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One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine
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One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

In early December, researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google's parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from the frontiers...

A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch
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A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch

Researchers have developed a robotic hand that can play the piano.

A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical ­ses
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A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical ­ses

Slow uptake of driverless passenger services is spurring the autonomous industry to experiment with offerings like food deliveries from small, self-driving vehicles...

All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons
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All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

In one of those exercises that you think should be impossible or perhaps a punishment for some infraction, a team of astronomers has now measured the total amount...

The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.
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The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

The world's leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful...

Smart Headlights Inch Closer to American Roads
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Smart Headlights Inch Closer to American Roads

Adaptive driving beam headlights are not currently permitted in the U.S., but that could soon change. 

Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver
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Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver

Jouarre, a nursing facility outside Paris, is using a robot to help care for elderly patients.

As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans
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As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans

In response to the diminishing supply of immigrant labor, the U.S. agriculture sector is increasingly turning to robots that can do the work traditionally done...

NASA’s Mars InSight Mission Lands on Red Planet's Surface
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NASA’s Mars InSight Mission Lands on Red Planet's Surface

The InSight lander, NASA's latest foray to the red planet, has landed.

Where Will Science Take ­s? To the Stars
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Where Will Science Take ­s? To the Stars

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky.

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

­.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections
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­.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections

The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling...

A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System
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A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System

Among some astronomers, there is a growing suspicion that our solar system's distant reaches conceal a large, ninth planet that we have not yet seen. New findings...

Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map
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Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map

Hidden pyramids and massive fortresses in the jungle. Farms and canals scattered across swamplands.

Hayabusa2 Prepares to Drop Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu
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Hayabusa2 Prepares to Drop Rovers on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is exploring Ryugu, an asteroid thought to contain water ice and other materials from the early solar system.

Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying
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Silicon Valley Takes a (Careful) Step Toward Autonomous Flying

Several Silicon Valley startups are developing technology that can be applied to small helicopters and other passenger aircraft to allow for autonomous flight. ...

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit
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NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft still has 100 million miles to go, but it has taken its first snapshot of the space rock that will be its date for New Year's Day...

As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster
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As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster

Cars need to get faster—not on the road, but on the inside.

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.
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