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Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search for Alien Life
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Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search for Alien Life

Steve Desch can see the future of exoplanet research, and it's not pretty.

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 
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Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'We Know the Thing Works Now' 

The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan...

Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars
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Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from...

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution
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Dawn Explores Ceres' Interior Evolution

Surface features on Ceres—the largest world between Mars and Jupiter—and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.

SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs
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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper
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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

For years, Barbara Simons was the loneliest of Cassandras—a technologist who feared what technology had wrought. Her cause was voting: Specifically, she believed...

FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone
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FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what...

The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret
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The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret

A pair of physicists announced the discovery of a subatomic event so powerful that the researchers wondered if it was too dangerous to make public.

Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon
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Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling...

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.
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Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

Wormholes Join Black Holes by Quantum Teleportation
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Wormholes Join Black Holes by Quantum Teleportation

A century after wormholes were first theorized, scientists have posited that passages through space-time can be traversed using a special quantum connection between...

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion
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USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
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Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'

When NASA's Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA's first rover, Sojourner....

Google's AI Wizard Unveils a New Twist on Neural Networks
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Google's AI Wizard Unveils a New Twist on Neural Networks

If you want to blame someone for the hoopla around artificial intelligence, 69-year-old Google researcher Geoff Hinton is a good candidate.

'Twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications
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'Twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications

Researchers have researched "optical angular momentum" to overcome challenges with using "twisted" photons across open spaces and enable advanced wireless communications...

Building Tomorrow's Robots
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Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

The Physics of Time Travel Isn't Just the Stuff of Science Fiction
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The Physics of Time Travel Isn't Just the Stuff of Science Fiction

We're all time travelers nowadays. We project ourselves mentally into the misty past and the risky future.
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