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Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals
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Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals

Certain patterns, such as the fractal, are repeated over and over in nature—with some spectacular contrasts on wildly different scales.

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks
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Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.

Festo ­nleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies
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Festo ­nleashes New Robotic Swarm of Ants and Butterflies

The family of animal robots created by German robotics company Festo is growing. As part of its Bionic Learning Network, the company has introduced two new robots...

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong
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Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Entanglement, Prove Einstein Wrong

For the first time, quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers—an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the...

Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior
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Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior

Object recognition makes up one part of autonomous car technology, but then comes the question of what the car does in response to what it detects.

FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet
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FCC Goes Public with Net Neutrality Rules For Governing Internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday finally spelled out how it will preserve the open Internet, publicly releasing a 400-page PDF that details its...

Dig This: I Operated a Giant Excavator from 2,500km Away
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Dig This: I Operated a Giant Excavator from 2,500km Away

Thanks to Ericsson, I can check off operating heavy machinery from my bucket list.

7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do
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7 Things Net Neutrality Won't Do

When it comes to the new Net neutrality rules adopted last week by the Federal Communications Commission, people think either that US regulators have liberated...

Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning
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Rare Stegosaurus Skeleton Delivers Secrets Through 3D Scanning

In 2013, London's Natural History Museum acquired a rare Stegosaurus skeleton.

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.

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.

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
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Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'terrifying' Online Video Challenges

Think online video is old hat? Think again.
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