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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.

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.

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...

Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found
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Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found

A multi-institution team of computer scientists has clarified the first general-purpose method of solving nearest neighbor question for complex data.

Quantum Chains in Graphene Nanoribbons
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Quantum Chains in Graphene Nanoribbons

Researchers at Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have succeeded in adjusting the electronic properties of graphene nanoribbons by varying their...

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.

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker's Dream
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The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker's Dream

At this point, it seems like every so-called consumer smart device—from routers and baby monitors to connected thermostats and garage door openers—has been shown ...

CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail
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CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail

For the first time, scientists have wielded CRISPR to track a mammal's development from a single egg into an embryo with millions of cells.

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You
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Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

I'm not what you'd call a coordinated man, so basketball horrifies me. All the dribbling, all the shooting—all while running and dodging people trying to smack...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
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Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?
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Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?

Chris Monroe's vision for quantum computers is simple: He wants people to use them.

New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 
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New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 

The nightmare scenario for computer security—artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses—may already have arrived.

The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
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The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

The first forensics tools for catching revenge porn and fake news created with AI have been developed through a program run by the US Defense Department.

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...

Brains Keep Temporary Molecular Records Before Making a Lasting Memory 
From ACM Opinion

Brains Keep Temporary Molecular Records Before Making a Lasting Memory 

The first dance at my wedding lasted exactly four minutes and 52 seconds, but I'll probably remember it for decades.
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