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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.

This Working Computer Is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice
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This Working Computer Is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice

The University of Michigan's Micro Mote is an autonomous computer programmed and charged via light, which could be used for a variety of medical and industrial...

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.

Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science
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Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science

Startups as well as large tech firms now realize their products need to be both visually appealing and deliver great user experiences.

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.

Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work
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Rare Alan Turing Journal Shows His Genius at Work

Two decades after its discovery, a rare handwritten journal belonging to computing pioneer Alan Turing will be auctioned off this spring in San Francisco. 

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...
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