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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets
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Oxygen Ions May Be an Easy-to-Track Sign of Life on Exoplanets

The search for extraterrestrial life is fairly synonymous with the search for life as we know it.

Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
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Ocean-Wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current

The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere—but researchers...

2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
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2 Years After FBI vs. Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's...

Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'
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Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.

Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, Ariz., cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones...

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating
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New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and...

Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?
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Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?

Python is currently the most popular language in the data science exploration and development stage.

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World
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Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.

As China Marches Forward on  A.I., the White House Is Silent
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As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa
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Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa

Data scientists in South Africa are readying themselves for a flood of information that is due to crash over them when the country's biggest radio telescope doubles...

The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time
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The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time

At precisely three minutes and thirty seconds before two o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, April 10, 1896, on a bridge in the Greek town of Marathon, an army...

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
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Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.

How Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too
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How Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too

What if you could grow vegetables in half the time? What if a surgeon could see cancerous cells throughout an entire operation? What if solar panels could become...

China: Police Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses
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China: Police Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses

The Chinese government is equipping its police with real-time facial-recognition sunglasses to instantly locate criminals in crowds.

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats
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How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats

After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly...

Mind the Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, and Magnets
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Mind the Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, and Magnets

The field of cybersecurity is obsessed with preventing and detecting breaches, finding every possible strategy to keep hackers from infiltrating your digital inner...

NASA Tests Atomic Clock For Deep Space Navigation
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NASA Tests Atomic Clock For Deep Space Navigation

In deep space, accurate timekeeping is vital to navigation, but many spacecraft lack precise timepieces on board.

Inside North Korea's Hacker Army
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Inside North Korea's Hacker Army

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul's Gangnam district: smartphone...

Can Computers Learn Like Humans?
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Can Computers Learn Like Humans?

The world of artificial intelligence has exploded in recent years. Computers armed with AI do everything from drive cars to pick movies you'll probably like.
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