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Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua
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Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as "a red...

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Small farms are starting to upgrade to high-tech operations.

3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants
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3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants

Face transplants are a proving ground for medical applications of three-dimensional printing and imaging.

Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon
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Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

While black holes themselves swallow any light beyond their event horizon, the area outside the event horizon tends to emit lots of light.

Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm
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Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm

Major wireless providers are facing new scrutiny into their privacy practices after a bombshell report sparked a public outcry and questions from lawmakers.

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

About 150 Jersey cows in the rolling terrain at Rivendale Farms in Bulger, some 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, wear Fitbit-like collars that monitor their movement...

'ANYmal' Robot Stalks Dark Sewers to Test Its Navigation
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'ANYmal' Robot Stalks Dark Sewers to Test Its Navigation

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland are working to help a seeing, hearing, door-opening robot function in extreme conditions.

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel
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The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

Commuters inching through rush-hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey don't know it, but a technology likely to be the future...

Flexible Displays Enter the Picture
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Flexible Displays Enter the Picture

Engineers have long attempted to develop flexible displays and devices. The technology is finally becoming a reality.

STEM Instruction: How Much There Is, Who Gets It
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STEM Instruction: How Much There Is, Who Gets It

A survey found U.S. students and teachers continue to experience unequal access to science, technology, engineering, and math classes and resources.

Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do
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Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do

Autonomous vehicles that transport people get lots of media coverage, but autonomous delivery could transform all of retail long before self-driving cars actually...

Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up and Geologists Don't Know Why
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Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up and Geologists Don't Know Why

Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth's north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron...

Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routes
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Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routes

Researchers have produced a comprehensive analysis of Wyoming's big game migration patterns, using improved Global Positioning System technology.

German Supplier Unveils New Self-Driving Car Computer, Adds Xilinx Chips
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German Supplier Unveils New Self-Driving Car Computer, Adds Xilinx Chips

German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG launched its newest self-driving car computer at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA's TESS Keeps Counting More
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Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA's TESS Keeps Counting More

NASA's new planet-hunting machine, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is racking up scores of alien worlds.

Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions
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Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions

If our knowledge of galaxy structures was limited to the Milky Way, we'd get a lot of things wrong. The Milky Way, it turns out, is unusual.

Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny
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Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as...

B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat
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B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat

B-Secur's HeartKey technology allows users to unlock and start their cars via the unique beating pattern of their heart.

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre
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The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Throughout 2018, researchers found exploitable weaknesses related to "speculative execution" vulnerabilities.

The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare
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The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare

In the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, American military planners began to worry about the threat to US warplanes posed by new, radar-guided missile defenses...
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