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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data
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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.

New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

The U.S. construction industry aims to restore its workforce by attracting younger replacements who grew up playing PC games.

Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 
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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear...

NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes
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NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

On its final flyby of Saturn's largest moon in 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere...

A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools
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A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools

A new robotic system can figure out at least the first principles of tool use, through a combination of experimentation and observation.

The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral
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The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

Before the tragedy seen all around the world, flames leaping from the top of Notre-Dame Cathedral, there was a smaller one, thousands of miles away in upstate New...

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'
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Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'

Scientists working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called "the clay-bearing unit" since before the spacecraft launched.

Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security
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Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security

Researchers have demonstrated a technique that will help pairs of entangled photons smoothly navigate optical fibers, enabling stronger cybersecurity.

Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport
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Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport

Frankfurt Airport in Germany is the site of a six-week trial of a robotic head powered by artificial intelligence as an information resource for travelers.

Smart Phone Tricks
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Smart Phone Tricks

Researchers refine ways users can interact with a touchscreen.

Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow
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Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow

The first Avengers flick hit its dramatic peak when an alien army descended upon New York via a wormhole in the sky.

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.

Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra
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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of...

Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver
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Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver

U.K. startup Wayve said it has created an autonomous vehicle that can learn to drive the way a human does, through trial and error, using cameras and satellite...

Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman
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Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman

Scientists have revealed the first-ever image of a black hole. The picture is the result of a global collaboration in which scientists linked together telescopes...

How China's Huawei Took the Lead Over U.S. Companies in 5G Technology
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How China's Huawei Took the Lead Over U.S. Companies in 5G Technology

As U.S. officials have pressured allies not to use networking gear from Chinese technology giant Huawei over spying concerns, President Trump has urged American...

A Healthy Dose of Wearables
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A Healthy Dose of Wearables

Smart watches and other wearables are evolving into medical devices that will drive significant changes in healthcare.

Mars Methane Hunt Comes Up Empty, Flummoxing Scientists
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Mars Methane Hunt Comes Up Empty, Flummoxing Scientists

A spacecraft that was supposed to solve the mystery of methane on Mars has instead compounded scientists' confusion.
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