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NEBIAS: The World's Most Advanced Bionic Hand
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NEBIAS: The World's Most Advanced Bionic Hand

The NEBIAS project, a European Union effort to develop advanced prosthetic hands, is demonstrating great strides only a year after its creation. 

Obama Asks FCC to Adopt Tough Net Neutrality Rules
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Obama Asks FCC to Adopt Tough Net Neutrality Rules

President Barack Obama on Monday called on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet service providers as public utilities. 

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain
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Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

Research on the brain is surging.

Why You Probably Won't Understand the Web of the Future
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Why You Probably Won't Understand the Web of the Future

The giants of the connected world are finally waking up to one of the biggest obstacles in their stated missions of connecting billions more people to the internet...

Leap into the Future?
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Leap into the Future?

Whatever Magic Leap is working on, it could revolutionize the fields of augmented and virtual reality.

Philae Lander Nears a Cosmic Touchdown
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Philae Lander Nears a Cosmic Touchdown

In its 10-year chase of a comet, the European Space Agency’s ambitious Rosetta mission has pushed the edges of engineering ingenuity.

U.S. Agencies Struggle vs. Cyberattacks
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U.S. Agencies Struggle vs. Cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing...

UMD Cyber Experts Discover Lapses in Heartbleed Bug Fix
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UMD Cyber Experts Discover Lapses in Heartbleed Bug Fix

The efforts of website administrators tasked with correcting security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may have fallen short.

Big Data Sparks Interest in Statistical Programming Languages
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Big Data Sparks Interest in Statistical Programming Languages

The latest Tiobe index for language popularity features several statistical programming languages.

'More Diverse' Emoji Faces Planned
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'More Diverse' Emoji Faces Planned

Emoji face icons could soon reflect greater racial diversity.

Testing the 'Safety Alarm 2.0'
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Testing the 'Safety Alarm 2.0'

Researchers have developed a belt-based system designed for the elderly that triggers an alarm if the user falls down. 

Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess
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Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess

The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network—a radio aboard the MAVEN orbiter custom-designed for data links with robots on the surface of Mars—handled...

Can an Algorithm Tell Us Who Influenced an Artist?
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Can an Algorithm Tell Us Who Influenced an Artist?

Rutgers University researchers are training a computer to analyze thousands of paintings to understand which artists influenced others. 

A Super-Simple Way to Understand the Net Neutrality Debate
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A Super-Simple Way to Understand the Net Neutrality Debate

It's one of the most important policy disputes that will determine the future of the Internet, and now President Obama has formally weighed in in favor of so-called ...

Hacking a Universe's Worth of Data
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Hacking a Universe's Worth of Data

On a Friday night in New York City you can find just about anything. And this past Friday about 130 hackers gathered in the Hayden Planetarium to participate in...

U.S., European Authorities Strike Against Internet's Black Markets
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U.S., European Authorities Strike Against Internet's Black Markets

U.S. and European law enforcement agencies last week launched a massive, coordinated strike on the so-called Dark Web.

For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase
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For Rosetta Mission's Scientists, the Thrill Is in the Comet Chase

Claudia Alexander has spent the last 15 years of her life waiting for this moment: landing a spacecraft the size of a washing machine on the surface of a speeding...

Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s
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Google's New Open Source Privacy Effort Looks Back to the '60s

Google has announced a new open source tool for massive data sets based on differential privacy, a technique developed in the 1960s. 

Next for DARPA: 'Autocomplete' for Programmers
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Next for DARPA: 'Autocomplete' for Programmers

Rice University researchers have launched an $11-million initiative to create a tool that will both autocomplete and autocorrect code for programmers. 

Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'De-cloaking' After Raids
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Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'De-cloaking' After Raids

The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.
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