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July 2014


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How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing resources from innocent victims when there's so much free processing


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No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms

No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms

Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man's Sky, can't guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he's certain that, if it isn't, nobody will ever find out.


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Multi-Bit Spin for MRAM Storage May Rival Flash Memory

Multi-Bit Spin for MRAM Storage May Rival Flash Memory

A group of researchers say they have developed a new multi-bit magnetic random access memory storage paradigm with the potential to rival flash memory. 


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Computer Science Adds New Dimension to Study of Chemistry

Computer Science Adds New Dimension to Study of Chemistry

Computer science is benefiting the study of chemistry by adding a layer to analyze chemical processes. 


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Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

Astronauts on the International Space Station will use two prototype Project Tango smartphones to collect visual data to generate a 3D model of their environment.


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Scientists Enlist Big Data to Guide Conservation Efforts

Scientists Enlist Big Data to Guide Conservation Efforts

Researchers have developed a model that uses big data to help  biologists understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth. 


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More Eyes on the Skies

More Eyes on the Skies

The future, it is often said, belongs to those who plan for it.


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Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.


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Mars Slow to Yield Its Secrets

Mars Slow to Yield Its Secrets

Thunderous applause greeted planetary carto­grapher Ken Tanaka of the US Geological Survey on 14 July as he unveiled a new geological map of Mars.


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Researchers Develop High-Precision Software for Diagnosing Eye Sensitivity

Researchers Develop High-Precision Software for Diagnosing Eye Sensitivity

Researchers report a successful test of prototype software for diagnosing eye sensitivity. 


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NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space

NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space

Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot that has been working on the International Space Station since 2011, is getting a series of upgrades.


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EPSRC Calls for Partners to Develop Alan Turing Institute

EPSRC Calls for Partners to Develop Alan Turing Institute

The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council wants to partner with U.K. universities to establish the Alan Turing Institute. 


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Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results

Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results

A trio of Indonesians working for international tech companies have used crowdsourcing to calculate a result for Indonesia's contested presidential election. 


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Birdsongs Automatically Decoded by Computer Scientists

Birdsongs Automatically Decoded by Computer Scientists

Researchers have developed a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections. 


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Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "The Machine" Age Soon

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "The Machine" Age Soon

A replacement for the ordinary transistor may make it to market by the end of this decade, an event that will herald a radical redesign of traditional computer architectures.


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Share Button May Share Your Browsing History, Too

Share Button May Share Your Browsing History, Too

A recent  study provides the first large-scale investigation of a previously undetected cookie-like tracking mechanism embedded in the "share" buttons of websites. 


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How Technology Is Unraveling the Clues of Flight MH17

How Technology Is Unraveling the Clues of Flight MH17

Over the weekend, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy turned into a "Law and Order" episode on the international stage with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on Fox News and other outlets to make a systemic case against


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The Growing Threat of Network-Based Steganography

The Growing Threat of Network-Based Steganography

Researchers have uncovered Duqu, an unusual form of steganography-based malware that embeds itself in Microsoft Windows machines.


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Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

A new method of stabilizing microwave signals in the gigahertz range uses a pair of laser beams as the reference instead of a crystal. 


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Hearts Stars Trial Software That Predicts Injuries

Hearts Stars Trial Software That Predicts Injuries

New software could be used to determine when athletes are at risk to suffer an injury. 


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Talk on Cracking Internet Anonymity Service Tor Canceled

Talk on Cracking Internet Anonymity Service Tor Canceled

A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor was withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference, a spokeswoman for the event said on Monday.


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In Defense of Science

In Defense of Science

Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses testified to Congress.


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New Dimension in Scoreboard Watching

New Dimension in Scoreboard Watching

The seemingly endless prairie that blankets this part of the United States would seem to be an unlikely place for one of the largest makers of sports video displays, Daktronics.


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Will Science Burst the Multiverse's Bubble?

Will Science Burst the Multiverse's Bubble?

This philosophical question overlaps with real physics when hypothesizing what lies beyond the boundary of our observable universe.


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How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else.


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Iran's Liberals and Conservatives Argue Over Internet Restrictions

Iran's Liberals and Conservatives Argue Over Internet Restrictions

When Iran's authorities started to block websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia in 2006, only a tenth of the population used the Internet.


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OCO-2 Data to Lead Scientists Forward into the Past

OCO-2 Data to Lead Scientists Forward into the Past

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which launched on July 2, will soon be providing about 100,000 high-quality measurements each day of carbon dioxide concentrations from around the globe.


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Travis County Developing Electronic Voting System With a Paper Trail

Travis County Developing Electronic Voting System With a Paper Trail

An electronic-voting system that prints out a paper copy of the ballot and a take-home receipt is under development and could be in operation within three years. 


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People in Leadership Positions May Sacrifice Privacy for Security

People in Leadership Positions May Sacrifice Privacy for Security

Researchers are examining how people with high-status job assignments assess security and privacy, and how impulsive or patient they are in making decisions. 


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Virtual Finger Takes Scientists Through 3D Landscapes

Virtual Finger Takes Scientists Through 3D Landscapes

Scientists will be able to use software called the Virtual Finger to navigate three-dimensional images of biological structures on computer screens. 

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