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Unprecedented Malware Targets Industrial Safety Systems in the Middle East
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Unprecedented Malware Targets Industrial Safety Systems in the Middle East

Since Stuxnet first targeted and destroyed uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran last decade, the cybersecurity world has waited for the next step in that digital...

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions.

Estonia, the Digital Republic
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Estonia, the Digital Republic

Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water's...

NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
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NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below...

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the FCC's Net Neutrality Comments
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It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the FCC's Net Neutrality Comments

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with bots, memes, and input from people...

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality VoteĀ 
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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality VoteĀ 

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on...

Reading a Neural Network's Mind
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Reading a Neural Network's Mind

Researchers at MIT CSAIL and the Qatar Computing Research Institute have used an interpretive method to analyze neural networks trained for machine translation...

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence
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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires...

Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to 'Oumuamua
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Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to 'Oumuamua

Ever since its discovery in mid-October as it passed by Earth already outbound from our solar system, the mysterious object dubbed 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "first...

Scientists 'Inject' Information Into Monkeys' Brains
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Scientists 'Inject' Information Into Monkeys' Brains

When you drive toward an intersection, the sight of the light turning red will (or should) make you step on the brake. This action happens thanks to a chain of...

Researchers Launch Moon Mission Audio Site
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Researchers Launch Moon Mission Audio Site

Researchers are using a 2012 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop Explore Apollo, a public website featuring audio from the Apollo moon missions...

'Malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, CrowdStrike Finds
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'Malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, CrowdStrike Finds

Despite the rise of massive crypto-ransomware attacks, an even more troubling trend emerged in data gathered by the security firm CrowdStrike this past year and...

Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'EMP Missile' Could Disable N. Korean ICBMs
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Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'EMP Missile' Could Disable N. Korean ICBMs

On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean...

Found: Most Distant Black Hole
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Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass...

The Next Big Step for AI? Understanding Video
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The Next Big Step for AI? Understanding Video

The Moments in Time Dataset is a massive archive of three-second video clips annotated with minute details of the action being performed.

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?
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Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?
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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first...

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions
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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words, artificial intelligence software from IBM is now employing the same methods computers use to translate languages...

How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street
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How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street

It was AI versus Warren Buffett.

China's A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security
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China's A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

During President Trump's visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference.
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