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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye
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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.

This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow
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This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow

The research conducted at the country's National Laboratories is usually highly classified and specifically aimed at solving national security problems. But sometimes...

As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster
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As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster

Cars need to get faster—not on the road, but on the inside.

Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures
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Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures

More than 10,000 crowdsourced algorithms can enable clinically relevant epileptic seizure prediction across a broad spectrum of patients.

LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart
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LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart

University of California, San Diego researchers are developing a Wi-Fi-based system using inexpensive tags that can be stuck to everyday non-electronic objects....

How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind
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How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind

Imagine standing in an elevator as the doors begin to close and suddenly seeing a couple at the end of the corridor running toward you.

Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts
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Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science
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How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science

After being kicked out of a hotel conference room where they had participated in a three-day open-science workshop and hackathon, a group of computer scientists...

Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers
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Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

With gentle pulses from gigantic lasers, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California transformed hydrogen into droplets of shiny liquid metal...

Report: Python Closes In on C++
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Report: Python Closes In on C++

According to the August 2018 TIOBE Index, Python for the first time is closing in on the top three programming languages — Java, C, and C++.

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
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To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt
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LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt

A once-controversial approach to particle physics has entered the mainstream at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real
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RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a virtual reality system to add realism to virtual surgical training.

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
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The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts
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How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts

When the cybersecurity industry warns about the nightmare of hackers causing blackouts, the scenario they describe typically entails an elite team of hackers ...

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
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Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...
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