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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 ­p to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse
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Two Giants of AI Team ­p 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.

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.

Banned From the ­s? There's a Robot For That
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Banned From the ­s? There's a Robot For That

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

Russian Hackers Are ­sing 'tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation
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Russian Hackers Are ­sing '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 ­itimate Sequencer
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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the ­itimate 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...

How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them
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How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them

Everyone likes a good space photo.

The Finesse of Flying Cassini Between Saturn's Rings
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The Finesse of Flying Cassini Between Saturn's Rings

The Cassini space probe is going to dive through Saturn's rings again on Wednesday, the third of a planned 22 orbits threading that planetary needle as the probe...

Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm
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Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm

When the cybersecurity industry warns of digital threats to the "internet of things," the targets that come to mind are ill-conceived, insecure consumer products...

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think
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A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird
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Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird

Octopuses are aliens living on Earth.
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