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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 16:15

The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran's missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United States to undercut Tehran's military and isolate its economy.

Six Things to Know About NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:45

After 15 years, the mission of NASA's Opportunity rover has come to an end, but its successes on Mars have earned it a spot in the robot hall of fame. Here's what you need to know about our intrepid Martian overachiever:

What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:57

The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:59

As recently as Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had brokered a meeting between Amazon executives and union leaders who had been resistant to the deal.

The Internet, Divided Between U.S. and China, Has Become Battleground

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:00

The global Internet is splitting in two between China and most of the rest of the world.

Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:00

An artificial intelligence designed by Google's DeepMind unit recently won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction competition.

U.S. Defense Digital Service Looks to Retool Tech Recruitment

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:00

The U.S. Defense Department's Defense Digital Services has been tasked "to recruit non-traditional technical talent."

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:00

University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than conventional systems.

Connecting the Disconnected

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:17

The Web-based platform connects home and community gardeners to nearby food pantries, to help individuals in need.

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:44

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA's return to the Red Planet.

And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00

Disney Research computer programmer Derek Bradley won a Technical Achievement Oscar for his work on motion-capture technology used in the film "Avengers: Infinity War."

Drone Captures Thousands of Years of Archaeology on Remote Scottish Islands

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00

Last fall, the National Trust for Scotland commissioned a drone survey of the Small Isles archipelago, to precisely locate archaeological features.

40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00

A 40-nation coalition has agreed to mandate the inclusion of automated braking systems in new cars and light commercial vehicles, beginning as soon as next year.

Retail Technology Aims to Bring Customers Back to the Store

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00

A pair of startups are developing technologies to enhance the in-store experience for customers, retailers, and manufacturers.

IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00

A new IBM Corp. system uses data from satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of the power grid.

Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:10

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate changefake newsinequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers whose capabilities are enhanced by electronic devices implanted in their brains. Call them cyborg warriors.

Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:42

Investment in research is at an all-time high, yet the rate of scientific breakthroughs isn't setting any records. To resolve this quandary, scientists are turning to artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing for help in identifying a key inspiration for innovation—the perfect analogy.

Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:00

The U.K.'s National Air Traffic Services is testing an artificial intelligence system at London's Heathrow Airport to help guide airplanes in low visibility.

New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:00

A new computer program helps surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real-time operating room procedures, to help prevent surgical errors.