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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)
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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)

Researchers have developed an autonomous drone that navigates using artificial intelligence.

Embedding NEMS Devices Within CMOS
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Embedding NEMS Devices Within CMOS

A new process combines combined metal oxide semiconductors and micro-electro-mechanical systems in a single package.

Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane
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Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane

Security researchers from Tencent have demonstrated a way to use physical attacks to spoof Tesla's autopilot.

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.

Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East
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Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East

Some Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs are relocating to New York City, lured by increased availability of venture capital, skilled professionals, and affordable...

Previously Unknown Flaw in Intel Chips Could Allow Hackers to Steal Private Data From Your Computer
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Previously Unknown Flaw in Intel Chips Could Allow Hackers to Steal Private Data From Your Computer

Security analysts have discovered a previously unknown vulnerability within Intel hardware that could enable the interception of private data inside one's computer...

New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue
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New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue

The Davis Cup tennis tournament is being revamped to incorporate virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural game in Madrid, Spain.

First Bacterial Genome Created Entirely With a Computer
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First Bacterial Genome Created Entirely With a Computer

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a technique that significantly streamlines production of large DNA molecules containing hundreds of genes...

Tesla Cars Keep More Data Than You Think
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Tesla Cars Keep More Data Than You Think

Two "white hat hackers" discovered that crashed Tesla vehicles sent to salvage contain unencrypted personal data, including information from drivers' paired mobile...

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...

Viruoso of Mobile Sensing Technology Receives ACM Prize in Computing
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Viruoso of Mobile Sensing Technology Receives ACM Prize in Computing

Shwetak Patel broke new ground in Internet of Things (IoT) research, and brought innovative products to market.

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 Undergoes Testing
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Europa Clipper High-Gain Antenna Undergoes Testing

It probably goes without saying, but this isn't your everyday satellite dish. In fact, it's not a satellite dish at all.

The Problem with SMS Two-Factor Authentication
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The Problem with SMS Two-Factor Authentication

SMS two-factor authentication has some security issues that have prompted companies to get creative.

How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?
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How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an algorithm that can teach itself how to diagnose conditions.

Food Lion, Other Grocers Will Use AI for Food Suppliers
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Food Lion, Other Grocers Will Use AI for Food Suppliers

Food Lion and five sister U.S. grocery chains will use artificial intelligence to revamp their food-ordering process.

Something on Mars Is Producing Gas Usually Made by Living Things on Earth
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Something on Mars Is Producing Gas Usually 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.
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