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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.

Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing
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Martonosi Sketches a Path for a New Type of Computing

Princeton University professor Margaret Martonosi says quantum computing has reached an inflection point.

Multiplayer Video Games: Researchers Discover Link Between Skill and Intelligence
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Multiplayer Video Games: Researchers Discover Link Between Skill and Intelligence

Researchers have found a connection between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games, and high levels of intelligence.

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...

Improving Clinical Trials With Machine Learning
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Improving Clinical Trials With Machine Learning

Machine learning could improve the ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, and could enable researchers to detect drug effects missed by conventional...

New Quantum Materials Offer Novel Route to 3D Electronic Devices
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New Quantum Materials Offer Novel Route to 3D Electronic Devices

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have demonstrated how the principles of general relativity can open a pathway to novel electronic applications.

Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools
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Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools

The Exascale Computing Project's Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations collaborates to create highly optimized discretization libraries and next-generation...

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.

Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl
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Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl

Researchers have been developing a tool that can take a single image of a face and create an animated version that puts on either a happy, sad, or angry expression...

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.

Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption
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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting,...

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...

Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations
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Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations

Researchers have developed a nanoscale optical "abacus" that uses light signals to perform arithmetic computation.

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...

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order
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China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.
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