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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report
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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed multiple contacts among Russian operatives and associates of President Trump in the report made public Thursday....

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.

Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 
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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear...

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...

The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral
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The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

Before the tragedy seen all around the world, flames leaping from the top of Notre-Dame Cathedral, there was a smaller one, thousands of miles away in upstate New...

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

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.

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.

 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...

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.

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...

Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage
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Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage

The 5G wireless technology now being introduced by phone companies promises to bring a world of innovations to mobile service—from connected appliances to self-driving...

In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe
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In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe

On the evening of March 19, the mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck gathered with revelers at the Institute for Advanced Study for a champagne reception.

Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu
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Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu

For the past year, space probe Hayabusa2 has pelted asteroid Ryugu with bouncing probes, shot a bullet at it, and taken a bite of it—all for science.

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable
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How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

Google says the fiber optic cable it's building across the Atlantic Ocean will be the fastest of its kind.
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