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Private Messaging Apps Increasingly ­sed for Public Business
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Private Messaging Apps Increasingly ­sed for Public Business

One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.

IBM Pits Computer Against Human Debaters
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IBM Pits Computer Against Human Debaters

In its first public demonstration, IBM tested its Project Debater computer system against two human debaters.

AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten ­p Thinking Machines
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AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten ­p Thinking Machines

Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines even harder to make...

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Scientists Build Dna from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint
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Scientists Build Dna from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.

­S to Create Independent Military Cyber Command
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­S to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes...

Face Scans For ­S Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues
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Face Scans For ­S Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step...

What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers
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What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers

The challenge of understanding drivers' behavior and the quirks of local traffic means the use of autonomous vehicles on public roads will be constrained for many...

Mexico Taking ­S Factory Jobs? Blame Robots Instead
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Mexico Taking ­S Factory Jobs? Blame Robots Instead

Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars
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Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars

Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self...

Cyborg Stingray Swims Toward Light, Breaks New Ground
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Cyborg Stingray Swims Toward Light, Breaks New Ground

The idea of taking apart a rat's heart and transforming it into a tissue-engineered stingray first came to Kevin Kit Parker during a trip to the New England Aquarium...

Scientists Work Toward Storing Digital Information in Dna
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Scientists Work Toward Storing Digital Information in Dna

Scientists are exploring the potential of custom-built DNA as a long-term data storage solution.

Having Stomach Troubles? Try Swallowing an Origami Robot
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Having Stomach Troubles? Try Swallowing an Origami Robot

Has your child swallowed a small battery? In the future, a tiny robot made from pig gut could capture it and expel it.

Dartmouth Contest Shows Computers Aren't Such Good Poets
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Dartmouth Contest Shows Computers Aren't Such Good Poets

In a yearlong Dartmouth College competition, a three-judge panel tried to distinguish between machine- and human-produced sonnets. 

Ready, Set, Think! Mind-Controlled Drones Race to the Future
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Ready, Set, Think! Mind-Controlled Drones Race to the Future

The University of Florida last week hosted what it called the world's first drone race involving brain-computer interfaces. 

Cockroach-Like Robots May Be the Future of Disaster Help
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Cockroach-Like Robots May Be the Future of Disaster Help

The Compressible Robot with Articulated Mechanisms is a mini-robot that can mimic the cockroach's remarkable strength and agility. 

An Icky New Hero: Roach-Like Robots May Help in Disasters
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An Icky New Hero: Roach-Like Robots May Help in Disasters

When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.

New Auto Safety Technologies Leave Some Drivers Bewildered
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New Auto Safety Technologies Leave Some Drivers Bewildered

Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology.

Hidden Gps Devices to Track Suspects Raise Legal Concerns
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Hidden Gps Devices to Track Suspects Raise Legal Concerns

For months, police trying to solve a Long Island robbery spree had little more to go on than grainy surveillance footage of a man in a hoodie and black ski mask...

'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches
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'next Gen Stats' Offer New Insights For Nfl Fans and Coaches

As Richard Sherman sprints side-by-side with Calvin Johnson, who is running faster?
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