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Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement
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Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement

The world needs cyber war "Rules of Engagement" to cope with potentially devastating cyber weapons, Russian and US experts will tell world leaders at a security...

Earth Project Aims to 'simulate Everything'
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Earth Project Aims to 'simulate Everything'

An international group of scientists are aiming to create a simulator that can replicate everything happening on Earth—from global weather patterns and the spread...

Life Goes Online After Death with 'memory Boxes'
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Life Goes Online After Death with 'memory Boxes'

The death of a close, elderly relative can often mean a sombre weekend or two going through old things, sorting through photographs, donating old clothes to charity...

Privacy Project ­ses Cryptography to Reduce Shared Info
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Privacy Project ­ses Cryptography to Reduce Shared Info

An electronic wallet that encrypts the owner's personal information is being developed by IBM researchers. The device will only allow the sharing of information...

Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue
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Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue

A member of the Anonymous group of hackers, which has been targeting firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the campaign is not over.

Web Bug Reveals Browsing History
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Web Bug Reveals Browsing History

Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places people go online, finds research.

European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show
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European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show

European Union (EU) member states need to do more to prepare for cyberattacks, concludes a report of Cyber Europe 2010, a simulation of how EU countries would react...

Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?
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Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

With a global economy and flights that can take you all over the world in hours, why is it that we still struggle with a language barrier that technology is finding...

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What Is Wikileaks?

Months after releasing some 90,000 secret records of U.S. military incident and intelligence reports about the war in Afghanistan, Wikileaks has posted online...

German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz
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German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz

It is a remarkable acrobatic display. Two German radar satellites are now flying in tight formation as they prepare to make the most detailed ever 3D map of the...

Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine
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Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine

A U.K. campaign to build a truck-sized, prototype computer first envisaged in 1837 is gathering steam.

Call to Define Rules of Cyber War
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Call to Define Rules of Cyber War

Nations need to define the rules of engagement for acts of cyber terror.

Clever Cars to Mean Safer Driving
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Clever Cars to Mean Safer Driving

On-board computers and sensors in cars are helping to augment a person's driving skill and that trend will only continue as technologies such as collision-detection...

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Pi record Smashed As Team Finds Two-Quadrillionth Digit

A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi—and a few digits either side of it.

Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'
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Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'

A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien "sentient machines."

Tech Industry Holds Closed Door Talks on Open Internet
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Tech Industry Holds Closed Door Talks on Open Internet

The Information Technology Industry Council, representing leading technology industry firms, recently held a closed-door meeting to discuss the future of the open...

Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions
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Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

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Wikileaks Encryption ­se Offers 'legal Challenge'

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the...

How the Internet Is Changing Language
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How the Internet Is Changing Language

"To Google" has become a universally understood verb, and many countries are developing their own Internet slang. But is the Web changing language, and is everyone...

Cult of Less: Living Out of a Hard Drive
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Cult of Less: Living Out of a Hard Drive

Many have begun trading in CD, DVD, and book collections for digital music, movies, and e-books. But this trend in digital technology is now influencing some...
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