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Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence
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Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a "vibrant discussion" about Internet search competition.

ACM Europe Panel Explores the Future of CS Research in Europe
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ACM Europe Panel Explores the Future of CS Research in Europe

Considering the future of Europe's global competitiveness in research and innovation.

Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold for Liquid Water
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Ancient Mars Probably Too Cold for Liquid Water

Mars' atmosphere was probably never thick enough to keep temperatures on the planet's surface above freezing for the long term, suggests research published today...

Internet of Things: The 'Ghosts' that Haunt the Machine
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Internet of Things: The 'Ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


U.S. Rallied 120 Nations in Response to 2012 Cyberattack on American Banks
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U.S. Rallied 120 Nations in Response to 2012 Cyberattack on American Banks

In 2012, the Obama administration appealed to 120 nations to help block a wide-ranging cyberattack campaign against U.S. banks 

Command a Glowing Robot Horde to Do Your Bidding
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Command a Glowing Robot Horde to Do Your Bidding

Researchers have built palm-sized glowing robots that can scurry along the ground at the command of someone using a tablet or a gesture-sensing camera. 

A Faster Internet for Your Smartphones
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A Faster Internet for Your Smartphones

Namehelp Mobile is a smartphone application that compares Domain Name Service performance provided by one's organization and by public DNS systems. 

Future Computers That Are 'Normally Off'
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Future Computers That Are 'Normally Off'

Researchers have outlined the future of spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory. 

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on NSA
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Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency's annual Cyber Defense Exercise determines which of the five U.S. military service academies can best withstand cyberthreats. 

Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow
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Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Heartbleed Bug's 'Voluntary' Origins
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Heartbleed Bug's 'Voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'Oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'Oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...

Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here
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Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here

Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal.

Stanford Medical Technology Exposes Hidden Maladies of Sculptor Auguste Rodin's Celebrated Hands
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Stanford Medical Technology Exposes Hidden Maladies of Sculptor Auguste Rodin's Celebrated Hands

One has a ganglion cyst.

Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector
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Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector

A belowground experiment at the South Pole has now discovered three of the highest-energy neutrinos ever found, particles that may be created in the most violent...

Groundbreaking Optical Device Could Enhance Optical Information Processing, Computers
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Groundbreaking Optical Device Could Enhance Optical Information Processing, Computers

A newly developed optical device could lead to new and more powerful computers that run faster and cooler. 

Automated Age-Progression Software Lets You See How a Child Will Age
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Automated Age-Progression Software Lets You See How a Child Will Age

University of Washington researchers have developed software that automatically generates images of a child's face as it ages through a lifetime. 

Is TSUBAME-KFC a Game-changer?
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Is TSUBAME-KFC a Game-changer?

Japanese researchers have developed TSUBAME-KFC, the 311th fastest supercomputer in the world. 

Stanford Engineers Design Video Game Controller That Can Sense Players' Emotions
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Stanford Engineers Design Video Game Controller That Can Sense Players' Emotions

Stanford University researchers have developed a prototype video game controller that gauges the player's brain activity in real time. 

Researchers See If Google Glass Can Help Parkinson's Patients
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Researchers See If Google Glass Can Help Parkinson's Patients

Researchers are experimenting with Google Glass to see if it can assist Parkinson's disease patients in monitoring their symptoms and increasing their mobility. 
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