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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...

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.

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel
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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business...

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots
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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.

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...

Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move
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Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move

The advent of technologies that let businesses track, overhear, and monitor employees on company time is raising issues about corporate surveillance.

Big Brother at the Mall
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Big Brother at the Mall

The U.S. Congress is investigating the use of advanced technology to track consumers around brick-and-mortar retailers.

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.

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key
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Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser.

 A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot
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A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot

At almost every wavelength, engineers have electromagnetic antennae that can detect and record the waves and create exotic images of the world at radio, microwave...

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.

New Feature Enables Car to Drive Itself Through a Parking Lot to Pick You Up
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New Feature Enables Car to Drive Itself Through a Parking Lot to Pick You Up

Tesla has unveiled a new feature allowing drivers to remotely call their Tesla car to drive itself through a parking lot to pick them up.

Black Hole Pictured for First Time, in Spectacular Detail
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Black Hole Pictured for First Time, in Spectacular Detail

Astronomers have finally glimpsed the blackness of a black hole. By stringing together a global network of radio telescopes, they have for the first time produced...
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