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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication
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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources can enable the transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers. 

Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling
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Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling

A new system fulfills all of a baseball league's scheduling rules, and as many of the teams' requests and preferences as possible, using thousands of lines of code...

Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry
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Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry

Researchers have developed software that can simulate the making of complex clothing. 

Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech
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Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech

While the majority of Americans surveyed think tech developments will make life in the next half-century better, 30 percent said they would make life worse. 

Chess Robots to Cause Judgment Day?
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Chess Robots to Cause Judgment Day?

Autonomous systems must be designed and deployed very carefully or they could develop antisocial and potentially harmful behavior, according to a study.

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics
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Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy's lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants.

How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope
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How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope

Looking into the galactic center is hard.

Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World
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Five Wonder Materials That Could Change the World

"The history of materials is a history of mistakes," says Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London, who traces his own fascination with...

Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Takes Years to Find
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Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Takes Years to Find

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

The Plot to Kill the Password
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The Plot to Kill the Password

Last Friday, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 arrived with an unexpected and underhyped feature.

Why Nobody Can Tell Whether the World's Biggest Quantum Computer Is a Quantum Computer
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Why Nobody Can Tell Whether the World's Biggest Quantum Computer Is a Quantum Computer

For the past several years, a Canadian company called D-Wave Systems has been selling what it says is the largest quantum computer ever built.

MIT Transform Project Gives Shape to Human-Object Interplay
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MIT Transform Project Gives Shape to Human-Object Interplay

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group recently demonstrated a tabletop that becomes a dynamic display. 

MIT's Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation
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MIT's Alex Pentland: Measuring Idea Flows to Accelerate Innovation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology computational social scientist Alex Pentland's research has lately focused on social physics. 

'Wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not
From ACM TechNews

'Wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not

AgencyGlass is a wearable device that produces "virtual eyes" to give the wearer a semblance of friendliness and approachability. 

AI Gets Its Groove Back
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AI Gets Its Groove Back

The field of artificial intelligence is making real progress after a long period of sporadic advances that failed to pan out. 

Researchers Discover Dangerous Ways Computer Worms Are Spreading Among Smartphones
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Researchers Discover Dangerous Ways Computer Worms Are Spreading Among Smartphones

Researchers have found that some of the most common activities among smartphone users can leave their devices vulnerable to computer worms. 

The U.S. Government Wants 6,000 New 'Cyber Warriors' by 2016
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The U.S. Government Wants 6,000 New 'Cyber Warriors' by 2016

The Pentagon plans to triple its cybersecurity staff by 2016, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced recently.

The Truth About Google X
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The Truth About Google X

Astro Teller is sharing a story about something bad. Or maybe it's something good.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics
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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.
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