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Reflective Satellites May Be the Future of High-End Encryption
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Reflective Satellites May Be the Future of High-End Encryption

Quantum key distribution is regularly touted as the encryption of the future. While the keys are exchanged on an insecure channel, the laws of physics provide a...

Robokiller Wins Ftc Prize By Annihilating Robocalls
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Robokiller Wins Ftc Prize By Annihilating Robocalls

A new technology called "RoboKiller" has won a $25,000 grand prize from the Federal Trade Commission in the agency's "Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back" contest...

Google Ordered to Remove Links to Stories about Google Removing Links to Stories
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Google Ordered to Remove Links to Stories about Google Removing Links to Stories

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered Google to remove links from its search results that point to news stories reporting on earlier removals...

Nsa Preps Quantum-Resistant Algorithms to Head Off Crypto-Apocalypse
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Nsa Preps Quantum-Resistant Algorithms to Head Off Crypto-Apocalypse

The National Security Agency is advising U.S. agencies and businesses to prepare for a time in the not-too-distant future when the cryptography protecting virtually...

Intel and Micron ­nveil 3d Xpoint, a Brand New Memory Technology
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Intel and Micron ­nveil 3d Xpoint, a Brand New Memory Technology

Intel and Micron have unveiled what appears to be the holy grail of memory.

Toss Your Manual Overboard; Augmented Reality Aims at Big Industry
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Toss Your Manual Overboard; Augmented Reality Aims at Big Industry

For better or for worse, augmented reality (AR) is charging forward in the consumer space—but there's a place for AR in the industrial world as well.

Warrantless Phone Tapping, Email Spying Inching to Supreme Court Review
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Warrantless Phone Tapping, Email Spying Inching to Supreme Court Review

In 2013, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a once-clandestine warrantless surveillance program that gobbles up Americans' electronic communications—a project...

'epic' Fail—how Opm Hackers Tapped the Mother Lode of Espionage Data
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'epic' Fail—how Opm Hackers Tapped the Mother Lode of Espionage Data

Government officials have been vague in their testimony about the data breaches—there was apparently more than one—at the Office of Personnel Management.

Shock European Court Decision: Websites Are Liable For ­sers' Comments
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Shock European Court Decision: Websites Are Liable For ­sers' Comments

In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous...

How the End of Patriot Act Provisions Changes Nsa Surveillance
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How the End of Patriot Act Provisions Changes Nsa Surveillance

Thanks to resistance from Senator Rand Paul and other members of the Senate, the provisions of the USA Patriot Act that were used to justify the National Security...

Atomic Telescope Brings Atoms to Standstill
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Atomic Telescope Brings Atoms to Standstill

One of the abiding mysteries of physics is how to make the transition between quantum and classical objects.

Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Virtual Avatar
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Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Virtual Avatar

When Facebook bought Oculus VR back in March of 2014, many wondered exactly what the social network was going to do with it; let's face it, many of us are still wondering...

Researchers Craft Network Attack to 'hack' Surgical Robot (sort Of)
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Researchers Craft Network Attack to 'hack' Surgical Robot (sort Of)

As part of a series of experiments, a group of researchers at the University of Washington's BioRobotics Lab launched denial-of-service attacks against a remotely...

Nasa Bids Farewell to Messenger, Its Mercury Orbiter
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Nasa Bids Farewell to Messenger, Its Mercury Orbiter

A bit over 3,900 days ago, NASA sent a probe on a meandering course through the inner Solar System.

Project Elysium Wants to ­se Vr to Revive Deceased Loved Ones
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Project Elysium Wants to ­se Vr to Revive Deceased Loved Ones

How far is too far when it comes to pushing the boundaries of virtual reality?

2,636 Icelandic Genomes Pinpoint Risk For Alzheimer's, Other Diseases
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2,636 Icelandic Genomes Pinpoint Risk For Alzheimer's, Other Diseases

An Icelandic genetics firm has sequenced the genomes of 2,636 of its countrymen and women, finding genetic markers for a variety of diseases, as well as a new timeline...

Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'glassholes'
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Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'glassholes'

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that has been on the cusp of becoming the next big thing for over 20 years.

Machine Consciousness: Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things
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Machine Consciousness: Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things

During my visit to General Electric's Global Research Centers in San Ramon, California, and Niskayuna, New York, last month, I got what amounts to an end-to-end...

For a Brighter Robotics Future, It's Time to Offload Their Brains
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For a Brighter Robotics Future, It's Time to Offload Their Brains

Robots already stand in for humans in some of the dullest and most dangerous jobs there are, handling everything from painting cars to drilling rocks on Mars.

Doing Astronomy with Neutrinos
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Doing Astronomy with Neutrinos

The IceCube detector, located at the South Pole, monitors a cubic kilometer of ice for the flashes of light produced as energetic particles traverse the ice.
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