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NASA Asks Scientists How Its Lander Should Look for Life on Europa
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NASA Asks Scientists How Its Lander Should Look for Life on Europa

NASA is in various stages of planning two multi-billion dollar missions to Jupiter's intriguing, ice-covered moon of Europa.

Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now
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Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."

Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer
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Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer

One of the near-term (but somewhat irrelevant) goals of quantum computing is something called quantum supremacy.

What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond User Data
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What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond User Data

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations regarding the exposure of profile data for millions of users, Facebook is now facing an investigation into its...

Five New Ancient Genomes Tell Us About Neanderthal Tribes
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Five New Ancient Genomes Tell Us About Neanderthal Tribes

Mezmaiskaya Cave offered shelter to Neanderthals for tens of thousands of years. The cave, located near Russia's border with Georgia, preserved Neanderthal remains...

Developers Love Trendy New Languages but Earn More with Functional Programming
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Developers Love Trendy New Languages but Earn More with Functional Programming

Developer Q&A site Stack Overflow performs an annual survey to find out more about the programmer community, and the latest set of results has just been published...

Why U.S. 'Cyber-Warriors' Can't Do Anything About Russian 'Cyber-Meddling'
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Why U.S. 'Cyber-Warriors' Can't Do Anything About Russian 'Cyber-Meddling'

In testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, National Security Agency Director and US Cyber Command Commander Admiral Michael Rogers told...

How Did Life Begin? It's Chemistry 101, but in Space
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How Did Life Begin? It's Chemistry 101, but in Space

How did life start? There may not be a bigger question.

AI Trained to Spot Heart Disease Risks Using Retina Scan
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AI Trained to Spot Heart Disease Risks Using Retina Scan

The idea behind using a neural network for image recognition is that you don't have to tell it what to look for in an image.

Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System
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Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System

When it comes to data storage, efforts to get faster access grab most of the attention. But long-term archiving of data is equally important, and it generally requires...

Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets
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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets

The search for extraterrestrial life is fairly synonymous with the search for life as we know it.

Vulnerable Industrial Controls Directly Connected to Internet? Why Not?
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Vulnerable Industrial Controls Directly Connected to Internet? Why Not?

Siemens issued an update to a year-old product vulnerability warning for its SIMATIC S7-300 and S7-400 families of programmable logic controllers (PLCs)—industrial...

Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments
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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Stripe is one of the most popular ways for small online organizations to accept credit card payments. And in 2014 it became one of the first major payment processors...

The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged from the Freezer
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The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged from the Freezer

After spending three months at a temperature of just 20 degrees Celsius above absolute zero, the massive James Webb Space Telescope emerged from a large vacuum...

Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?
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Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?

Joseph Coughlin has been director of the MIT AgeLab ever since he founded it in 1999. In his new book, The Longevity Economy, he contends that old age—much like...

Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It
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Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It

The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, with particularly...

Stealth Turns 40: Looking Back at the First Flight of Have Blue
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Stealth Turns 40: Looking Back at the First Flight of Have Blue

On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada.

'malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, Crowdstrike Finds
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'malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, Crowdstrike Finds

Despite the rise of massive crypto-ransomware attacks, an even more troubling trend emerged in data gathered by the security firm CrowdStrike this past year and...

Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms
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Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms

On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean...

Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion
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Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.
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