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Here's How to Track the Smartphone Apps That Are Tracking You
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Here's How to Track the Smartphone Apps That Are Tracking You

Two complementary research projects plan to cooperate further to help smartphone users monitor how apps handle their personally identifiable information.

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo Is Retiring After Beating the World's Best Human Players
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Google DeepMind's AlphaGo Is Retiring After Beating the World's Best Human Players

Google's DeepMind unit has announced the retirement of its AlphaGo software after it won a three-game match against Chinese Go champion Ke Jie.

High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars
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High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had liquid water for a long...

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?
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Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence...

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand
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New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside...

Heads Up: Augmented Reality Prepares for the Battlefield
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Heads Up: Augmented Reality Prepares for the Battlefield

At last week's Pentagon Lab Day in Washington, DC, the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) and Army Research...

Russian Hackers Are Using 'Tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation
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Russian Hackers Are Using 'Tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation

Over the past year, the Kremlin's strategy of weaponizing leaks to meddle with democracies around the world has become increasingly clear, first in the US and more...

What Self-Driving Cars See
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What Self-Driving Cars See

Giant tech companies are fighting over the technology in court. Start-ups around the world are racing to develop new versions of it. And engineers say it is essential...

Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro
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Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a robotic dance instructor.

NSA Says New Encryption Standards Needed to Resist Quantum Computing
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NSA Says New Encryption Standards Needed to Resist Quantum Computing

The U.S. National Security Agency is developing encryption standards to withstand quantum computing.

Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers
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Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers

Researchers have developed a new method that could help lead to the development of practical, diamond-based quantum computing devices.

Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing
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Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing

Google researchers say they plan to demonstrate "quantum supremacy" by year's end.

Russian Researchers Claim First Quantum-Safe Blockchain
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Russian Researchers Claim First Quantum-Safe Blockchain

The Russian Quantum Center announced the creation of the first quantum-safe blockchain for securing cryptocurrencies and classified government communications and...

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission
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A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized...

That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales
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That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales

During a private meeting in the Oval Office earlier this month, President Donald Trump is understood to have disclosed highly classified intelligence to two senior...

Emojis: How We Assign Meaning to These Ever-Popular Symbols
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Emojis: How We Assign Meaning to These Ever-Popular Symbols

Researchers have analyzed the use of emojis by 1 million users via more than 1.2 billion messages.

Stanford Scholars, Researchers Discuss Key Ethical Questions Self-Driving Cars Present
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Stanford Scholars, Researchers Discuss Key Ethical Questions Self-Driving Cars Present

Stanford University scholars discuss the challenging ethical ramifications of driverless vehicles.

UIUC Gets $100K Grant for Supporting Women in Computer Science
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UIUC Gets $100K Grant for Supporting Women in Computer Science

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently received the $100,000 grand prize of the National Center for Women in Information Technology NEXT Award....

How to Prevent 3D Printing Hacks? Install Secret Flaws and Share the Decoder Ring
From ACM TechNews

How to Prevent 3D Printing Hacks? Install Secret Flaws and Share the Decoder Ring

Researchers say they have developed techniques manufacturers can use to thwart intellectual property thieves.
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