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Astronomers Creep ­p to the Edge of the Milky Way's Black Hole
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Astronomers Creep ­p to the Edge of the Milky Way's Black Hole

For the first time, scientists have spotted something wobbling around the black hole at the core of our galaxy.

Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome
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Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome

Pinpointing where and how the human genome is evolving can be like hunting for a needle in a haystack.

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate
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Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate

In 2015, the U.S. Naval Academy decided that its graduates needed to return to the past and learn how to navigate using the stars.

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways
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Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways

Nearly two-thirds of the social media bots with political activity on Twitter before the 2016 U.S. presidential election supported Donald Trump.

Wormholes Could be Portals to Other ­niverses
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Wormholes Could be Portals to Other ­niverses

Wormholes are theoretical objects that could serve as portals between two points in space and time. Some believe they could even act as passageways to other universes...

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
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Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events

Last week, as thousands of Central American migrants made their way northward through Mexico, walking a treacherous route toward the US border, talk of "the caravan...

Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning
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Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning

What if you stopped learning after graduation? It sounds stultifying, but that is how most machine-learning systems are trained.

The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits
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The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits

On a cold morning in Minneapolis last December, a man walked into a research centre to venture where only pigs had gone before: into the strongest magnetic resonance...

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

When you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but the world starts to look more interesting if your hammer can change shape.

Computer Theorists Show Path to Verifying that Quantum Beats Classical
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Computer Theorists Show Path to Verifying that Quantum Beats Classical

There have been parallel efforts to find a way to prove that quantum supremacy has been achieved.

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet
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Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission...

The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks
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The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates
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China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology....

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
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With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers
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Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers

The fibre-optic cables that carry Internet traffic can also be used for a powerful form of the strange phenomenon known as quantum teleportation.

Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store
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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store

A future 'quantum internet' could find use long before it reaches technological maturity, a team of physicists predicts.

Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together
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Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together

Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer, according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail....

Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues
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Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues

Evolution is a trip. On the one hand, it's a seemingly simple mechanism—those best fitted to their environment have more babies, while less fit individuals don't...

Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites
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Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites

NASA's next Mars rover—the first to gather rock samples meant to come back to Earth—should dream big and visit as many places on the red planet as possible, scientists...
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