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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes
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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building...

Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain
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Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains
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Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley
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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch
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Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch

Rubberized electronics and sensors that function normally when stretched up to half of their length could operate as artificial skin on robots.

Congressional Redistricting Less Contentious When Resolved Using Computer Algorithm
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Congressional Redistricting Less Contentious When Resolved Using Computer Algorithm

Researchers at the University of Illinois have proposed a computer algorithm that could ease congressional districting and make the process fairer for constituents...

Inside the Equifax Hack
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Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

Connecting Up the Global Quantum Internet
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Connecting Up the Global Quantum Internet

Researchers say they have taken a major step in building the practical components of a global quantum Internet.

Kathy Yelick Charts the Promise and Progress of Exascale Science
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Kathy Yelick Charts the Promise and Progress of Exascale Science

ACM Fellow Kathy Yelick of the University of California, Berkeley, discusses the scientific applications fueling exascale computing.

Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans
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Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans

Everyone knows that distracted driving is a problem, but it tends to fall in the "other people/not me" category of personal risk assessment among drivers.

Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore
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Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore

Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his forearms.   ...

Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . .  How AI Protects Us
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects Us

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

Computational Tool Recognizes Filamentary Sections of Neurons and Blood Vessels
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Computational Tool Recognizes Filamentary Sections of Neurons and Blood Vessels

Researchers in Singapore have developed a computational tool for faster and more reliable screening and diagnosis of vascular and neurological conditions.

IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers
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IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers

Recent experiments utilized a method that could enable quantum computers to perform  calculations beyond the capabilities of today's most powerful supercomputers...

Fitness Trackers Could Benefit From Better Security
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Fitness Trackers Could Benefit From Better Security

A security analysis of two wearable fitness trackers revealed a technique for intercepting messages transmitted between the trackers and cloud servers.

To Improve Smartphone Privacy, Control Access to Third-Party Libraries
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To Improve Smartphone Privacy, Control Access to Third-Party Libraries

Researchers suggest controlling access to third-party libraries will help limit the undesired exposure of personal information by smartphone applications.

No Strings Attached for Underwater Video System
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No Strings Attached for Underwater Video System

Researchers in Saudi Arabia say they have developed a flexible underwater wireless video system.

U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage
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U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage

The U.S. government on Wednesday moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored...

First On-Chip Nanoscale Optical Quantum Memory Developed
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First On-Chip Nanoscale Optical Quantum Memory Developed

Researchers say they have developed the first computer chip with nanoscale optical quantum memory.
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