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Major Companies Are Using AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone
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Major Companies Are Using AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone

Many large companies around the world use artificial intelligence-based software to manage millions of call-center conversations.

NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie
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NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie

NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie—a mosaic made up of 11 images.

Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat...

Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit
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Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

After snapping the final piece into place with a satisfying "click" she feels through her spacesuit gloves, the astronaut pauses to appreciate the view.

Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
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NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere, the protective...

New Technology Helps the Visually Impaired Reach for the Stars
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New Technology Helps the Visually Impaired Reach for the Stars

Researchers have developed an app that helps the visually impaired navigate the stars and planets in the solar system.  

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...

NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds
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NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the...

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
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DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do...

An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care
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An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Captain America and Black Panther were about to defend Earth from the villain Thanos when Kevin Foley first noticed something was wrong.

The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25
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The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago this week, NASA held its collective breath as seven astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour caught up with the Hubble Space Telescope 353 miles...

These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building
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These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building

Some 100,000 years ago, when Neanderthals still occupied the caves of southern Europe, a star was born.

The Friendship That Made Google Huge
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The Friendship That Made Google Huge

Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer)...

All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons
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All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

In one of those exercises that you think should be impossible or perhaps a punishment for some infraction, a team of astronomers has now measured the total amount...

Amazon Sets About Speeding Up Space Data Processing in the Cloud With AWS Ground Stations
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Amazon Sets About Speeding Up Space Data Processing in the Cloud With AWS Ground Stations

Amazon Web Services is creating a managed network of ground stations to boost the efficiency of processing data from orbiting space satellites and moving it to...

AI a Focus as U.S. Preps Export Controls
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AI a Focus as U.S. Preps Export Controls

The U.S. Commerce Department has called for input by Dec. 19 on which of 14 emerging technologies should face export controls.

The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles
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The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles

Are pizza delivery guys destined to be so 20th century?

The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.
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The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

The world's leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful...
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