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Rosetta's Lost Comet Lander Philae Could Wake ­p in May Sunshine
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Rosetta's Lost Comet Lander Philae Could Wake ­p in May Sunshine

Spring is seen as a time of renewal. Flowers bloom. Days get longer. New life emerges. Something similar could happen on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the object...

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto
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Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to...

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future
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High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future

Floor tiles that generate electricity when people walk on them. Streetlamps that transmit data to people passing beneath them.

Artificial Intelligence Experts Sign Open Letter to Protect Mankind from Machines
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Artificial Intelligence Experts Sign Open Letter to Protect Mankind from Machines

The Future of Life Institute wants humanity to tread lightly while on the road to really smart, and not so cuddly, robots.

Intel Tech Brings US Closer to the World of 'minority Report'
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Intel Tech Brings US Closer to the World of 'minority Report'

Technology shown by Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show is largely oriented around a depth-sensing camera that could transform human-computer interaction.

Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera
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Hacker Claims You Can Steal Fingerprints With Only a Camera

Physical access to a fingerprint may not be required to exploit fingerprint readers, according to a European hacker.

Google Lunar Xprize: Astrobotic's Rover Rakes in $750,000
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Google Lunar Xprize: Astrobotic's Rover Rakes in $750,000

It's been a little while since we checked in with Team Astrobotic.It's been a little while since we checked in with Team Astrobotic.

Amputee Simultaneously Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Mind
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Amputee Simultaneously Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Mind

Replacement limbs that completely replicate the functions and abilities of real limbs are the current white whale of prosthetics, and we're getting closer: mind...

Why Nasa Looks to Europa to Find the Building Blocks of Life
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Why Nasa Looks to Europa to Find the Building Blocks of Life

When it comes to life, biologists have long hypothesised that its origins—on Earth, at least—were in thermal vents on the ocean floor, following a period of ...

Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online
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Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online

Even famed hacker Kevin Mitnick—labeled a "computer terrorist" by the FBI in the '90s—worries about getting hacked.

Google Boosts Turing Award Computing Prize to $1 Million
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Google Boosts Turing Award Computing Prize to $1 Million

There's no Nobel prize for computer science, but after a grant from Google, the top award in the field now just as lucrative.

Digital Reconstruction Restores Rare Dino Skull
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Digital Reconstruction Restores Rare Dino Skull

Dinosaur fossils are valuable resources—yet access to them can be tricky.

Self-Driving Car Advocates Tangle With Messy Morality
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Self-Driving Car Advocates Tangle With Messy Morality

Sure, dealing with lane changes, firetrucks and construction projects is difficult for engineers building self-driving cars. But what about deciding which people...

Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'terrifying' Online Video Challenges
From ACM Opinion

Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'terrifying' Online Video Challenges

Think online video is old hat? Think again.

The Scent of a Comet: Rotten Eggs and Pee
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The Scent of a Comet: Rotten Eggs and Pee

Eau de Comet isn't, we now know, the most seductive scent floating around in our galaxy. The Rosetta probe's Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis...

Intel Meets its 'makers,' with Chips For Diy Set and the Firms They'll Found
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Intel Meets its 'makers,' with Chips For Diy Set and the Firms They'll Found

Intel's Edison chip has been launched in a rocket, floated in a weather balloon, fitted into a futuristic light-emitting dress and used to power a dancing robot...

Internet of Things Gets a Hand from Arm's New Operating System
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Internet of Things Gets a Hand from Arm's New Operating System

Desktops have Linux. Mobile devices have Android. The Internet of Things has...Mbed?

Tiny Robot Learns to Fly a Real Plane
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Tiny Robot Learns to Fly a Real Plane

A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future.

Scientists Make Quantum Leap, Teleport Data from Light to Matter
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Scientists Make Quantum Leap, Teleport Data from Light to Matter

We're one step closer to creating the Ansible communicator in "Ender's Game," the warp drive envisioned by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre and a "Star Trek"...

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World
From ACM Opinion

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft.
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