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Dronebuster Will Let You Point and Shoot Command Hacks at Pesky Drones
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Dronebuster Will Let You Point and Shoot Command Hacks at Pesky Drones

Anti-drone technology has been high on the shopping list of public safety and military organizations at least since a drunken federal employee crashed a drone onto...

China Quietly Targets U.S. Tech Companies in Security Reviews
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China Quietly Targets U.S. Tech Companies in Security Reviews

Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential...

Light-Controlled Genes and Neurons Poised for Clinical Trials
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Light-Controlled Genes and Neurons Poised for Clinical Trials

Every time something poked its foot, the mouse jumped in pain.

Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online
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Scan Your Doodles to Find the Perfect Matching Photo Online

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed software that can scan hand-drawn sketches and search for a photograph that looks like them. ...

Mobile Apps and Games Are Also Energy Thieves
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Mobile Apps and Games Are Also Energy Thieves

Linkoping University's Ekhiotz Jon Vergara has determined the energy consumption of apps on smartphones depends the amount of data transmitted and how it is sent...

Shape-Shifting Modular Interactive Device Unveiled
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Shape-Shifting Modular Interactive Device Unveiled

Cubimorph is a newly developed interactive mobile device that can change shape on demand. 

Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching Us All
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Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching Us All

Researchers at Princeton University say they have conducted the largest study yet on the technology that tracks people's movements around the Web. 

Silicon Valley's Tech Workforce Diversity Has Long Way to Go, Say Feds
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Silicon Valley's Tech Workforce Diversity Has Long Way to Go, Say Feds

Much progress remains before Silicon Valley's technology industry has a truly diverse workforce, says an analysis by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence
From ACM News

How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence

The possibility that a malevolent artificial intelligence might pose a serious threat to humankind has become a hotly debated issue.

Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First
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Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First

Imagine you are driving on a highway late at night when a big-rig truck closes in behind you.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs
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Soon We Won't Program Computers. We'll Train Them Like Dogs

Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box.

Robot's In-Hand Eye Maps Surroundings, Determines Hand's Location
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Robot's In-Hand Eye Maps Surroundings, Determines Hand's Location

Researchers have developed a new technology that includes a camera attached to a robot's hand that can rapidly create a three-dimensional model of its environment...

Abstinence May Not Be the Best Policy for Avoiding Online Risk
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Abstinence May Not Be the Best Policy for Avoiding Online Risk

A recent study found permitting teenagers to develop their own strategies for coping with risky online situations may be a better strategy than banning Internet...

Gentle Strength for Robots
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Gentle Strength for Robots

Researchers have developed an elastic actuator that is compliant and small enough to be integrated in robots. 

Fighting the Zika Virus With the Power of Supercomputing
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Fighting the Zika Virus With the Power of Supercomputing

Rutgers University researchers are taking a lead role in an IBM-sponsored World Community Grid project to identify potential drug candidates to cure the Zika virus...

Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance
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Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even...

You Can Hear the Future Calling
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You Can Hear the Future Calling

Hearables are not your father’s earphones, limited to taking calls and listening to music.

Technique Makes Holograms Highly Efficient, Secure
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Technique Makes Holograms Highly Efficient, Secure

Harvard University researchers have programmed polarization into compact holograms.

What the New Science of Touch Says about Ourselves
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What the New Science of Touch Says about Ourselves

On a bitter, soul-shivering, damp, biting gray February day in Cleveland—that is to say, on a February day in Cleveland—a handless man is handling a nonexistent...
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