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Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon
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Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

While black holes themselves swallow any light beyond their event horizon, the area outside the event horizon tends to emit lots of light.

A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost Unprecedented Scale
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A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost Unprecedented Scale

Federal authorities and private researchers are warning companies about a wave of domain hijacking attacks.

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions
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Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions

If our knowledge of galaxy structures was limited to the Milky Way, we'd get a lot of things wrong. The Milky Way, it turns out, is unusual.

How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images
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How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images

Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type "beach," and see my photos from various beaches I've visited over the last decade.

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...

NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Use AI to Be a Better Science Partner
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Use AI to Be a Better Science Partner

NASA can't yet put a scientist on Mars. But in its next rover mission to the Red Planet, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hoping to use artificial intelligence...

More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation
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More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation

Ask anyone what they think of when the words "artificial intelligence" and aviation are combined, and it's likely the first things they'll mention are drones.

Nailing Down the Nature of 'Oumuamua; It's Probably a Comet, but . . .
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Nailing Down the Nature of 'Oumuamua; It's Probably a Comet, but . . .

Shortly before Halloween, the chairman of Harvard's astronomy department openly declared that an interstellar object hurtling through our Solar System might just...

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?
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The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that...

Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks
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Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.

Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems
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Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems

I'm a simple person. To me, a computer consists of three parts: data that goes in and out, operations that modify the data, and storage that holds the data.

Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys
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Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys

Side-channel leak in Skylake and Kaby Lake chips probably affects AMD CPUs, too.

NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model
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NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model

The nation's weather and climate organization, NOAA, has appointed a new director of its Environmental Modeling Center.

Turbulence, the Oldest Unsolved Problem in Physics
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Turbulence, the Oldest Unsolved Problem in Physics

Werner Heisenberg won the 1932 Nobel Prize for helping to found the field of quantum mechanics and developing foundational ideas like the Copenhagen interpretation...

Two Japanese Robots Are Now Happily Hopping on an Asteroid
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Two Japanese Robots Are Now Happily Hopping on an Asteroid

More than 24 hours after they were released by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft to fly down to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, the Japanese Space Agency has finally...

Top Drone: Reaper Scores Drone Kill in Air-to-Air Missile Test
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Top Drone: Reaper Scores Drone Kill in Air-to-Air Missile Test

The US Air Force has revealed that an MQ-9 Reaper uncrewed aircraft successfully shot down a smaller drone with a heat-seeking air-to-air missile in a test last...

What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament
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What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament

Legislation now goes to a three-way negotiation within the EU.

This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly
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This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly

Flying insects like bees, dragonflies, and fruit flies can perform impressive aerodynamic feats, particularly when seeking to evade predators or the swatting motion...

Engineering Tour de Force Births Programmable Optical Quantum Computer
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Engineering Tour de Force Births Programmable Optical Quantum Computer

There comes a moment in every physicist's life when they think the unthinkable: I wish I were an engineer. I suspect this thought crossed the minds of the 14-odd...
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