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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...

Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories
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Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and...

New Algorithm Can Pinpoint Mutations Favored by Natural Selection in Large Sections of the Human Genome
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New Algorithm Can Pinpoint Mutations Favored by Natural Selection in Large Sections of the Human Genome

A new algorithm can identify mutations in the human genome favored by natural selection.

Programming a DNA Clock
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Programming a DNA Clock

Nature is a master at constructing biological machines and circuits, including the ones that maintain the body's internal clock, copy genes or help cells move. ...

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...

The Construction Industry in the 21st Century
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The Construction Industry in the 21st Century

Three-dimensional printing and other new technologies are revitalizing the business of building buildings.

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...

Fake News 'Vaccine': Online Game May 'Inoculate' by Simulating Propaganda Tactics
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Fake News 'Vaccine': Online Game May 'Inoculate' by Simulating Propaganda Tactics

A new online game is designed to provide "general immunity" against fake news and propaganda.

Copycatch
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Copycatch

Researchers in India have created a deep-learning algorithm to help people identify doctored images by focusing on specific areas of the human face.

Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?
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Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?

Researchers in Germany have probed the extent to which autonomous social bots were used on Twitter during Japan's general elections in 2014.

Brain Scan and Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Whether OCD Will Improve With Treatment
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Brain Scan and Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Whether OCD Will Improve With Treatment

Researchers have developed a way to use brain scans and machine learning to predict whether people with obsessive compulsive disorder will benefit from cognitive...

After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced
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After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking...

Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.
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Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.

A.I. experts and pundits have discussed the threats created by the technology for years, but this is among the first efforts to tackle the issue head-on.

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...

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...

Research Team Uncovers Hidden Details in Picasso Blue Period Painting
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Research Team Uncovers Hidden Details in Picasso Blue Period Painting

Researchers used multiple modes of light to reveal hidden details in a painting by Pablo Picasso during his Blue Period.

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...
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