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Magnetic Hard Drives Go Atomic
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Magnetic Hard Drives Go Atomic

Chop a magnet in two, and it becomes two smaller magnets.

How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure
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How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure

When Wikileaks yesterday released a trove of documents purporting to show how the CIA hacks everything from smartphones to PCs to smart televisions, the agency's...

Top Obstacles for Women in Technology
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Top Obstacles for Women in Technology

Women face major barriers when working in technology fields, including wage inequality compared to male colleagues, workplace gender bias, a shortage of female...

The Darknet Protects Itself by Being More Robust Against Attacks
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The Darknet Protects Itself by Being More Robust Against Attacks

Researchers have found the darknet is especially good at protecting users' privacy and anonymity because it can counter large cyberattacks on its own by spontaneously...

Steering a Turtle With Your Thoughts
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Steering a Turtle With Your Thoughts

Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface that can control a turtle using human thought.

Aging Faces Could Increase Security Risks
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Aging Faces Could Increase Security Risks

Researchers are studying how facial aging affects the performance of automatic facial-recognition systems and what implications this could have on identifying criminals...

Language Learning Robot Could Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Help Emergency Responders in the Future
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Language Learning Robot Could Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Help Emergency Responders in the Future

Researchers have developed algorithms that enable a wheeled robot to learn the meanings of words from sentences that describe example paths taken by the robot,...

Quantum Microscope Offers MRI for Molecules
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Quantum Microscope Offers MRI for Molecules

A quantum microscope that uses a sensor built from diamonds could allow researchers to study such nanoscale mysteries as how DNA folds in a cell, why drugs work...

Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners
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Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners

The latest revelations about U.S. government's powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide...

Mathematician Breaks Down How to Defend Against Quantum Computing Attacks
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Mathematician Breaks Down How to Defend Against Quantum Computing Attacks

A mathematician has created and released software that could protect encrypted code from hackers armed with next-generation quantum computers.

Tracking the Movement of Cyborg Cockroaches
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Tracking the Movement of Cyborg Cockroaches

North Carolina State University's cyborg cockroaches can be remotely controlled to carry technology that could scan disaster areas and identify survivors in the...

Google Computers Trained to Detect Cancer
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Google Computers Trained to Detect Cancer

Google has developed a new breast cancer detection technique that utilizes machine learning, predictive analytics, and pattern recognition to train a computer to...

How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 
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How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 

Wiretaps on Americans in foreign intelligence investigations are not easy to get. And if you're a candidate for president, it's even harder. 

Modeling Gun Violence as a Contagion
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Modeling Gun Violence as a Contagion

Using data to try to keep people from getting shot.

Using Game Theory to Predict Cyberattacks on Elections and Voting Machines
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Using Game Theory to Predict Cyberattacks on Elections and Voting Machines

An algorithm based on game theory can be used to protect against efforts to tamper with election results.

Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind
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Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind

Baxter is but a child, with bright eyes and a subtle grin.

To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case
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To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have ...

Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy
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Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy

The Synthetic Data Vault is a new machine-learning system that automatically creates synthetic data, which can be used in data science efforts that otherwise would...

Software Engineers Have Figured Out a Way to Turn Charts Into Music for the Blind
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Software Engineers Have Figured Out a Way to Turn Charts Into Music for the Blind

Legally blind SAS software engineer Ed Summers in February guided the company's release of a free browser plug-in that scans Web pages for graphs or charts and...

Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs
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Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs

Researchers found teens rarely talked to their parents about potentially risky online experiences.
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