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NASA Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta
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NASA Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta

NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our...

This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash
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This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash

An old aviators' joke goes like this: In the future, airline cockpit crews will consist of one pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, the dog is there...

U.S. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying
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U.S. Establishes Sanctions Program to Combat Cyberattacks, Cyberspying

President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas...

Stanford Crypto Expert Dan Boneh Wins $175K Computer Science Award
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Stanford Crypto Expert Dan Boneh Wins $175K Computer Science Award

Stanford University professor Dan Boneh's contributions to cryptography have earned him the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.

Virtual Reality Is Coming to Sex, Sports, and Facebook
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Virtual Reality Is Coming to Sex, Sports, and Facebook

Technologists predict virtual reality technology will evolve to the point that it will be embedded in practically all aspects of human activity. 

Crowdsourced Tool for Depression
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Crowdsourced Tool for Depression

A new peer-to-peer networking tool enables people suffering from anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic methods. 

Probing the Whole Internet for Weak Spots
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Probing the Whole Internet for Weak Spots

When the FREAK encryption flaw was uncovered in early March, a team of researchers used a special tool to scan the entire Internet to identify vulnerable websites...

'Virtual Nose' May Reduce Simulator Sickness in Video Games
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'Virtual Nose' May Reduce Simulator Sickness in Video Games

Vertigo and nausea cased by virtual reality games potentially could be cured with the insertion of a virtual human nose in the center of the video display. 

Computer Graphics Education, SIGGRAPH Supporter Cunningham Dies
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Computer Graphics Education, SIGGRAPH Supporter Cunningham Dies

American computer scientist and long-time ACM SIGGRAPH volunteer Robert Stephen (Steve) Cunningham died last week following a lengthy illness.

AI Interns: Software Already Taking Jobs from Humans
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AI Interns: Software Already Taking Jobs from Humans

Forget Skynet. Hypothetical world-ending artificial intelligence makes headlines, but the hype ignores what's happening right under our noses.

After Snowden, the NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge
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After Snowden, the NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency would love to have working for it.

SAP, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation co-founder Tschira dies
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SAP, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation co-founder Tschira dies

Klaus Tschira, co-founder of German software giant SAP and creator of the foundation that helped to launch the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, died today.

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure
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U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment...

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets
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A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets

One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins.

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records
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The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records

Steven Keating's doctors and medical experts view him as a citizen of the future.

Dump User Names, Says Dartmouth Research
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Dump User Names, Says Dartmouth Research

A joint academic and industry research team has found that two-factor authentication schemes depending on user names and passwords are inherently flawed. 

Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions
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Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions

New artificial intelligence software developed by Facebook can process text and then answer questions about it. 

Avoiding the Crush
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Avoiding the Crush

New crowd-modeling research describes a mathematical law that helps characterize a person's ability to move through crowds without running into another person. 

For Hardware Makers, Sharing Their Secrets Is Now Part of the Business Plan
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For Hardware Makers, Sharing Their Secrets Is Now Part of the Business Plan

Makers of computer, automotive, and other high-tech hardware components increasingly are adopting an open source model.
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