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Quantum Internet Could Keep Us Safe from Spying Eyes
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Quantum Internet Could Keep Us Safe from Spying Eyes

Quantum networks are quietly spreading across the world.

Microsoft Shuts Down Silicon Valley Research Lab, Amid Broader Layoffs
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Microsoft Shuts Down Silicon Valley Research Lab, Amid Broader Layoffs

Microsoft laid off another 2,100 employees on Thursday.

Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids
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Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

One of the largest treasure troves of astronomical data comes from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), an ongoing scan of the firmament that began 15 years ago...

Boosting Hispanic Share of Tech Workforce Could Be Key to Closing STEM Gap
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Boosting Hispanic Share of Tech Workforce Could Be Key to Closing STEM Gap

Greater Hispanic participation could play a crucial role in reaching the Obama administration's goals for increased student exposure to opportunities in STEM fields...

Sensors Everywhere Could Mean Privacy Nowhere, Expert Says
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Sensors Everywhere Could Mean Privacy Nowhere, Expert Says

Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford says the Internet of Things will permanently record data on people, often without their knowledge. 

Teaching Computers the Nuances of Human Conversation
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Teaching Computers the Nuances of Human Conversation

Natural-language processing has become very good at recognizing human speech, but it still struggles to understand subtle nuances. 

Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data
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Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data

Scientists have twisted radio beams together to send data at high speeds without some of the problems experienced with optical systems. 

Mapping Big Data
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Mapping Big Data

Researchers are applying geographic mapping principals to large sets of unstructured data in hopes of gaining insights into the relationships between them. 

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
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The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s...

NSA Director Rogers Urges Cyber-Resiliency
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NSA Director Rogers Urges Cyber-Resiliency

In his keynote address at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit, NSA Director and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Mike Rogers, explained that the Defense...

New NSA-Funded Programming Language Could Close Long-Standing Security Holes
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New NSA-Funded Programming Language Could Close Long-Standing Security Holes

Steve McConnell, author of "Code Complete," says coding errors create software vulnerabilities that criminal hackers can use to enter and attack an enterprise.  

Battling Bacteria With Software
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Battling Bacteria With Software

Researchers have developed software to help track a potentially dangerous bug which has become resistant to some of the most potent antibiotics. 

NJIT Computer Scientists Win a Major Grant to Network Mobile Devices in the Cloud
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NJIT Computer Scientists Win a Major Grant to Network Mobile Devices in the Cloud

New Jersey Institute of Technology researchers have received a multi-year grant to develop a platform enabling mobile devices to interact with each other via the...

Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing for Low-Radiation CT Scans
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Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing for Low-Radiation CT Scans

The University of Michigan hopes to reduce the image-reconstructon process time for low-dose computed tomography scans from 30 minutes or more to five minutes. 

Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered
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Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered

The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.

MIT Invents a Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into a Single Experience
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MIT Invents a Magic Lens That Combines All Your Screens Into a Single Experience

When we need to send a command or a file from our smartphone to our laptop, we do it through menus.

Researchers' New App Outs iPhone and Android Phone Energy Hogs
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Researchers' New App Outs iPhone and Android Phone Energy Hogs

New, free iOS and Android software identifies which apps drain the most power from device batteries. 

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously Unknown Patterns in Sport
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How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously Unknown Patterns in Sport

If you've ever watched soccer, you'll know of the subtle differences in tactics and formation between different teams.

Tim Cook Interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
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Tim Cook Interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.
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