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In NATO Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia
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In NATO Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia

Somewhere near Iceland, a new NATO member, Berlya is under cyber-attack, most likely launched from its arch-rival Crimsonia, although the Berlyans can’t be completely...

Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time
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Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time

Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.

Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers
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Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers

Passwords get hacked—a lot.

OSU Innovation Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold
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OSU Innovation Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

The prototype WiFO technology uses light-emitting diodes to transmit information, increasing the bandwidth of Wi-Fi systems by a factor of 10. 

Developing a Robotic Therapist for Children
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Developing a Robotic Therapist for Children

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers are developing an interactive autonomous social therapist robot. 

Cloud Security Reaches Silicon
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Cloud Security Reaches Silicon

Researchers are working to implement a way to thwart criminals from inferring computer data based on the pattern in which the machine accesses its memory.

Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare
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Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare

U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has outlined the circumstances under which the U.S. could use cyberweapons against attackers. 

Revisiting the STEM Workforce
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Revisiting the STEM Workforce

A new report by the National Science Board examines the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce. 

JPL Celebrates Hubble's 25th Anniversary
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JPL Celebrates Hubble's 25th Anniversary

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the world's first space telescope. Hubble images have revealed a vast and colorful...

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?
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Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?

People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown...

Is 'Good Enough' Computing Good Enough?
From Communications of the ACM

Is 'Good Enough' Computing Good Enough?

The energy-accuracy trade-off in approximate computing.

Putting the Data Science into Journalism
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Putting the Data Science into Journalism

News organizations increasingly use techniques like data mining, Web scraping, and data visualization to uncover information that would be impossible to identify...

Robots With a Human Touch
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Robots With a Human Touch

Empowering smart machines with tactile feedback could lead to tremendous new applications.

Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere
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Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

Sometime next summer, you'll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less.

Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game
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Statcast Arrives, Offering Way to Quantify Nearly Every Move in Game

Which outfielders take the most efficient routes to a fly ball? Which pitcher's curveball has the highest spin rate? Which batter has the fastest speed to first...

Electronic Device Performance Enhanced With New Transistor Encasing Method
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Electronic Device Performance Enhanced With New Transistor Encasing Method

University of Illinois researchers say they have developed a more effective method for closing gaps in atomically small wires, which could lead to new transistor...

Advances in Molecular Electronics: Lights On--Molecule On
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Advances in Molecular Electronics: Lights On--Molecule On

A method for switching on the current flow through a single molecule with the help of light could result in being able to store and process information at the molecular...

Bug Bounties Fail to Find Many Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Bug Bounties Fail to Find Many Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Researchers say paying rewards to vulnerability researchers to locate flaws in software initially works, but mature software requires a different strategy. 

Apple's Swift Makes Quick Strides With Developers
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Apple's Swift Makes Quick Strides With Developers

Apple's Swift language has been embraced by developers because of its unique features. 
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