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How Traveling Back In Time Could Really, Physically Be Possible
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How Traveling Back In Time Could Really, Physically Be Possible

It's one of the greatest tropes in movies, literature, and television shows: the idea that we could travel back in time to alter the past.

NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
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NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt

A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula...

New Way to Write Magnetic Info Could Pave the Way for Hardware Neural Networks
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New Way to Write Magnetic Info Could Pave the Way for Hardware Neural Networks

A new method for writing magnetic information in any pattern uses a very small magnetic probe known as a magnetic force microscope.

Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?
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Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?

Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and...

How Disinformation and Distortions on Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide
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How Disinformation and Distortions on Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

Internet freedom is on the decline for the seventh consecutive year as governments around the world take to distorting information on social media in order to influence...

As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors
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As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape...

Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search for Alien Life
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Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search for Alien Life

Steve Desch can see the future of exoplanet research, and it's not pretty.

Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing
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Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing

Princeton University professor Margaret Martonosi says quantum computing has reached an inflection point.

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 
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Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 

The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan...

Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars
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Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from...

The Power of AI in the Sky
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The Power of AI in the Sky

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to sift massive amounts of big data in support of astronomy projects.

Defining a New Model for Cybersecurity Trust With Blockchain
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Defining a New Model for Cybersecurity Trust With Blockchain

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's David Shrier recently detailed the MIT Trust::Data Consortium's efforts to build new systems that rethink data sharing...

CMU Software Assembles RNA Transcripts More Accurately
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CMU Software Assembles RNA Transcripts More Accurately

Scallop is a new, more accurate computational method for reconstructing full-length nucleotide sequences of the RNA products in cells.

Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future
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Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future

The mechanism the fruit fly brain employs to identify olfactory similarities could inform the design of future search algorithms.

Researcher Seeks to Tame 'Ghost' of Uncertainty in Complex Dynamic Systems
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Researcher Seeks to Tame 'Ghost' of Uncertainty in Complex Dynamic Systems

University of Kansas professor Huazhen Fang is leading research to address "unstructured uncertainty"  in the quest to develop accurate predictive mathematical...

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
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Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution

Surface features on Ceres—the largest world between Mars and Jupiter—and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.

Highly Flexible Organic Flash Memory for Foldable and Disposable Electronics
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Highly Flexible Organic Flash Memory for Foldable and Disposable Electronics

A new ultra-flexible organic flash memory can be applied to non-conventional substrates, such as plastics and papers.
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