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A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt
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A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt

The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule—the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons...

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before
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Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before

Researchers have developed a system that allows robots to do many different pick-and-place tasks, without having ever seen the objects with which they are interacting...

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

Soft Robots Look to New Environments
From Communications of the ACM

Soft Robots Look to New Environments

These non-standard automatons appear best suited for applications under water and in space.

The Future of Data Storage
From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Data Storage

Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains the most viable, dependable medium.

Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions
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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after...

Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer
From ACM TechNews

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy has disclosed the details of its newest $500-million supercomputer.

How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral
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How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph—however appalling—of human ingenuity over computerized systems...

A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light
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A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light

Back in 2016, the physicist Stephen Hawking and the billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a plan to travel to the stars. The so-called Breakthrough Starshot project...

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises
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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting...

UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory
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UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory

Researchers in Australia are combining their quantum computing powers, uniting methods designed by researchers at each university to prove their feasibility.

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices
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The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not...

Sensor Cited as Potential Factor in Boeing Crashes Draws Scrutiny
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Sensor Cited as Potential Factor in Boeing Crashes Draws Scrutiny

Sensors Boeing was ordered to replace following the near-crash of an Airbus A321 in 2014 are drawing fresh scrutiny after two recent Boeing 737 disasters.

Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels
From ACM TechNews

Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels

Concern that cars could be hacked by criminals, terrorists, or even rogue governments has prompted a new era of security efforts within the auto industry.

Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent
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Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent

Legal experts warn people's online photos are being used without permission to power facial-recognition technology that could eventually be used for surveillance...

Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces
From ACM TechNews

Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces

Within the next decade, new workspaces will emerge with multiple displays and larger, panoramic screens.
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