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Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to ­nlock the ­niverse
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Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to ­nlock the ­niverse

For nearly as long as we've walked the Earth, humans have tried to make sense of the stars.

This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold
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This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold

Timing is everything.

How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech
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How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech

Cory Anstey always wanted to be a farmer. It was the joy of riding in the tractor, "the smell of the dirt in the spring" that drew him to the fields.

­se Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords
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­se Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords

I'm sitting in an office at the University of California, Berkeley with an electrode strapped to my head. A black headband holds a connector to my forehead and...

The Advent of Virtual Humans
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The Advent of Virtual Humans

Justine Cassell has taken her virtual assistant Sara on a road trip.

Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq
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Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq

In a special video production, CNET takes you inside the hallowed halls of Bletchley Park, the stately home in Buckinghamshire, England where the Enigma code was...

Google's AI Software Is Moving Into Your Iphone
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Google's AI Software Is Moving Into Your Iphone

Google's artificial intelligence software, smart enough to help vanquish the world's top Go player and answer your email, is coming to your iPhone.

IBM Memory Advances Could Speed ­p Your Phone
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IBM Memory Advances Could Speed ­p Your Phone

Ever wanted to pound your PC as it crawls through a restart or fumed that your phone takes much too long to launch an e-book app?  

Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers
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Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers

About 35 high-school students sit at neatly arranged rows of tables in the university's gym. Another 115 college-level contestants surround the high schoolers.

Autofocusing Contact Lenses? Today's Chip Research Peeks Into Tomorrow's Gadgets
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Autofocusing Contact Lenses? Today's Chip Research Peeks Into Tomorrow's Gadgets

Belgian design organization Imec is expanding into new territory with its latest computer chip technology research projects. 

How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?
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How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

You know that part about the FBI needing Apple's help to unlock a terrorist's iPhone 5C?

Battery-Free Wearables of the Future Could Run Off Your Footsteps
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Battery-Free Wearables of the Future Could Run Off Your Footsteps

Researchers at the University of Southampton have designed an insole to sit inside a person's shoe and harvest energy from their footsteps.

Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking
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Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking

Apple shouldn't have to comply with a search order for an iPhone used by one the San Bernardino, California, terrorists because the Constitution forbids it, the...

Quantum Mechanics Is So Weird That Scientists Need AI to Design Experiments
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Quantum Mechanics Is So Weird That Scientists Need AI to Design Experiments

University of Vienna researchers have developed an algorithm that helps design experiments in quantum optics. 

Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game
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Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game

Levi's Stadium has been in beta since it opened a year and a half ago.

What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future
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What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future

Do androids dream of electric sheep? That's unclear, but I know for sure that every kid dreams of intelligent, thinking robots—certainly every kid who goes on to...

To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies
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To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies

Ed Catmull's office could be a window into the brain of Pixar.

How Apple's Force Touch Could Change the Way You ­se Your Next Iphone or Ipad
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How Apple's Force Touch Could Change the Way You ­se Your Next Iphone or Ipad

Pressure-sensitive screens, haptic feedback: Why should you care?

To Inspire Software and Hardware Developers, Intel Gets Bold and Very Weird
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To Inspire Software and Hardware Developers, Intel Gets Bold and Very Weird

It was about 10 seconds into the robotic spider dance that you had to remind yourself you were watching a presentation by the world's largest chipmaker, Intel.

Natural Selection: Mama Robot Builds Self-Evolving Baby-Bots
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Natural Selection: Mama Robot Builds Self-Evolving Baby-Bots

The theory of natural selection popularised by Charles Darwin has now been demonstrated in robots.
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