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A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt
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A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt

The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule—the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons...

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

Inside GAO's Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy
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Inside GAO's Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has set up a Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group to help make lawmakers more knowledgeable of emerging...

Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers
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Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers

Parents of female and lower-income students are less likely to encourage their children to major in computer science than parents of male students and those in...

Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles
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Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Motor plans to construct its first autonomous vehicles at a $50-million production center in Michigan.

Automated Order Takers May Reshape Future of Drive-Through Restaurants
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Automated Order Takers May Reshape Future of Drive-Through Restaurants

Artificial intelligence companies are developing voice assistants to improve order-taking at drive-through restaurants.

Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before
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Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before

Researchers have developed a system that allows robots to do many different pick-and-place tasks, without having ever seen the objects with which they are interacting...

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

Soft Robots Look to New Environments
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Soft Robots Look to New Environments

These non-standard automatons appear best suited for applications under water and in space.

The Future of Data Storage
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The Future of Data Storage

Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains the most viable, dependable medium.

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care
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The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care

Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations with employee privacy and welfare concerns.

The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense
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The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense

Sports viewing is expected to become more accessible, interactive, and personalized, through technologies like virtual reality.

Google Lookout Uses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired
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Google Lookout Uses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired

A new Google app uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired users better perceive their surroundings by providing verbal feedback via smartphones.

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science
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Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science

Saugus High School in Massachusetts has earned the first College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

Apple Watch Detects Irregular Heartbeat in Large U.S. Study
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Apple Watch Detects Irregular Heartbeat in Large U.S. Study

Researchers found the Apple Watch could detect irregular pulse rates, which might indicate a need for further monitoring to catch atrial fibrillation.

 Painting On Perovskites at Room Temperature
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Painting On Perovskites at Room Temperature

Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductors are suited to many electro-optical applications.

U.S. Trails Europe in Technology, Data-Science Skills Ranking
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U.S. Trails Europe in Technology, Data-Science Skills Ranking

Europe accounts for more than 80% of nations in the top 25% of countries across the technology, business, and data science domains, according to a Coursera index...

Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics
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Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics

Rice University computer science professor Moshe Y. Vardi talks about the impact of technologies on society, and how this challenges what computer science should...

Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions
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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after...

Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...
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