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How to Blow Up a Star
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How to Blow Up a Star

After spending three months trying to blow up a star, Hans-Thomas Janka and his team finally saw what they had been waiting for.

Machine Learning's 'Amazing' Ability to Predict Chaos
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Machine Learning's 'Amazing' Ability to Predict Chaos

Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the "butterfly effect" makes long-term prediction impossible.

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies
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Fight for Tech Supremacy Intensifies as U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Companies

The United States undercut China's technology ambitions on Tuesday, advancing a new rule that would limit the ability of Chinese telecommunications companies to...

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI
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Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company's software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What unlikely feats could...

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer
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20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except...

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found
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Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic...

Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too
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Europe's New Online Privacy Rules Could Protect U.S. Users Too

The European Union is preparing to implement sweeping privacy rules next month, but these new protections of individuals' information may set a new standard around...

AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone
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AI Chips May Give You a Real Reason to Upgrade Your Smartphone

You've likely seen artificial intelligence technology spread into apps, devices and services, doing things like recognizing your friends' faces in photos and endowing...

Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption
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Lawmakers Question FBI Director on Encryption

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray on the bureau's efforts to unlock encrypted devices after a critical watchdog report. ...

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race
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Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property...

Using Open Source Designs to Create More Specialized Chips
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Using Open Source Designs to Create More Specialized Chips

The open source movement changed how companies build software. Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo employees pitched in during the early days of the data-crunching software...

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute
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Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of...

Is This the Sound of Black Holes Colliding?
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Is This the Sound of Black Holes Colliding?

Take a deep breath, put on your headphones and watch the video above. You're about to hear something truly astronomical: the sound of two black holes smashing together...

Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever
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Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever

Solar cells convert light to electricity. Image sensors also convert light to electricity. If you could do them both at the same time in the same chip, you'd have...

Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe
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Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe

Using the bizarre rules of quantum physics, US government researchers have developed a new way to generate random numbers that play a key role in protecting sensitive...

Mars Express v2.0
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Mars Express v2.0

Every so often, your smartphone or tablet receives new software to improve its functionality and extend its life. Now, ESA's Mars Express is getting a fresh install...

NASA's Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole
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NASA's Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole

Scientists working on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter shared a 3-D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate the planet's polar...

A Long-Awaited IoT Crisis Is Here, and Many Devices Aren't Ready
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A Long-Awaited IoT Crisis Is Here, and Many Devices Aren't Ready

You know by now that Internet of Things devices like your router are often vulnerable to attack, the industry-wide lack of investment in security leaving the door...

Building Better Maps for the Disability Community
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Building Better Maps for the Disability Community

Occupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career thinking about accessibility. So for her 30th birthday last year, she...
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