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A Quantum World Arising from Many Ordinary Ones
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A Quantum World Arising from Many Ordinary Ones

The bizarre behaviour of the quantum world—with objects existing in two places simultaneously and light behaving as either waves or particles—could result from...

Using Drones to Make Peace, Not War
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Using Drones to Make Peace, Not War

Amin Rigi says drones should be used to save lives, not spy or kill.

Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola
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Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola

Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed...

Researchers Take Big-Data Approach to Estimate Range of Electric Vehicles
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Researchers Take Big-Data Approach to Estimate Range of Electric Vehicles

North Carolina State University researchers say they have developed a more accurate way to determine how far electric vehicles can go before needing a recharge. 

Irish Researchers Develop New Tool to Protect Earth From Space Debris
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Irish Researchers Develop New Tool to Protect Earth From Space Debris

In collaboration with the European Space Agency, researchers at Trinity College in Dublin have designed a risk assessment tool for the re-entry of spacecraft debris...

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization
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Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization

There is rising interest in digital visualization, which serves as a communication tool in areas ranging from hip hop to scientific collaboration. 

How Technology Is Helping Fight Ebola
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How Technology Is Helping Fight Ebola

A wide variety of technologies, from apps and software to big data and robots, are being employed to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 

Virtual Reality Could Let Astronauts 'Go to the Beach'
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Virtual Reality Could Let Astronauts 'Go to the Beach'

The Virtual Space Station is a virtual reality system that could provide an escape for astronauts on long space missions. 

How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind
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How Movie-Makers Read Your Mind

Why is there such interest in finding new ways to gauge audience reactions?

Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions
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Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.

Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced
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Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced

A 45,000-year-old leg bone from Siberia has yielded the oldest genome sequence for Homo sapiens on record—revealing a mysterious population that may once have spanned...

Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs
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Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs

Appirio, which owns and operates the TopCoder platform, says it has registered more than 3,700 Swift developers who are working on 2,000 projects in 110 countries...

Agencies Bring Energy Modeling Out of the Lab
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Agencies Bring Energy Modeling Out of the Lab

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a database and software to help building professionals manage energy upgrades. 

Open Surveillance
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Open Surveillance

A new encrypted search system could enable law enforcement officials to collect data more openly without compromising investigations.

What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?
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What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?

Ada Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer, but today computer science is overwhelmingly a male domain.

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

U.S. Government Probes Medical Devices for Possible Cyber Flaws
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U.S. Government Probes Medical Devices for Possible Cyber Flaws

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that...

MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin
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MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of Bitcoin. 

Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging Ups Its Game
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Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging Ups Its Game

Structural biology, the mapping of complex biological molecules such as proteins, is in the grip of a revolution.
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