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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.

U.S. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber
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U.S. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber

The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up...

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared
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Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast...

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever
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Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever

Scientists are no closer to achieving an overall general artificial intelligence, in the sense that a computer can behave like a human.

U.K. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest
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U.K. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

Microsoft recently brought together young programmers from across Europe for a gaming competition based on Kodu, the company's visual programming language.

The Social Web of Things
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The Social Web of Things

Federal University of Bahia researchers suggest a social Internet of Things will enable people and their devices to be more coherently connected. 

Transforming Typewriters for the Digital Generation
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Transforming Typewriters for the Digital Generation

A Plymouth University graduate has used sensors and circuit boards to convert a typewriter into an interactive social tool. 

The Internet Isn't Broken. It's Asleep
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The Internet Isn't Broken. It's Asleep

Researchers are leading an ambitious monitoring project that seeks to map out the Internet's "sleep" patterns to better discern normal downtime from major outages...

How the World Came to Be Run by Computer Code
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How the World Came to Be Run by Computer Code

From the scythe to the steam engine, we've always used technology to control the world around us.

This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games
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This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

For many athletes, watching game film is a necessary chore.

New High-Speed Transatlantic Network to Benefit Science Collaborations Across the U.S.
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New High-Speed Transatlantic Network to Benefit Science Collaborations Across the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Energy is extending its Energy Sciences Network to Amsterdam, Geneva, and London. 

A Better Prosthesis: Sandia Invents Sensor to Learn About Fit
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A Better Prosthesis: Sandia Invents Sensor to Learn About Fit

Researchers are developing a sensor to determine how an amputated limb changes over time, and a system that automatically accommodates those changes in a prosthesis...

Weather History Time Machine
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Weather History Time Machine

Researchers say their new spectral optimal gridding of precipitation software  democratizes the analysis of precipitation statistical models. 

Superconducting Circuits, Simplified
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Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a nanocryotron , a computing circuit based on the cryotron.

Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play
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Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play

Some jobs come with a uniform. For an increasing number of employees, that uniform will soon include a badge that tracks everything they do.

Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient
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Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient

Ten years after a Google engineer empowered researchers with Scholar, he can’t bear to leave it.

The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency
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The Quiet Rise of the Satellite Spy Agency

As far as intelligence agencies go, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile—attracting neither the intrigue of, say, the...

A Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future
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A Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future

The constant updating of modern websites and social media platforms presents a problem to those who want to preserve the experience of using a site or service at...

All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby
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All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby

All three NASA orbiters around Mars confirmed their healthy status Sunday after each took shelter behind Mars during a period of risk from dust released by a passing...
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