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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.

To Digitize a Brain, First Slice 2,000 Times with a Very Sharp Blade
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To Digitize a Brain, First Slice 2,000 Times with a Very Sharp Blade

As I stepped into the Brain Observatory, I didn't really see what I expected from a brain bank.

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
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Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.

Intel Forges Ahead to 10nm, Will Move Away from Silicon at 7nm
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Intel Forges Ahead to 10nm, Will Move Away from Silicon at 7nm

This week at the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Intel will provide an update on its new 10nm manufacturing process and new research...

Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar
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Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar

Citizenfour is filmmaker Laura Poitras' account of the first meetings between herself, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.

How Hackers Could Attack Hard Drives to Create a Pervasive Backdoor
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How Hackers Could Attack Hard Drives to Create a Pervasive Backdoor

News that a hacking group within or associated with the National Security Agency compromised the firmware of hard drive controllers from a number of manufacturers...

If Software Looks Like a Brain and Acts Like a Brain—will We Treat It Like One?
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If Software Looks Like a Brain and Acts Like a Brain—will We Treat It Like One?

Long the domain of science fiction, researchers are now working to create software that perfectly models human and animal brains.

Computer Algorithm Can Accurately Identify Jackson Pollock Paintings
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Computer Algorithm Can Accurately Identify Jackson Pollock Paintings

Like his work or hate it, it's clear that the painter Jackson Pollock pioneered a distinctive visual style with his drip paintings.

Washington Lawmakers Want Computer Science to Count as Foreign Language
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Washington Lawmakers Want Computer Science to Count as Foreign Language

Two Washington state legislators have recently introduced a bill that would allow computer science class (e.g., programming) to effectively count as a foreign language...

Look Into My Eyes: Tracking Your Gaze Could Be the Next Big Gaming Input
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Look Into My Eyes: Tracking Your Gaze Could Be the Next Big Gaming Input

The bulk of the press release announcing a March 10 release for the PC port of Assassin's Creed Rogue is strictly boilerplate.

Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained
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Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained

Within a few weeks we’ll have a huge document full of legalese on the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, to replace the near-200-page ...

Cops Get Handheld Radar that Can 'detect People Breathing' Through Walls
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Cops Get Handheld Radar that Can 'detect People Breathing' Through Walls

At least 50 local law enforcement agencies—and the United States Marshals—have acquired a type of handheld radar that allows cops to scan through walls to detect...
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