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What Worries People about Future Science and Tech Innovations?
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What Worries People about Future Science and Tech Innovations?

Many Americans see the future crowding into the present and some of the innovations ahead unnerve them, especially as they reshape ideas about human dominion.

Exploring a Different Kind of Team Sport
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Exploring a Different Kind of Team Sport

Imagine that you wanted to get teens excited about a competitive, extracurricular team.

New Simpler Parkinson's Tests Probe Walking, Talking, Typing
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New Simpler Parkinson's Tests Probe Walking, Talking, Typing

People with Parkinson's disease may show hints of motor difficulty years before an official diagnosis, but current methods for catching early symptoms require clinic...

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

World's First 'cybathlon' Pits High-Tech Prosthetics Against One Another
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World's First 'cybathlon' Pits High-Tech Prosthetics Against One Another

Bob Radocy finished screwing a light bulb into a lamp perched on the desk ... and the crowd went wild.

Maker Movement Turns Scientists Into Tinkerers
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Maker Movement Turns Scientists Into Tinkerers

To do science, scientists need money—and usually a lot of it because specialized equipment and tools don’t come cheap.

When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook
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When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook

Facebook is well known for its early and increasing use of artificial intelligence.

How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime
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How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime

Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, "their victims rave about the customer service".

Smartphone Screen Lets You Reach Out and Touch Some 'thing'
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Smartphone Screen Lets You Reach Out and Touch Some 'thing'

A tiny startup outside Chicago has created external hardware for a smartphone that enables a user to feel as well as see an image on flat glass.

Tricorder Xprize Competition Heats ­p
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Tricorder Xprize Competition Heats ­p

On the classic TV series Star Trek, Dr. McCoy made his job look easy.

Fateful Phone Call Spawned Moore's Law
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Fateful Phone Call Spawned Moore's Law

In their new book, Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary, authors Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock and Rachel Jones chronicle...

Dating Services Tinker with the Algorithms of Love
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Dating Services Tinker with the Algorithms of Love

You may have seen the Parks and Recreation episode where Tom Haverford makes 26 different online dating profiles to increase his odds of matching with every woman...

Astrobiologist Aims to Make Science Education More Interactive
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Astrobiologist Aims to Make Science Education More Interactive

I remember battling sleepiness as I slouched in a large lecture hall, squinting to make out the writing on the blackboard during my freshman introductory physics...

Power to the Internet of Things
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Power to the Internet of Things

As many as 50 billion devices will be online by the end of the decade.

Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest
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Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest

A small cybersecurity firm claimed this summer to have uncovered a scam by Russian Internet thieves to amass a mountain of stolen information from 420,000 Web and...

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones
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Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern...

Why We Don't Trust Technology Companies
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Why We Don't Trust Technology Companies

Last October, T-Mobile made an astonishing announcement: from now on, when you travel internationally with a T-Mobile phone, you get free unlimited text messages...

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?
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Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?

Which is more intrusive: security screening and metal detectors every few blocks, or a drone flying high above it taking video of every little thing you do?

Crash Course: Training the Brain of a Driverless Car
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Crash Course: Training the Brain of a Driverless Car

Early attempts at driverless cars have had little difficulty gathering the loads of data required to operate autonomously.
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