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DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna
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DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna

Most people use Google's search-by-image feature to either look for copyright infringement, or for shopping.

Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms
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Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms

Daniel Smalley has long dreamed of building the kind of 3D holograms that pepper science-fiction films.

Combating Data Breach Fatigue
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Combating Data Breach Fatigue

Cyberattacks are so frequent that consumers can experience data breach fatigue, marked by an unwillingness to change passwords or sign up for identity theft protection...

Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?
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Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?

Scientists are exploring multi-robot systems technology.

New Algorithm Identifies 10 Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics Than All Previous Studies
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New Algorithm Identifies 10 Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics Than All Previous Studies

VarQuest is a new computational approach for peptidic natural products identification that could identify about 10 times more of such products than all previous...

Yale Students Design Chrome Extension to Combat Fake News
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Yale Students Design Chrome Extension to Combat Fake News

Open Mind is a new Google Chrome extension designed to combat fake new.

Technologies Support Dementia Patients
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Technologies Support Dementia Patients

A small but growing category of assistive technologies is aimed at people with cognitive disabilities.

Trump Administration Wants to End Nasa Funding For Iss By 2025
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Trump Administration Wants to End Nasa Funding For Iss By 2025

The Trump administration is preparing to end support for the International Space Station program by 2025.

The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'
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The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'

In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur.

Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments
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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Stripe is one of the most popular ways for small online organizations to accept credit card payments. And in 2014 it became one of the first major payment processors...

Trust Me, I'm a Robot
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Trust Me, I'm a Robot

In an interview, Ayanna Howard discusses her work directing the Georgia Institute of Technology's Human-Automation Systems Lab.

Drones Learn to Navigate Autonomously By Imitating Cars and Bicycles
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Drones Learn to Navigate Autonomously By Imitating Cars and Bicycles

The DroNet algorithm enables drones to fly by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments.

Coders Are Shifting to Silicon Valley-Backed Programming Languages
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Coders Are Shifting to Silicon Valley-Backed Programming Languages

Developers are planning to focus on languages created and popularized by Silicon Valley technology companies, according to HackerRank's 2018 Developer Skills Report...

New Autonomous Car Can Handle Snow and Ice
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New Autonomous Car Can Handle Snow and Ice

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Center in Finland have developed a self-driving vehicle designed to maneuver in rough and icy conditions.

Students Use Sandbox to Demonstrate Gravity
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Students Use Sandbox to Demonstrate Gravity

Gravbox is a new augmented reality sandbox developed to help explain how gravity affects objects when they travel through a certain environment.

Mosaic's Birthday: 25 Years of the Modern Web
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Mosaic's Birthday: 25 Years of the Modern Web

Twenty-five years ago, the first release of Mosaic Web browser appeared and the Web, as you know it, began.

AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten Up Thinking Machines
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AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten Up Thinking Machines

Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines even harder to make...

Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware
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Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can't be beat.

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed
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Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.

Intel Halts Some Chip Patches as the Fixes Cause Problems
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Intel Halts Some Chip Patches as the Fixes Cause Problems

The chipmaker's updates were meant to fix the Meltdown and Spectre design flaws, but have been causing computers to unexpectedly reboot.
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