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A new AI breakthrough will soon make it much easier to communicate with anyone in the world

March 20th, 2018 at 7:06 am » Comments Off

Machines are getting much better at the jobs we humans normally do. As any translator will tell you, transforming the words from one language into another is a task that draws on an enormous reservoir of training, experience, and art.

How Did Astronaut DNA Become ‘Fake News’?

March 18th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

For a brief moment, NASA found itself at the center of a digital misinformation campaign. “After year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly no longer has same DNA as identical twin,” the headline of a story on the Today show’s website, published Thursday, declared. Seven percent of his DNA, the story says, “has not returned to […]

The Moon is set to get its own mobile phone network

March 4th, 2018 at 3:41 pm » Comments Off

The moon, shown here in a 1992 image captured by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, is set to get its own mobile phone network.

Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?

February 26th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.

Alien AI text messages are the ultimate Pandora’s Box, say scientists

February 14th, 2018 at 9:52 pm » Comments Off

What if first contact with extraterrestrial life isn’t a UFO landing in the middle of Central Park, but rather just a message sent across the stars? What might be hidden inside that alien communication?

A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna

February 5th, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

The Chinese “Micius” satellite has successfully set up the world’s most secure video conference, using quantum cryptography to connect scientists in Europe and China for an unhackable, intercontinental chat.

When kids get their first cell phones around the world

December 21st, 2017 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

About 45% of US children ages 10 to 12 have a smartphone with a service plan Outside the US and Europe, children tend to get their first mobile phones when they are older

Between iMessage, WhatsApp, and Messenger, SMS texting is becoming a relic of the past

December 10th, 2017 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

On December 3, 1992, a 22-year-old engineer named Neil Papworth sent the first-ever text message to his friend Richard Jarvis. It was sent from his PC computer, and Jarvis had no way of inputting a reply into his Orbitel 901 landline phone, but it was nevertheless the advent of a new type of communication. Nokia […]

Austrian and Chinese academies of sciences successfully conducted first inter-continental quantum video call

October 19th, 2017 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

The two Academy presidents Chunli Bai and Anton Zeilinger tested quantum encrypted communication between Beijing and Vienna in a live-experiment. The quantum key was transmitted via the Chinese quantum satellite Micius.

Texting trouble: Thousands injured by walking into walls

September 6th, 2017 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

We’ve all heard about the dangers of texting and driving. Turns out texting and walking isn’t so safe, either.

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