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Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers
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Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

With gentle pulses from gigantic lasers, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California transformed hydrogen into droplets of shiny liquid metal...

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
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Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter
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A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in...

'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace
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'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace

The technology is still in its infancy, but it will get better, learning as it goes.

Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians
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Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians

Four mathematicians have been named to receive the Fields Medal, regarded as one of the highest honors a mathematician can receive.

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
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Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country's censorship and online hacking.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
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Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company ...

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can
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How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can

A robotic hand? Four autonomous fingers and a thumb that can do anything your own flesh and blood can do? That is still the stuff of fantasy.

Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve
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Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve

The mind-reading headsets won't read minds.

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.
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Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.

Researchers have developed a rotary actuated dodecahedron sampler, a device for studying soft sea creatures such as jellyfish or squid in their natural habitats...

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State
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Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into...

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War
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How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole
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Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole

It was the smallest bullet you could possibly imagine, a subatomic particle weighing barely more than a thought, and a cosmic blunderbuss, a supermassive black...

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms
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Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities...

Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras
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Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station.

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.
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It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

U.K. researchers have created a virtual reality environment that allows biochemists studying a molecule to perform tasks nearly 10 times faster than on a screen...

Silicon Valley's Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge
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Silicon Valley's Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge

When you step off the train here and walk into the city square outside the railway station, you will not see the spires of King's College Chapel or the turrets...

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.
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It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

There was a time when biochemists had a lot in common with sculptors.

Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants
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Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants

Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. It could be just what Wall...
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