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Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?
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Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

A quantum computer is a device that could exploit the weirdness of the quantum world to solve certain specific problems much faster than we know how to solve them...

Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists
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Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists

Among the most exciting destinations in the Solar System are Jupiter's icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time
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Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

A quasiparticle called an exciton—responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits—has been understood...

Fit to Be Tried
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Fit to Be Tried

A team of electrical and computer engineering students has created a virtual dressing room for a design project. 

Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design
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Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist Stephen Brooks is testing proposed designs for an electron accelerator for the lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

Google Algorithm Busts CAPTCHA With 99.8 Percent Accuracy
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Google Algorithm Busts CAPTCHA With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy. 

Sheffield Team Shows Simplicity Is Key to Cooperative Robots
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Sheffield Team Shows Simplicity Is Key to Cooperative Robots

Engineers have found a way to get a large number of robots to cluster together and execute tasks without using any memory or processing power. 

A Small Connection With Big Implications: Wiring Up Carbon-Based Electronics
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A Small Connection With Big Implications: Wiring Up Carbon-Based Electronics

Researchers say they have advanced comprehension of electric contacts in carbon-based nanoelectronics with a breakthrough development. 

How to Build a Neanderthal
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How to Build a Neanderthal

The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species.

What Makes an Alien Intelligent?
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What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

On Thursday, astronomers announced that they'd reached a new milestone in the search for Earth's "twin," or a planet much like ours that orbits in what's known...

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370
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The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.

The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets
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The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago.

Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads
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Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads

The question of whether online broadcast television is to remain in the hands of a stodgy industry that once declared the VCR the enemy is being put directly before...

Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata
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Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata

Software has been used to tap metadata from phones to map links between a criminal network in Sicily. 

Design Flaw in 'Secure' Cloud Storage Puts Privacy at Risk, JHU Researchers Say
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Design Flaw in 'Secure' Cloud Storage Puts Privacy at Risk, JHU Researchers Say

Researchers have found a flaw in the way secure cloud storage companies protect their customers' data, which could jeopardize the privacy protections they offer...

U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying
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U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying

A group of academics and computer enthusiasts have used the Tunisian town of Sayada as a test site for a local network that is physically independent from the Internet...

Ant Colonies Help Evacuees in Disaster Zones
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Ant Colonies Help Evacuees in Disaster Zones

Researchers in Japan have developed a system that can map escape routes for disasters based on the behavior of ant colonies. 

Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos
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Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos

Google has developed an algorithm that can generate photographic images with a depth of field similar to pictures taken by a single lens reflex camera. 

Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit
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Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit

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