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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.

C Language Update Puts Backward Compatibility First
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C Language Update Puts Backward Compatibility First

A working draft of the standard for the next C programming language revision is available for review. Most changes that have thus far been approved clarify and...

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...

Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass
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Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass

We are all, quite literally, made of star dust. Many of the chemicals that compose our planet and our bodies were formed directly by stars.

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent
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Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough
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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute aims to expand the boundaries of technology and protect people when that technology or its users...

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?
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Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

The use of artificial intelligence in disaster relief is gaining favor as weather-related catastrophes grow in frequency and severity.

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...

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy
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FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S....

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.

'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...

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. ...

Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List
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Upgraded US Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List

The US now can claim the top two machines on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, as Sierra, an IBM machine for nuclear weapons research at Lawrence Livermore...

Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems
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Rough-and-Ready Quantum Memory May Link Disparate Quantum Systems

I'm a simple person. To me, a computer consists of three parts: data that goes in and out, operations that modify the data, and storage that holds the data.
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