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New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus
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New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the...

Multidisciplinary Team Receives DARPA Award to Develop Novel Magnetic Materials
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Multidisciplinary Team Receives DARPA Award to Develop Novel Magnetic Materials

Researchers have received a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency award to develop novel magnetic materials by unlocking the power of skyrmions.

Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move
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Snake-Inspired Robot Uses Kirigami to Move

Researchers have developed a soft robot without any rigid components that moves like a snake.

Physicists Create New Form of Light
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Physicists Create New Form of Light

Researchers have demonstrated the successful interaction of photons, which could clear a path toward using light particles in quantum computing.

Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System
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Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System

When it comes to data storage, efforts to get faster access grab most of the attention. But long-term archiving of data is equally important, and it generally requires...

In Pursuit of Virtual Life
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In Pursuit of Virtual Life

Scientists are simulating biological organisms and replicating evolution in the lab. How far can they expand the boundaries of virtual life?

The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
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The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data

Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering...

The Geeks Who Put a Stop to Pennsylvania's Partisan Gerrymandering
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The Geeks Who Put a Stop to Pennsylvania's Partisan Gerrymandering

The morning John Kennedy was set to testify last December, he woke up at 1:30 am, in an unfamiliar hotel room in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, adrenaline coursing through...

All-Terrain Microbot Moves by Tumbling Over Complex Topography
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All-Terrain Microbot Moves by Tumbling Over Complex Topography

Researchers have created a "microscale magnetic tumbling robot" propelled by a constantly spinning magnetic field in an end-over-end or sideways tumbling motion...

Lawmakers Worry about Rise of Fake Video Technology 
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Lawmakers Worry about Rise of Fake Video Technology 

Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. Now legislators say they want to start working on fixes...

New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light
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New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light

Researchers from the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute have created a photonic chip that generates and steers single photons.

Open Source Powers Supercomputing
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Open Source Powers Supercomputing

The Top 500 supercomputers in the world run Linux.

Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray
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Astronomers' Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A star-crossed mission nearly 20 years in the making that was intended to seek an answer to the most burning, baffling question in astronomy—and perhaps elucidate...

Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets
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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets

The search for extraterrestrial life is fairly synonymous with the search for life as we know it.

Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
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Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current

The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere—but researchers...

Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers
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Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers

Scientists are investigating silicon as a key ingredient in the creation of scalable quantum computers.

Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate
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Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

Researchers are developing cooperative swarms of tiny robots called smarticles that can collectively perform complex behaviors.

2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
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2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's...

#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones
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#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones

Researchers in Australia have shown that monitoring wildlife using drones is more accurate than traditional counting.

Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'
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Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.
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