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For TV 'White Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious
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For TV 'White Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious

Developed and developing markets' spectrum policies are starting to accommodate TV white spaces. 

Scientists Track Quantum Errors in Real Time: Step Toward Age of Quantum Computing
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Scientists Track Quantum Errors in Real Time: Step Toward Age of Quantum Computing

Researchers have brought functional quantum computing another step forward by developing a method for real-time tracking of quantum errors. 

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?
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How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else...

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In Gaza, Epithets Are Fired and Euphemisms Give Shelter

The Gaza-based interior ministry advises its supporters in a YouTube video that whenever talking about the dead, "always add 'an innocent citizen.' "

Neuroscience: 'I Can Read Your Mind'
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Neuroscience: 'I Can Read Your Mind'

Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you're seeing if you're in his machine watching a movie he's playing for you.

Math Can Make the Internet 5-10 Times Faster
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Math Can Make the Internet 5-10 Times Faster

Researchers say they have developed software that can make Internet communications via computer, mobile phone, or satellite significantly faster and more secure...

MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers
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MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robotic extension to the human hand that could make common, everyday tasks easier.

Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science
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Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

Just 18 percent of the computer science graduates from colleges and universities across the U.S. are women, down from 37 percent in 1985, but some schools are reporting...

Electric Vehicles Drive IoT Research at Four Universities
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Electric Vehicles Drive IoT Research at Four Universities

Internet2 announced that it will provide four U.S. universities with an all-electric micro vehicle which will be used in a variety of research projects in Internet...

Microsoft Urges People to Use Weak Passwords Online
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Microsoft Urges People to Use Weak Passwords Online

Microsoft and Carleton University researchers suggest in a new report that Internet users do not need to use complex passwords for all of their online accounts,...

Air Force Research: How to Use Social Media to Control People Like Drones
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Air Force Research: How to Use Social Media to Control People Like Drones

Facebook isn't the only organization conducting research into how attitudes are affected by social media.

Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History
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Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History

A draft genome sequence of wheat promises to speed efforts to breed new types of one of the world's most important crops — and to reveal the tangled genomic history...

As China Stalks Satellites, U.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them
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As China Stalks Satellites, U.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet
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Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet

After making it across 8.5 kilometres on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is now facing some of the most dangerous terrain it has ever encountered.

NSA Recruits College Students for Cyber-Operations Program
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NSA Recruits College Students for Cyber-Operations Program

The U.S. National Security Agency has selected five more schools for its Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program.

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

Vancouver Coding Camp Seeks Young Women
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Vancouver Coding Camp Seeks Young Women

Be Like Ada is a Vancouver, Canada-based coding boot camp for girls designed to inspire more women to pursue coding in engineering and computer science. 

Robots Are Designed to Take a Hike With Walking Poles
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Robots Are Designed to Take a Hike With Walking Poles

A pair of smart walking sticks could be used to steady robots navigating uneven terrain.

Rice's Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye
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Rice's Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye

Researchers have refined their silicon oxide technology for high-density, next-generation computer memory.

Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging
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Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging

Google's Project Tango aims to provide an additional dimension to the next generation of mobile devices.
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