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Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury
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Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury

High-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, a federal court has ruled in a sweeping decision clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband...

Solving Paralysis Using Brain Computer Interfaces
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Solving Paralysis Using Brain Computer Interfaces

Before the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo, Juliano Pinto, a young paraplegic Brazilian, was brought out onto the sidelines wearing a huge exoskeleton...

Service Robots Are Coming to Help Us
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Service Robots Are Coming to Help Us

A U.S. National Science Foundation program aims to advance and integrate robotics into people-centered service systems in homes, hospitals, and elder-care facilities...

Yale Scientists Amplify Light Using Sound on a Silicon Chip
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Yale Scientists Amplify Light Using Sound on a Silicon Chip

Yale University scientists have used the power of sound to significantly boost the intensity of light waves on a silicon microchip. 

Closing Security Gaps in Internet-Connected Household
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Closing Security Gaps in Internet-Connected Household

Ruhr University Bochum researchers are developing a way to detect and fix vulnerabilities in applications that run on different devices, regardless of processor...

Can Computers Do Magic?
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Can Computers Do Magic?

Queen Mary University of London researchers have found magicians could use computers to create new magic effects and find new ideas for their performances. 

Machine-Vision Algorithm Learns to Transform Hand-Drawn Sketches Into Photorealistic Images
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Machine-Vision Algorithm Learns to Transform Hand-Drawn Sketches Into Photorealistic Images

Researchers at Denmark's Radboud University have trained a deep convolutional neural network to convert hand-drawn sketches of faces into photorealistic portraits...

Cybercrime Market Sells Servers for as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks
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Cybercrime Market Sells Servers for as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks

A major underground marketplace acting like an eBay for criminals is selling access to more than 70,000 compromised servers allowing buyers to carry out widespread...

NASA Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain
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NASA Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars. This sample came from mudstone bedrock, which the rover resumed climbing in late May after...

3D/VR Malady May Have Simple Solution
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3D/VR Malady May Have Simple Solution

A simple low-tech solution appears to compensate for the vergence-accommodation conflict.

Goodbye, Obamaberry. Hello, Obamadroid.
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Goodbye, Obamaberry. Hello, Obamadroid.

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he pushed to keep his BlackBerry.

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
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Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

At least one U.S. bank has started supplying its customers with credit and debit cards that contain a physically unclonable function. 

Robots to Provide a Steadying Hand at the Right Time
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Robots to Provide a Steadying Hand at the Right Time

The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding several robotics-related projects across the U.S. designed to improve people's safety and well-being. 

Stanford Researchers Calculate Groundwater Levels From Satellite Data
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Stanford Researchers Calculate Groundwater Levels From Satellite Data

Stanford University researchers are using satellite data to determine groundwater levels across larger areas than ever before. 

Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, Using Graphene
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Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, Using Graphene

Researchers have discovered a sheet of graphene can cause an electric current to surpass the speed of decelerated light and rapidly generate a focused beam. 

The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step
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The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step

In the early 1970s, at Silicon Valley's Xerox PARC, Alan Kay envisioned computer software as something akin to a biological system, a vast collection of small cells...

On Her Microphone's Secret Service: How Spies, Anyone Can Grab Crypto Keys from the Air
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On Her Microphone's Secret Service: How Spies, Anyone Can Grab Crypto Keys from the Air

Discerning secret crypto keys in computers and gadgets by spying on how they function isn't new, although the techniques used are often considered impractical.

Australian CompSci Boffins Score Queen's Birthday Gongs
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Australian CompSci Boffins Score Queen's Birthday Gongs

Australian computer scientists were among those recognized in this year's Queen's Birthday Honors.

GPS Doesn't Work Underwater
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GPS Doesn't Work Underwater

To prepare for the possibility that it will one day deploy swarms of uncrewed drone submarines, the U.S. Navy is developing a system that will allow the global...

What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?
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What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?

Last week, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and other cutting-edge companies, took a surprising question at the Code Conference, a technology...
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