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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands
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Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA's Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth.

Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom
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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom

Researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landa in Germany developed a robotic system that was able to successfully clean at least 80% of the liquid from on and...

Merging Memory and Computation, Programmable Chip Speeds AI, Slashes Power Use
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Merging Memory and Computation, Programmable Chip Speeds AI, Slashes Power Use

Princeton University researchers have constructed a programmable computer chip that incorporates in-memory computing, eliminating the need for processors to retrieve...

Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval
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Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram...

Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy
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Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy

The Christiana Care Health System was awarded the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for its use of virtual reality technology to improve...

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'
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NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'

In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to visit our solar...

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions
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World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight...

Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead
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Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead

D-Wave offers access to a cloud-based quantum application environment.

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 
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Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.

Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars
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Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky.

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way to improve the battery life of mobile devices, by minimizing the power consumption of mobile apps by up to 60%.

New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing
From ACM TechNews

New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing

A new manufacturing technique can keep electronics cooler by as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing faster, more efficient computation.

Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR
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Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR

Dartmouth College researchers have developed battery-free eye-tracking glasses that could enhance augmented reality technologies.

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease
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'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease for the first time.

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space
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NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest...

New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy
From ACM TechNews

New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy

University of California, Riverside scientists have determined how hackers can exploit graphics processing units to expose private data.

Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation
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Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation

Social media companies are struggling to contain new forms of political misinformation on their platforms that bubbled up during this year's midterm elections. ...

Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption
From ACM TechNews

Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption

Researchers have found vulnerabilities in some solid-state drives that allow hackers to circumvent encryption and access local data without knowing the password...
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