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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets
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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets

The search for extraterrestrial life is fairly synonymous with the search for life as we know it.

Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
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Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current

The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere—but researchers...

Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers
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Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building Ubiquitous Quantum Computers

Scientists are investigating silicon as a key ingredient in the creation of scalable quantum computers.

$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers
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$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers

Indiana University is launching a $1.2-million project examining why women make up such a relatively small percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...

ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education
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ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education

The International Society for Technology in Education and Code.org have formed a partnership to create more opportunities for educators interested in teaching computer...

Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate
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Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

Researchers are developing cooperative swarms of tiny robots called smarticles that can collectively perform complex behaviors.

2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
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2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's...

#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones
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#EpicDuckChallenge Shows We Can Count on Drones

Researchers in Australia have shown that monitoring wildlife using drones is more accurate than traditional counting.

Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'
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Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.

These Perfectly Imperfect Diamonds Are Built for Quantum Physics
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These Perfectly Imperfect Diamonds Are Built for Quantum Physics

In the mid-2000S, diamonds were the hot new thing in physics. It wasn't because of their size, color, or sparkle, though.

Can a Cockroach Teach a Robot How to Scurry Across Rugged Terrain?
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Can a Cockroach Teach a Robot How to Scurry Across Rugged Terrain?

Researchers aim to build robots with cockroach-inspired behavior.

A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers
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A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers

A new algorithm can identify who is swiping a smartphone screen, which could lead to child-proof devices.

Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things
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Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things

A new chip performs public-key encryption while consuming only 1/400 as much power as software execution of the same protocols would.

Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, Ariz., cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones...

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating
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New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and...

Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses
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Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses

U.S. universities are starting to offer ethics courses relating to computer science.

Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides
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Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides

AccuMM is a new automated solution for the long-term monitoring of landslides.

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage
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Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Researchers are moving toward commercializing skyrmion-based magnetic data storage by electrically detecting for the first time a single skyrmion at room temperature...
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