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After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy
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After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future...

Choose Better Passwords With the Help of Science
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Choose Better Passwords With the Help of Science

A team of researchers has been conducting experiments into improving password security.

High-Frequency Chip Makes Fastest Internet Speeds Look Slow
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High-Frequency Chip Makes Fastest Internet Speeds Look Slow

A new high-frequency electronic chip has the potential to transmit tens of gigabits of data every second, much faster than today's fastest Internet connections....

A New Mobile Application Helps Scientists Map the Sound Environment
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A New Mobile Application Helps Scientists Map the Sound Environment

NoiseCapture is an application that unites specialists in environmental acoustics and geographic information.

Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You by Ultrasound Whispers
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Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You by Ultrasound Whispers

Researchers have developed a method to hijack intelligent voice assistant using sounds above the range of human hearing.

PupilScreen Aims to Allow Parents, Coaches, Medics to Detect Concussion, Brain Injuries With a Smartphone
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PupilScreen Aims to Allow Parents, Coaches, Medics to Detect Concussion, Brain Injuries With a Smartphone

The PupilScreen smartphone application can objectively detect concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano
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Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano

People get up to weird things in New Zealand.

Our Weather-Prediction Models Keep Getting Better, and Hurricane Irma Is the Proof
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Our Weather-Prediction Models Keep Getting Better, and Hurricane Irma Is the Proof

By Wednesday of last week, even as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to rain devastation on the Gulf Coast, a new storm, Irma, was taking shape in the eastern Atlantic...

Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving
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Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving

A huge genetic study that sought to pinpoint how the human genome is evolving suggests that natural selection is getting rid of harmful genetic mutations that shorten...

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders' Jobs Quicker, Easier
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Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders' Jobs Quicker, Easier

InterSpec is a program for mobile and traditional computing devices designed to analye gamma radiation data at the scene of a disaster.

ASU Researcher Works to Design Algorithms for More Robust Networks
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ASU Researcher Works to Design Algorithms for More Robust Networks

Researchers at Arizona State University say they are trying to design effective intervention strategies and algorithms when networks are likely to fail.

Microsoft and Cornell Tech Announce New Partnership
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Microsoft and Cornell Tech Announce New Partnership

Microsoft is partnering with the Cornell Tech-based Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts.

How to Make Robots That We Can Trust
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How to Make Robots That We Can Trust

The design of trustworthy autonomous systems must entail consideration of the ability to explain decisions and recourse options when things go awry.

The Effectiveness of Coding Camps
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The Effectiveness of Coding Camps

Do coding schools really get you working faster, with better pay, than college computer science courses?

Supercomputers Take Big Green Leap in 2017
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Supercomputers Take Big Green Leap in 2017

The most environmentally-friendly supercomputers more than doubled their energy efficiency in 2017.

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human
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How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

The first time Alex Acero saw Her, he watched it like a normal person.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

There's something not quite right about humanoid robots.

Why John Deere Just Spent $305 Million on a Lettuce-Farming Robot
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Why John Deere Just Spent $305 Million on a Lettuce-Farming Robot

Tractor giant John Deere just spent $305 million to acquire Blue River Technology, a startup that makes robots capable of identifying unwanted plants and shooting...

Plot a Course Through the Genome
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Plot a Course Through the Genome

Chromatin does much more than just keep DNA neat and tidy.
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