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Reboot Reality: VR and AR Mark Milestone With New Interactive Exhibit

SAN JOSE — A permanent exhibit at Silicon Valley’s iconic Tech Museum is a rite of passage for technologies. Many of them, like robotics and semiconductors, were quite mature when that day came. For the fields of virtual, augmented, and ...

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This Adorable Little Rocket Just Reached Space for the First Time

Most commercial rockets have a carbo capacity measured in tons, but the new Electron launch vehicle from Rocket Lab is designed for lighter duty. This rocket can haul just 150 kg (331 pounds) into orbit, but it’s cheap and small ...

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Astronomers Pin Down the Orbit of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1h

The TRAPPIST-1 star system is interesting to say the least. This solar system is home to seven exoplanets, and astronomers have been watching it closely ever since the discovery was announced early this year. TRAPPIST-1 is particularly fascinating because it ...

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Hackers Use Subtitle Files to Take Over PCs

Hackers are adept at finding clever new ways to infect computers with malware. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, they come up with something new to bypass both antivirus software and your own common sense. Security firm Check ...

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Google’s AlphaGo Defeats World’s Top Human Go Player

Computers mastered chess decades ago, but Google’s DeepMind has its sights set on Go, a more complex game that pushes machine learning to its limits. After defeating several of the top players in the world, the “AlphaGo” AI has now ...

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Ford’s CEO, Now Gone, Didn’t Push Fast Enough Into the Future

In 2001, Ford axed CEO Jacques Nasser for pushing Ford too quickly into the future of connected cars. This week, Ford dismissed CEO Mark Fields for not delivering on the future, which includes connected cars, autonomous vehicles, EVs, and shared ...

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Dubai Set to Deploy its First Robotic Cop

Every police officer you’ve ever encountered has been a living, breathing human, but that might change if you take a trip to Dubai in the future. The oil-rich city is set to deploy its first robotic cop on May 24th. ...

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Intel Puts the Kibosh on Reports It Will License AMD GPU Technology

One of the more intriguing (and if we’re being honest, slightly weird) rumors from last year was that AMD and Intel might cooperate on a GPU patent-sharing deal, or possibly a direct design agreement in which AMD would build GPUs ...

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Hands On With the DJI Mavic Pro: A Serious Drone That Fits in Your Daypack

I’ve been a bit slow getting into flying serious drones, after my early experiences with nanocopters and the Parrot made me worry I’d crash an expensive piece of hardware. But with the introduction of DJI’s practically pocket-sized Mavic Pro ($ 999 ...

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This Week in Space: From Paranal to Proxima B

We won’t know if Proxima b is habitable until we can get some sharp telescopes pointed straight at it, which doesn’t happen until next year. But until then, everyone’s an armchair astronomer, speculating about the little red dot. What if ...

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