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Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer
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Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy has disclosed the details of its newest $500-million supercomputer.

Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels
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Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels

Concern that cars could be hacked by criminals, terrorists, or even rogue governments has prompted a new era of security efforts within the auto industry.

Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is Reminder of Internet's Fragility
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Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is Reminder of Internet's Fragility

Facebook said it has corrected a technical error that caused a nearly 24-hour-long service interruption for Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and other Facebook properties...

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
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Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans
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How the Internet Travels Across Oceans

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data...

India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI
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India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI

The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, is working with Google artificial intelligence scientists to automate the identification of diabetic retinopathy.

Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86
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Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, a self-taught electrical engineer who helped design the first pocket calculator, died on Feb. 27 in Dallas. He was 86.

China's Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces
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China's Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces

Chinese technology companies are developing advanced systems to make certain the country's pigs are in good health.

The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here
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The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here

Top auto shows are increasingly incorporating technology, along with hands-on experiences like driving simulators and virtual reality demos.

AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant
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AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant

Researchers in the U.S. and China have developed a system that uses artificial intelligence to automatically diagnose common childhood conditions.

For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds
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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

Erin Hawley grew up immersed in video games, progressing from Pong on the Atari 2600 to Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis to Tomb Raider on the Sony PlayStation...

The Secret History of Women in Coding
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The Secret History of Women in Coding

Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?

Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.
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Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.

A survey on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some...

U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets
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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran's missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials...

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters
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Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

As recently as Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had brokered a meeting between Amazon executives and union leaders who had been resistant to the deal.

Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI

An artificial intelligence designed by Google's DeepMind unit recently won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction competition.

Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence

You can think of it as a World Cup of biochemical research.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech
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World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

Several world leaders urged global technology regulation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover
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'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA's Opportunity rover began its 15th year on Mars this week, although the intrepid robotic explorer may already be dead.
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