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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

Pluto, get ready for your close­up.

Hunt for Philae Hangs in the Balance
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Hunt for Philae Hangs in the Balance

Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are debating whether to change part of the Rosetta mission in what would probably be the last attempt to find lost...

Back-Up Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality
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Back-Up Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality

A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.

Symposium to Focus on Future of Voting Systems
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Symposium to Focus on Future of Voting Systems

A symposium on emerging trends in voting has been scheduled for Feb. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. 

Profitable Phishing Schemes Slyly Tinker With Our Heads, Then Rip Us Off
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Profitable Phishing Schemes Slyly Tinker With Our Heads, Then Rip Us Off

The use of information-rich phishing scams can alter recipients' cognitive processes, making them more likely to fall victim to the emails, according to a new study...

3D Transistors Made With Molecular Self-Assembly
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3D Transistors Made With Molecular Self-Assembly

IBM researchers have developed a new way to rapidly manufacture three-dimensional transistors.

Verizon's Mobile 'Supercookies' Seen as Threat to Privacy
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Verizon's Mobile 'Supercookies' Seen as Threat to Privacy

Long-standing concerns about the "supercookies" Verizon Wireless uses to tag its users for advertising purposes have resurfaced. 

UBC's Robotic Sailboat Attempts to Cross Atlantic Alone
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UBC's Robotic Sailboat Attempts to Cross Atlantic Alone

University of British Columbia students will launch a robotic sailboat this summer, hoping it will be the first sailbot to complete a transatlantic race. 

Andreessen Horowitz Reveals the 16 Trends It's Closely Watching
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Andreessen Horowitz Reveals the 16 Trends It's Closely Watching

It's hard to predict what startups Andreessen Horowitz wants to get behind.

America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise
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America's Best-Selling Cars and Trucks Are Built on Lies: The Rise of Fake Engine Noise

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble—the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and...

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
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The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing
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A Graphene Discoverer Speculates on the Future of Computing

In 2010 two physicists at Manchester University in the U.K. shared a Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on a new wonder material: graphene, a flat sheet of carbon...

Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary
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Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary

A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit...

Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander
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Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander

Photographs and data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have provided an unprecedented close-up examination of a comet, but there is one thing...

Malware Could Steal Data From iPhones Using Siri
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Malware Could Steal Data From iPhones Using Siri

A security vulnerability in the iPhone 5 series of smartphone could be exploited by malicious software and compromise a user's personal information via Siri.

This Robot Has the Mind of a Worm
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This Robot Has the Mind of a Worm

A research project dubbed Open Worm seeks to develop artificial intelligence technology by focusing on worm intelligence. 

Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users for Risk of Cyberattacks
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Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users for Risk of Cyberattacks

Fujitsu researchers are integrating psychology into profiling software to make computer security more personalized. 

Optimizing Optimization Algorithms
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Optimizing Optimization Algorithms

Researchers have presented a way to generate a sequence of simplified functions that ensure the best approximation optimization algorithms can offer. 

Atlas Unplugged: DARPA Challenge Robot Gets Major Makeover
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Atlas Unplugged: DARPA Challenge Robot Gets Major Makeover

Boston Robotics has rebuilt its robot to be used in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge finals in June.

Google Lunar XPrize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto
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Google Lunar XPrize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to...
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