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How China Landed the Change'4 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon
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How China Landed the Change'4 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon

The Chinese National Space Administration placed its Chang'e-4 lander and rover on the far side of the Moon.

DNA Design That Anyone Can Do
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DNA Design That Anyone Can Do

A new computer program allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA.

With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules
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With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules

A group of companies are testing unmanned aviation technology to prove drones can fly delivery routes without crashing into each other, and that they can be tracked...

Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says
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Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says

The growth of automation so far has had a negligible impact on jobs at a global level, according to the World Bank's chief economist.

GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks
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GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks

The U.K. Government Communications Headquarters has created a competition for 12- to 13-year-old girls aimed at drawing more women into cybersecurity.

Can a Set of Equations Keep U.S. Census Data Private?
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Can a Set of Equations Keep U.S. Census Data Private?

Protecting confidentiality has been a priority for the Census Bureau for most—but not all—of its existence.

Customizing Computer-Aided Design
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Customizing Computer-Aided Design

A new technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology "reverse-engineers" complex three-dimensional (3-D) computer-aided design...

Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%
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Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%

The Ethereum Foundation, and the broader open source movement devoted to advancing the cryptocurrency bitcoin, plan to field-test an overhaul of Ethereum's code...

Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own
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Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own

Researchers in the U.K.  have completed testing on an artificial intelligence-enabled rover that will make its own decisions about where it explores on Mars.

Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come
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Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come

Despite expectations by the mining industry that artificial intelligence would transform operations, some experts consider that promise overhyped and unrealistic...

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre
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The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Throughout 2018, researchers found exploitable weaknesses related to "speculative execution" vulnerabilities.

The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare
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The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare

In the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, American military planners began to worry about the threat to US warplanes posed by new, radar-guided missile defenses...

Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge
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Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge

A common belief among tech industry insiders is that Silicon Valley has dominated the internet because much of the worldwide network was designed and built by Americans...

Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound
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Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound

Researchers have taught an artificial intelligence system to convert ordinary monaural sounds into nearly three-dimensional sounds.

University in North Carolina Issues Degrees Using Blockchain
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University in North Carolina Issues Degrees Using Blockchain

East Coast Polytechnic Institute University graduates can now receive and digitally store degrees with blockchain technology, which delivers secure, immediate verification...

 Beyond CMOS Lies Hope
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Beyond CMOS Lies Hope

Seeking a successor to complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology.

Hybrid Qubits Solve Key Hurdle to Quantum Computing
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Hybrid Qubits Solve Key Hurdle to Quantum Computing

An international team of researchers has built a hybrid device from two different types of quantum bits to facilitate rapid initialization and readout.

Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines
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Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

A pioneer of computer science for work combining statistics and linguistics, and an advocate for women in the field.

Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' Uniforms
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Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' Uniforms

Students at 11 schools in the Chinese province of Guizhou are wearing "smart uniforms" incorporating computer chips to ensure they attend classes and behave properly...

'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer
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'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer

Researchers have constructed a three-dimensional virtual reality model of tumor samples, with each individual cell mapped.
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