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New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them
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New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them

In the most nightmarish drone scenarios, one of the little whirlybirds flies into an airliner, or wanders into military airspace, or swoops down on the White House...

Want a Robot that Can Really Feel? Give It Whiskers
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Want a Robot that Can Really Feel? Give It Whiskers

Among the many reasons humans are bizarre among mammals (the dearth of body hair, the bipedalism, the fact that someone invented the turducken) is a sad shortcoming...

To End Distracted Driving, MIT Figures Out How People Really Drive
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To End Distracted Driving, MIT Figures Out How People Really Drive

Researchers are producing accurate models of people's behavior in cars, in order to shape that behavior to preserve safety.

Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse
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Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse

There's nothing new about worrying that superintelligent machines may endanger humanity, but the idea has lately become hard to avoid.

Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days
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Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days

Last July 4th, NASA's Juno spacecraft slowed its record breaking pace just enough to get caught in the pull of Jupiter's gravity.

This Cellphone Can Make Calls Even Without a Battery
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This Cellphone Can Make Calls Even Without a Battery

Researchers have developed a prototype cellphone that functions without a battery, drawing power from the surrounding environment.

Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser
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Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser

As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity...

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

Facebook Teaches Bots How to Negotiate. They Learn to Lie Instead
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Facebook Teaches Bots How to Negotiate. They Learn to Lie Instead

Newly released code purportedly will enable bots to negotiate.

The Pentagon Looks to Videogames for the Future of War
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The Pentagon Looks to Videogames for the Future of War

The first real computer, the ENIAC, was built in 1946. The first computer war game appeared two years later.

Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook
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Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook

Just when the cybersecurity world thinks it's found the limits of how far Russian hackers will go to meddle in foreign elections, a new clue emerges that suggests...

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
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How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking
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An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking

The limits of silicon have not been reached quite yet.

Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That
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Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference.

Russian Hackers Are Using 'Tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation
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Russian Hackers Are Using 'Tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation

Over the past year, the Kremlin's strategy of weaponizing leaks to meddle with democracies around the world has become increasingly clear, first in the US and more...

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard
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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity. ...

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer
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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling...

Google's AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before
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Google's AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before

Google researchers have found a way to use artificial intelligence to produce entirely new sounds.

The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure
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The Bizarre Quantum Test That Could Keep Your Data Secure

Researchers have been testing the existence of quantum entanglement for several years.

Charles Babbage left a computer program in Turin in 1840.  Here it is.
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Charles Babbage left a computer program in Turin in 1840. Here it is.

In autumn of 1840, Charles Babbage arrived in Turin for a meeting of Italian scientists, where he gave the only public explanation of the workings of his "Analytical...
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