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5G Has Arrived. What Is It and How Does It Work?

The fifth generation of wireless cellular connection is poised to usher in a new era of technology. Here’s what you need to know — including whether you’ll need a new 5G smartphone. Continue reading

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The Story of the 414s: The Milwaukee Teenagers Who Became Hacking Pioneers

In 1983, a group of young adults from Milwaukee became famous for hacking into several high-profile computer systems, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Continue reading

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Next Generation Satellite Navigation Will Offer Centimeter Accuracy — at a Price

Mega-constellations of satellites, like SpaceX’s Starlink, could offer commercial navigation services with centimeter accuracy. Here’s how. Continue reading

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How To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Robot

Your smartphone is probably powerful enough to be the eyes, ears and brain of a robot. Now Intel researchers have released a free design that can make this possible. Continue reading

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The Hidden Science Behind 2020’s Biggest Video Games

From the parasitic fungus in “The Last of Us Part II” to plant genetics in “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” examples of real-life science in gaming might be right under your nose. Continue reading

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A Little-Known Technology Change Will Make Video Streaming Cheaper and Pave the Way for Higher Quality

A new standard for how videos are sent through the internet and read by your computer could make the digital world more inclusive, says media scholar Jason Schmitt. Continue reading

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After Disaster Strikes, a Robot Might Save Your Life

Finding trapped people quickly is often the difference between life and death in relief missions. But new robot tech is coming to the rescue. Continue reading

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Deepfakes: The Dark Origins of Fake Videos and Their Potential to Wreak Havoc Online

The presence of videos and images altered with artificial intelligence are nearly doubling every six months. But the problem might be more than meets the eye. Continue reading

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How Data Mining Visualizes Story Lines in the Twittersphere

A vast new dataset reveals the popularity of words and phrases on Twitter and how they change over time. Continue reading

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The Robot Scientists Are Coming. But That’s Not a Bad Thing

A small but growing crop of machines is learning to design and carry out its own experiments. How will this change the future of research? Continue reading

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Why Electric Cars Are Getting Louder

Electric vehicles are notoriously quiet. But new laws are pushing automakers to experiment with unusual noises. Continue reading

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Will a Robot Take Your Job? It’s a Matter of Adaptability, Researchers Say

Increasing automation will likely hit people with limited skill sets the hardest. “Robot-proof” jobs will likely require greater education, interpersonal skills and adaptability. Continue reading

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The Computational Limits of Deep Learning Are Closer Than You Think

Deep learning eats so much power that even small advances will be unfeasible give the massive environmental damage they will wreak, say computer scientists. Continue reading

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Computational Lego Designer Outperforms Professional Model-Makers

Designing models with Lego Technic parts is much harder than with traditional Lego bricks. Now a computational designer can do the hard work for you. Continue reading

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Is AI Ready to Help Diagnose COVID-19?

While machine learning might hold promise as a powerful medical tool, statisticians warn that current models are severely flawed. Continue reading

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The AI Pop Star Learning to Sing Like a Human

Computer-generated singing needs plenty of tweaking to make it sound acceptable. Now, Microsoft’s computer scientists are teaching an AI to sing like a person. Continue reading

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How the Next Generation of Quantum Hacks Will Threaten the Future Internet

The quantum internet promises entirely secure communication. But cybersecurity experts say quantum mechanics opens up entirely new ways to attack it. Continue reading

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Will A.I. Make Medicine More Human?

Cardiologist Eric Topol explores how machine learning could help doctors reconnect with patients. Continue reading

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How to Get Free Instagram Likes

They still matter in 2020 Continue reading

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How VPN is Changing the Way we Use Internet

VPNs are more important than ever in 2020. Continue reading

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Driverless Cars Still Have Blind Spots. How Can Experts Fix Them?

Visual challenges remain before autonomous cars are ready for the masses. Continue reading

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AI Designs Computer Chips for More Powerful AI

Google’s breakthrough could dramatically accelerate the design cycle for intelligent machines. Continue reading

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Coding the Future: A Q&A With Hadi Partovi of Code.org

Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, wants kids nationwide to have the chance to learn computer science. Continue reading

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How Robots Could Help on the Frontlines of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Whether it’s disinfecting, throat swabbing or even keeping patients company, robots could one day arrive at a hospital near you. Continue reading

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How to Build a Mechanical Ventilator For a Few Hundred Euros

A global team of physicists, engineers and medics have published the design of a low-cost, simple ventilator that they are readying for mass production — now. Continue reading

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Digital Simulations Herald a New Era of Intelligent Measurement

Measuring the world around us has always been a time-consuming business. Now researchers say computer simulations could do the job instead. Continue reading

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10 Ways Instagram Changed the Tech World

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This AI-Guided Drone Has Mapped One of Earth’s Deepest Subterranean Lakes

A team of roboticists and divers used an AI-powered drone to explore underwater caves farther than humans ever have. Continue reading

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This Robot Has Hands That ‘Sweat’ When It Gets Hot

Robots: They’re (finally) just like us. Sweaty and a little shaky when working too hard. Continue reading

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With Help from Pigeon Feathers, This Robot Takes to the Sky

The PigeonBot could help improve wing design, and may advance understanding of avian evolution. Continue reading

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