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Behind the Smoking Guns: Inside NYPD's 21st Century Arsenal
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Behind the Smoking Guns: Inside NYPD's 21st Century Arsenal

In the early morning hours of last Sept. 25, a stocky young man bolted the Bora Bora Lounge in Highbridge, the Bronx, with a gun in his hand and squeezed off seven...

How to Invent a Person Online
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How to Invent a Person Online

On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think About User Behavior
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Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think About User Behavior

Saarland University researchers have found modern smart home wireless automation systems can pose a security risk. 

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'The Machine' Age Soon
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Transistor Successor Set to Bring on 'The Machine' Age Soon

Researchers are working to develop memristors, a response to the diminishing return of the transistor technology used in today's computer chips. 

UNSW Robots Win World Football RoboCup
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UNSW Robots Win World Football RoboCup

The University of New South Wales team won the grand final of the 2014 RoboCup Standard Platform League robot soccer tournament, held in Brazil. 

Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks
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Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks

New software  creates digital artworks using algorithms that mimic natural selection. 

The Need for Speed
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The Need for Speed

Researchers are using high-performance computers to achieve new breakthroughs in science and engineering. 

Digging Through Big Data to Find Alien Life
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Digging Through Big Data to Find Alien Life

Back in the 1970s, scientists at Ohio State University began searching for signs of intelligent alien life using a radio telescope the size of three football fields...

Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body
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Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body

Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.

U.S. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All
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U.S. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

Want access to the U.S. government's secrets? Talk to the robot.

For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs
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For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report says only about 26 percent of those who graduate with a four-year degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)...

Built for Speed: Designing Exascale Computers
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Built for Speed: Designing Exascale Computers

Researchers at Harvard University are focused on developing the hardware and software for exascale computers, while others are planning to apply exascale computing...

Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google's Autonomous Cars
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Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google's Autonomous Cars

Google's Chris Urmson, who heads the company's self-driving car program, said the project is entering its most difficult phase so far: building vehicles with the...

Cloud Provides Chip Design Education to Developing Countries
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Cloud Provides Chip Design Education to Developing Countries

Semiconductor Research Corp. and Silicon Cloud International are deploying EDA hardware and software in a private cloud with the goal of educating and training...

Turing's Oracle: The Computer That Goes Beyond Logic
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Turing's Oracle: The Computer That Goes Beyond Logic

An "oracle" computer proposed by celebrated mathematician Alan Turing in 1938 that goes beyond conventional human logic is the focus of a Missouri State University...

No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup
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No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup

Spectacular falls, miraculous goals, and footwork that would put the Premier League to shame—RoboCup 2014 has seen it all.

Surface Impressions of Rosetta's Comet
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Surface Impressions of Rosetta's Comet

Surface structures are becoming visible in new images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the scientific imaging system OSIRIS onboard the European Space...

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud
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How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing...

No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms
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No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms

Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man's Sky, can't guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he's certain that,...

Multi-Bit Spin for MRAM Storage May Rival Flash Memory
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Multi-Bit Spin for MRAM Storage May Rival Flash Memory

A group of researchers say they have developed a new multi-bit magnetic random access memory storage paradigm with the potential to rival flash memory. 
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