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Wonder Stuff: Glass That Will Store Your Info for Ever
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Wonder Stuff: Glass That Will Store Your Info for Ever

New meticulously focused lasers are close to enabling a durable transparent material such as glass to serve as a long-term data storage solution. 

Homeland Security Funds Software Security Initiative
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Homeland Security Funds Software Security Initiative

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has contributed $23.5 million toward an online resource to help test open source programs and improve software analysis...

Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises
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Gravity Map Uncovers Sea-Floor Surprises

s though someone had pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away, a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges...

Robotic Solutions Inspired by Plants
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Robotic Solutions Inspired by Plants

The European Union is funding a project that is using plant models to design a robotic solution. 

Hadoop Wins Converts Outside Silicon Valley
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Hadoop Wins Converts Outside Silicon Valley

Two years ago, when the Detroit Crime Commission began collecting and analyzing the social media posts of suspected criminals, it found Excel wasn’t up to the task...

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

Hackers Gather for Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim
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Hackers Gather for Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim

Locked Shields is among the world's preeminent cyber attack simulations.

Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'Hacking Back'
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Cyberattacks Trigger Talk of 'Hacking Back'

The continuing cyberattacks on U.S. corporate networks is spurring talk among some executives and government officials of going on the offensive, or "hacking back...

High-Tech Pay Gap: Minorities Earn Less in Skilled Jobs
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High-Tech Pay Gap: Minorities Earn Less in Skilled Jobs

Hispanics, Asians, and blacks are not receiving equal pay for equal work in the high-tech industry, according to a recent American Institute for Economic Research...

Smartphone Understands Gestures
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Smartphone Understands Gestures

ETH Zurich researchers have developed an app that enables users to use hand gestures to operate their smartphones.

LAUSD Announces Sweeping Expansion of Computer Science Course Work
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LAUSD Announces Sweeping Expansion of Computer Science Course Work

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Code.org are collaborating to launch a sweeping expansion of computer science coursework, according to officials...

Tim Berners-Lee, Web Creator, Defends Net Neutrality
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Tim Berners-Lee, Web Creator, Defends Net Neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, speaking at a technology conference in London, said harnessing the full potential of the Internet and Web technology in the future will require...

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Life in Sharp Focus
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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Life in Sharp Focus

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes a milestone in a long tradition, dating back to Galileo, of innovations in scientific instruments that have transformed...

Tiny U.S. Region Is Methane 'Hot Spot,' NASA Finds
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Tiny U.S. Region Is Methane 'Hot Spot,' NASA Finds

One small "hot spot" in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States—more...

How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data
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How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data

One of the characteristics of our increasingly information-driven lives is the huge amounts of data being generated about everything from sporting activities and...

5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More
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5 Insights from Vint Cerf on Bitcoin, Net Neutrality and More

When Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet," is speaking, it's wise to listen.

Artificial Arms Get Closer to the Real Thing
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Artificial Arms Get Closer to the Real Thing

Powered prosthetic hands and arms have advanced little in the last 50 years.

Found: Closest Link to Eve, Our Universal Ancestor
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Found: Closest Link to Eve, Our Universal Ancestor

A man who died in 315 BC in southern Africa is the closest relative yet known to humanity’s common female ancestor—mitochondrial Eve.

A Shiny, New Graph Query System
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A Shiny, New Graph Query System

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have developed the Graph Engine for Multithreaded Systems program, a multilayer software system for semantic graph...

Dynamic Encryption Keeps Secrets
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Dynamic Encryption Keeps Secrets

Technical University of Denmark professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen says he has developed a method for encrypting telephone conversations that makes it very difficult...
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