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How to Learn Morse Code—semiconsciously
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How to Learn Morse Code—semiconsciously

Learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort—and attention—than one might think.

New Rules For Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices
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New Rules For Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security...

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?
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Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert...

Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update
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Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

Most of us think little of hopping on Google Maps to look at everything from a bird's-eye view of an entire continent to an on-the-ground view of a specific street...

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right
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Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right

Researchers at the University of Turin and Yahoo! have developed software that can identify the expression of sarcasm on social media and the Web.

Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain
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Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain

When a single neuron fires, it is an isolated chemical blip. When many fire together, they form a thought.

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion
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Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion

Patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury can face a grim and grueling recovery process—one in which regaining function is far from a sure thing. But a new study...

Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable For Billions of Years
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Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable For Billions of Years

Venus is—without a doubt—Earth's toxic sibling.

Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies
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Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields are developing at a rapid pace and may lead...

How Juno Will Peer Deep Below Jupiter's Roiling Clouds
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How Juno Will Peer Deep Below Jupiter's Roiling Clouds

When ground controllers begin powering up the Juno spacecraft's science instruments on July 6, one of their most important goals will be to get the microwave radiometer...

Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode
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Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode

Several technology companies are investigating DNA data storage.

Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode
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Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode

Researchers have decoded the genomes of mammoths and a 700,000-year-old horse using DNA fragments extracted from fossils in the past few years. DNA clearly persists...

How Nasa's Next Big Telescope Could Take Pictures of Another Earth
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How Nasa's Next Big Telescope Could Take Pictures of Another Earth

Can NASA's next big space telescope take a picture of an alien Earth-like planet orbiting another star?

Mysterious Gravitational Tug on Orbiter May Help Find Planet Nine
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Mysterious Gravitational Tug on Orbiter May Help Find Planet Nine

The hunt is on to find "Planet Nine"—a large undiscovered world, perhaps 10 times as massive as Earth and four times its size—that scientists think could be lurking...

Driverless Cars Must Have Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals, Feds Say
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Driverless Cars Must Have Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals, Feds Say

Driverless cars should have a fairly easy time getting the green light to operate on U.S. roadways, as long as they look and act like the vehicles people have been...

Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists
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Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists

To stop a terrorist, it helps to think like one.

The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'
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The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'

A new $100-million project will reverse-engineer a section of the brain in order to improve machine-learning and artificial-intelligence algorithms. 

The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'
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The ­.s. Government Launches a $100-Million 'apollo Project of the Brain'

Three decades ago, the U.S. government launched the Human Genome Project, a 13-year endeavor to sequence and map all the genes of the human species.

Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special After All
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Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special After All

More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system...

Gps and the World's First 'space War'
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Gps and the World's First 'space War'

Twenty-five years ago U.S.-led Coalition forces launched the world’s first "space war" when they drove Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.
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