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Big Brother at the Mall
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Big Brother at the Mall

The U.S. Congress is investigating the use of advanced technology to track consumers around brick-and-mortar retailers.

The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral
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The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

Before the tragedy seen all around the world, flames leaping from the top of Notre-Dame Cathedral, there was a smaller one, thousands of miles away in upstate New...

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'
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Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'

Scientists working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called "the clay-bearing unit" since before the spacecraft launched.

Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security
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Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security

Researchers have demonstrated a technique that will help pairs of entangled photons smoothly navigate optical fibers, enabling stronger cybersecurity.

MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust
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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure...

Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport
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Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport

Frankfurt Airport in Germany is the site of a six-week trial of a robotic head powered by artificial intelligence as an information resource for travelers.

Smart Phone Tricks
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Smart Phone Tricks

Researchers refine ways users can interact with a touchscreen.

Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow
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Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow

The first Avengers flick hit its dramatic peak when an alien army descended upon New York via a wormhole in the sky.

Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos
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Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos

Researchers have developed a way to permit computers to automatically crop photos in an aesthetically satisfying manner.

Serious Flaws Leave WPA3 Vulnerable to Hacks that Steal Wi-Fi Passwords
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Serious Flaws Leave WPA3 Vulnerable to Hacks that Steal Wi-Fi Passwords

Security researchers has found several serious design flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) protocol.

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key
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Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser.

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.

3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions
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3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions

A new tool can identify subtle but important differences in facial geometry, allowing medical professionals to more quickly diagnose rare medical conditions in...

Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans
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Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans

Robot manufacturers think it is vitally important to win over pedestrians and local officials as they try to expand the emerging technology into communities.

Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap
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Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap

The radical educational experiment is geared to solving the tech industry's chronic shortage of skilled programmers.

Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers
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Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers

A chat with tech journalist Clive Thompson about his new book, Coders.

 A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot
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A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot

At almost every wavelength, engineers have electromagnetic antennae that can detect and record the waves and create exotic images of the world at radio, microwave...

Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors
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Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors

Researchers have integrated electronic sensors with personalized three-dimensionally-printed prosthetics, which could make electric-powered prosthetics more affordable...

Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra
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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of...
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