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Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus
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Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus

The longest amount of time that a spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes.

Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy
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Tracking Terrorists Online Might Invade Your Privacy

Remember that picture you sent to your family of your children playing in the paddling pool? Or that private text you sent to someone trusted? Or when you searched...

It's Past Time For You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator
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It's Past Time For You to Ditch that Fancy Scientific Calculator

Bruce Sherwood, the author of Matter and Interactions, had a question for me when I saw him at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference not long...

Bot and Bothered
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Bot and Bothered

Facebook has been working on artificial intelligence that claims to be great at negotiating, makes up its own language and learns to lie.

Fear of a Robot Planet
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Fear of a Robot Planet

It was in the 12th century that the great brass head built by Albertus Magnus moved its mouth for the first time, breathing steam as it spoke to Magnus' young religious...

Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics
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Editing Human Embryos with Crispr Is Moving Ahead; Now's the Time to Work Out the Ethics

The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they've successfully modified the genetic material of a human embryo took some people by surprise.

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory
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Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Claude Shannon couldn't sit still.

If You Could 'design' Your Own Child, Would You?
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If You Could 'design' Your Own Child, Would You?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review.

Greetings, E.t. (please Don't Murder ­s.)
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Greetings, E.t. (please Don't Murder ­s.)

On Nov. 16, 1974, a few hundred astronomers, government officials and other dignitaries gathered in the tropical forests of Puerto Rico's northwest interior, a...

Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI
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Zuckerberg and Musk Are Both Wrong About AI

Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent...

Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results
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Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results

Imagine you are a policymaker who needs to know how much carbon is stored in the South American forest.

The Observer Effect
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The Observer Effect

Finding the balance between zero and maximum.

Deepmind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own
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Deepmind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

Quantum Teleportation Is Even Weirder Than You Think 
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Quantum Teleportation Is Even Weirder Than You Think 

A BBC headline last week, 'First object teleported to Earth's orbit', has to be one of the most fantastical you'll see this year. For once, it seems the future...

How China Tames Dissent on the Internet
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How China Tames Dissent on the Internet

Chinese government leaders, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the Internet: The best strategy may not...

Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware
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Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being "you."

Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice For Governments Across the World
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Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice For Governments Across the World

Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with...

The Russians Will Be Back. Will We Be Ready?
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The Russians Will Be Back. Will We Be Ready?

In recent days, our nation's response to the continued threat of foreign meddling in American elections has taken something of a surprising turn.

Please Prove You're Not a Robot
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Please Prove You're Not a Robot

When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether...

Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play
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Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play

The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the...
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