China Publishes More Scientific Articles Than the U.S.
A new analysis of global science and engineering competence shows that the United States is struggling to fight off an increasingly competitive China.
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A New Breed of Cyberattack Uses Remote-Control Malware to Sabotage Industrial Safety Systems
New details about a worrying industrial-plant hack show that cyberattacks on infrastructure are becoming a greater threat than ever.
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Slack Hopes Its AI Will Keep You from Hating Slack
If you work at one of the 50,000 companies that pay to use Slack for workplace collaboration, you probably spend hours on it, swapping information, bantering, and sharing files with your colleagues. It’s a casual, flexible way to interact—you tap out...Read the full story →
AI Is Continuing Its Assault on Radiologists
A new model can detect abnormalities in x-rays better than radiologists—in some parts of the body, anyway.
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Dueling AIs Dream Up New Online Shopping Patterns for Amazon
Using five million real online purchases, researchers trained an AI that can create fake e-commerce orders.
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New “Rotational” 3-D Printing Gives Objects Impressive Strength
Harvard researchers have demonstrated a new technique they call “rotational 3-D printing” that provides precision control over the materials it prints.
Learning from nature: Natural products like bone and wood have complex microstructures that give them… Read more
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Artificial Lighting Is Hurting Ecosystems, and Tech Tweaks Can Fix It
We’re starting to understand the true effects of light pollution on the natural world—and as we do, we’ll be able to tune lights to counter the effects.
Blinded by the light: The world is incredibly illuminated. More than 10 percent of Earth’s land can… Read more
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And the Award for Most Nauseating Self-Driving Car Goes to …
In many ways this year’s CES looked a lot more like an autonomous-car show than a consumer electronics show.
There were announcements aplenty from the likes of Ford, Baidu, Toyota, and others about self-driving vehicles, upcoming driving tests, and new...Read the full story →
At the Detroit Auto Show, the Autonomous Car Dream Is Still a Way Off
Last week’s CES technology show sold a vision of driverless cars—but this week’s motor show appears to disagree.
Cryptocurrencies Plummeted Amid Talk of Clampdowns—But We Don’t Really Know Why
Bitcoin and other competing digital currencies have been suffering downturns, though you shouldn’t believe anyone who tries to tell you exactly why this is happening.
The numbers: At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price was down more than 20 percent… Read more