makes the leap to mainstream consumption almost overnight.

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again
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Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again

The pilots of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 apparently followed the proper steps to shut down an errant flight control system as they struggled to regain control...

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.

NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests
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NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests

Since the Wright brothers first took to the skies of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Dec. 17, 1903, first flights have been important milestones in the life of...

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...

How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet
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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.

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

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.
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