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NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System
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NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and...

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
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New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert...

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models
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Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models

Google is testing a new collaborative machine-learning training method in which training data is diffused across millions of individual mobile devices instead of...

State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'
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State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'

A new study from six organizations summarizes state-by-state surveys on U.S. computer science education policies for grades K-12. "There are simply not enough adequately...

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals
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AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Researchers at the University of Bath and Princeton University have demonstrated an artificial intelligence tool that enables computers to interpret everyday language...

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps
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An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

Steven Smith at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has developed an algorithmic technique to thwart the collection of online users' browsing history. The algorithm conceals...

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
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That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
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Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can...

It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says
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It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says

R. Stanley Williams, a senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs, proposes no longer following Moore's Law in chipmaking, saying in a recent research paper that the...

DARPA Will Bake Cybersecurity Into Circuits
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DARPA Will Bake Cybersecurity Into Circuits

DARPA this month plans to detail its System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program, with the goal of developing new integrated circuit architectures...

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation
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A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation

The ocellated lizard—known as the jeweled lacerta in the pet trade—is born rusty brown with white polka dots.

 Don't Use the Force, Luke, Use the Targeting Computer  
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Don't Use the Force, Luke, Use the Targeting Computer  

Remember when Luke's running the trench in the Death Star, and he's about to fire his fateful shot, and at the last minute he decides to turn off the targeting...

Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?
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Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today's imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality...

Who Are You on Social Media?
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Who Are You on Social Media?

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and King's College London in the U.K. found social media users frequently adopt different personas for different networks...

Using Randomness to Protect Election Integrity
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Using Randomness to Protect Election Integrity

Vanderbilt University professor Eugene Vorobeychik and colleagues have combined game theory and computer security expertise to design a method for auditing electoral...

What Americans Are Most Worried About When It Comes to Robots
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What Americans Are Most Worried About When It Comes to Robots

Fifty-seven percent of surveyed U.S. adults already notice the presence of artificial intelligence in their daily lives, but they are divided concerning its threat...

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts
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Mobile-Phone Signals Bolster Street-Level Rain Forecasts

Meteorologists have long struggled to forecast storms and flooding at the level of streets and neighborhoods, but they may soon make headway thanks to the spread...

'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer
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'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer

In the early hours of Friday morning, two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea launched a barrage of Tomahawk Land...

Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already
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Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says technology has a poor record of accommodating people with disabilities, and he would like to see more progress made...
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