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The AI That Can Write Fake News Stories From Handful of Words
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The AI That Can Write Fake News Stories From Handful of Words

The OpenAI research group has demonstrated artificial intelligence that can compose authentic-looking fake news articles from a few fragments of information.

Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones
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Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones

Researchers have developed software for analyzing energy-generation systems based on kites and drones.

Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars
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Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars

A scientific coalition is urging a ban on the development of weapons governed by artificial intelligence.

Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital
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Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., is the first pediatric hospital to deploy a remote-monitoring virtual liaison robot in its cardiac intensive...

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know
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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

The College Board came up with a surprising conclusion about keys to success for college and life. By Thomas L. Friedman, Opinion Columnist.

Scientist Warns Against Discoveries Made With AI
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Scientist Warns Against Discoveries Made With AI

Inaccurate findings are being made in some areas of biomedical research.

Farmworker vs Robot
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Farmworker vs Robot

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic...

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe
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NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy's...

The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder
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The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

The Secret History of Women in Coding
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The Secret History of Women in Coding

Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?

Gravitational-Wave Observatory LIGO Set to Double Its Detecting Power
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Gravitational-Wave Observatory LIGO Set to Double Its Detecting Power

Spotting gravitational waves is due to become an almost hourly event in the next decade. Starting around 2023, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory...

An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News
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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.
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Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.

A survey on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some...

Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost
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Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost

“Hard” borders could potentially become invisible in the next few years, but practical applications could carry high costs and intrusive electronic surveillance...

Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'
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Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'

Retired National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Warren Washington will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Software Reads Cardiac Data, Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease
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Software Reads Cardiac Data, Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease

New open source software can predict the risk of potentially deadly heart maladies.

Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires
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Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires

The Pentagon has launched a program to use artificial intelligence to analyze data collected by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.

U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets
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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran's missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials...

Six Things to Know About NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover
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Six Things to Know About NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover

After 15 years, the mission of NASA's Opportunity rover has come to an end, but its successes on Mars have earned it a spot in the robot hall of fame. Here's what...

What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained
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What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained

The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.
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