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Robotic Comet Lander Philae Says Good-Bye
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Robotic Comet Lander Philae Says Good-Bye

On a dark stretch of the chilly Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko the lander Philae has begun a lonely and silent vigil.

'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists
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'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists

"Today we sense we are close to be being able to alter human heredity," Nobel Laureate and California Institute of Technology virologist David Baltimore said December...

The Most Important Number in Climate Change
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The Most Important Number in Climate Change

The furious majesty of a thunderstorm defies computer simulation.

Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky
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Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky

NASA scientists announced today the best evidence yet that Mars, once thought dry, sterile and dead, may yet have life in it: Liquid water still flows on at least...

Robotic Limbs Get a Sense of Touch
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Robotic Limbs Get a Sense of Touch

Advanced prosthetics have for the past few years begun tapping into brain signals to provide amputees with impressive new levels of control.

­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading
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­sing Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading

I grew up in a tiny New York City apartment, packed in alongside our four cats and my father's immense personal library of some 3000 books.

5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities
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5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities

Mobile devices have become incredibly popular for their ability to weave modern conveniences such as Internet access and social networking into the fabric of daily...

See-and-Tell AI Machine Can Describe Objects It Observes
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See-and-Tell AI Machine Can Describe Objects It Observes

Young children can look at whatever is in front of them, and describe what they see—but for artificial intelligence systems, that's a daunting task.

Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?
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Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?

Every decade or so since the first cellular networks appeared the companies that make mobile devices and the networks linking them have worked out new requirements...

Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed
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Eight Spacecraft that Have Been Rescued, Resurrected, and Repurposed

Earlier this week, the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander finally woke up after a seven-month snooze.

New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics
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New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics

Bacteria that make us sick are bad enough, but many of them also continually evolve in ways that help them develop resistance to common antibiotic drugs, making...

Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like
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Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like

The Pentagon has made clear in recent weeks that cyber warfare is no longer just a futuristic threat—it is now a real one.

The Billion-Dollar Race to Reinvent the Computer Chip
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The Billion-Dollar Race to Reinvent the Computer Chip

Chipmakers are spending billions of dollars to develop new computing architectures as the ability to build more transistors into a chip approaches its physical...

Future 'top Guns' Will Be Battle Managers Flying Bigger, Slower Aircraft
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Future 'top Guns' Will Be Battle Managers Flying Bigger, Slower Aircraft

At the dawn of aerial combat 100 years ago, World War I flying aces frequently closed to within 15 meters before firing at enemy aircraft with their machine guns...

Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time
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Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time

Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.

Computing After Moore's Law
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Computing After Moore's Law

The technologies chip makers hope can keep Moore's Law alive.

Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole
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Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole

Each of the telescopes that the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) are currently working to bring into their black-hole-observing, planet-size array...

Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions
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Cryptographers Could Prevent Satellite Collisions

In February 2009 the U.S.'s Iridium 33 satellite collided with the Russian Cosmos 2251, instantly destroying both communications satellites.

Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet
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Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet

In November 2012 a 28-year-old woman plunged 15 meters from a bedroom window to the pavement in New York City, a devastating fall that left her body broken but...

Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data
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Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data

Details about where and when you use your credit card could help reveal your identity to data thieves—even if they don't know your name, address and other personal...
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