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Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions
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Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.

Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced
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Oldest-Known Human Genome Sequenced

A 45,000-year-old leg bone from Siberia has yielded the oldest genome sequence for Homo sapiens on record—revealing a mysterious population that may once have spanned...

Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs
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Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs

Appirio, which owns and operates the TopCoder platform, says it has registered more than 3,700 Swift developers who are working on 2,000 projects in 110 countries...

Agencies Bring Energy Modeling Out of the Lab
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Agencies Bring Energy Modeling Out of the Lab

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a database and software to help building professionals manage energy upgrades. 

Open Surveillance
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Open Surveillance

A new encrypted search system could enable law enforcement officials to collect data more openly without compromising investigations.

What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?
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What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?

Ada Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer, but today computer science is overwhelmingly a male domain.

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

U.S. Government Probes Medical Devices for Possible Cyber Flaws
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U.S. Government Probes Medical Devices for Possible Cyber Flaws

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that...

MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin
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MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of Bitcoin. 

Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging Ups Its Game
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Data Bank Struggles As Protein Imaging Ups Its Game

Structural biology, the mapping of complex biological molecules such as proteins, is in the grip of a revolution.

U.S. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber
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U.S. National Security Prosecutors Shift Focus from Spies to Cyber

The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up...

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared
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Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast...

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever
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Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever

Scientists are no closer to achieving an overall general artificial intelligence, in the sense that a computer can behave like a human.

U.K. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest
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U.K. Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

Microsoft recently brought together young programmers from across Europe for a gaming competition based on Kodu, the company's visual programming language.

The Social Web of Things
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The Social Web of Things

Federal University of Bahia researchers suggest a social Internet of Things will enable people and their devices to be more coherently connected. 

Transforming Typewriters for the Digital Generation
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Transforming Typewriters for the Digital Generation

A Plymouth University graduate has used sensors and circuit boards to convert a typewriter into an interactive social tool. 

The Internet Isn't Broken. It's Asleep
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The Internet Isn't Broken. It's Asleep

Researchers are leading an ambitious monitoring project that seeks to map out the Internet's "sleep" patterns to better discern normal downtime from major outages...

If I Can Get Wi-Fi Here, I Can Get It Anywhere
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If I Can Get Wi-Fi Here, I Can Get It Anywhere

New York has ambitious plans for its extensive network of pay telephones.

How the World Came to Be Run by Computer Code
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How the World Came to Be Run by Computer Code

From the scythe to the steam engine, we've always used technology to control the world around us.

This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games
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This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

For many athletes, watching game film is a necessary chore.
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