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CRISPR Gene Editing Produces Unwanted DNA Deletions
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CRISPR Gene Editing Produces Unwanted DNA Deletions

Researchers have embraced CRISPR gene-editing as a method for altering genomes, but some are cautioning that unwanted DNA changes may slip by undetected.

Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch
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Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up its groundbreaking 11-year mission, which has included two successful extended missions at Ceres, it will continue...

Robot Prototype Will Let You Feel How It's 'Feeling'
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Robot Prototype Will Let You Feel How It's 'Feeling'

Researchers have developed a prototype robot capable of expressing "emotions" by reshaping the texture of its outer surface.

Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures Established for the First Time
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Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures Established for the First Time

Researchers have developed a technique that enables electrical contact to be established with simple molecules in a conventional silicon chip.

Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again
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Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again

Many computer users incorrectly believe private browsing protects them against computer viruses, targeted ads, geolocation, and tracking by employers and governments...

Tech Leaders Sign Global Pledge Against Autonomous Weapons
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Tech Leaders Sign Global Pledge Against Autonomous Weapons

A coalition of technology industry leaders signed a global pledge to neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous...

ACM Affirms Obligation of Computing Professionals to Use Skills for Benefit of Society
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ACM Affirms Obligation of Computing Professionals to Use Skills for Benefit of Society

ACM has completed a two-year process to update its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to address advances in computing technology and the growing pervasiveness...

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat
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The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial...

Hijacking the CryptoMine
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Hijacking the CryptoMine

The lure of easy money leads to explosive growth in cryptojacking.

MIT Researchers Automate Drug Design With Machine Learning
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MIT Researchers Automate Drug Design With Machine Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are using machine learning to automate the process of developing and improving drugs.

Drones Survey African Wildlife
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Drones Survey African Wildlife

Scientists are using drone flights and automated image analysis to develop a new approach to counting animals in the wild.

Rose-Hulman Professor Hopes to Get More Girls in STEM by Studying the Irish
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Rose-Hulman Professor Hopes to Get More Girls in STEM by Studying the Irish

A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology researcher is studying how Ireland's University of Limerick has attracted and retained female computer science students and...

West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa
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West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa

Representatives of the U.S. Military Academy last month promoted science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to 70 gifted students in South Africa...

To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten Up AI in Space
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To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten Up AI in Space

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has done many great things in its decade-plus of service—but initially, it rolled 600 feet past one of the initiative's biggest discoveries...

South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop
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South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop

Scientists and politicians in South Africa are together celebrating the official opening of a gigantic telescope that is already transforming astronomy research...

Color X-Ray Scanner Uses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards
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Color X-Ray Scanner Uses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards

The familiar black-and-white X-ray could soon be replaced with detailed 3D color scans that show everything from fat and bone to metal and soft tissue.

Hacker-Powered Security Is Reaching Critical Mass
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Hacker-Powered Security Is Reaching Critical Mass

Hackers are finding more severe vulnerabilities than ever before, as the total number of high or critical severity vulnerabilities identified increased 22% last...

New Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition
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New Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition

University of Western Australia researchers have developed a three-dimensional facial recognition system.

Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It
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Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It

San Francisco has proposed a $1.9-billion project to build its own high-speed network, to provide Internet access to more than 100,000 residents who lack home connectivity...

Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight
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Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight

The University of Zurich in Switzerland and Intel  jointly developed a method to enable aerial drones to learn to avoid in-flight collisions.
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