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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
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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.

Brain-to-Brain Verbal Communication in Humans Achieved For the First Time
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Brain-to-Brain Verbal Communication in Humans Achieved For the First Time

Humans just got a step closer to being able to think a message into someone else's brain on the other side of the world.

Can an Armadillo Paper Airplane Fly? Autodesk Says Yes
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Can an Armadillo Paper Airplane Fly? Autodesk Says Yes

We've all made the standard paper airplane, that elongated triangle made up of six simple folds.

'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat
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'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat

As many as 13 previously unknown vulnerabilities in home Wi-Fi routers and networked storage systems are set to be disclosed at the Black Hat computer security...

No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup
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No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup

Spectacular falls, miraculous goals, and footwork that would put the Premier League to shame—RoboCup 2014 has seen it all.

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories
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Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?

Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch
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Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch

The performance of the world's fastest computers has been steadily growing for two decades, but the latest tally of their collective performance shows slowing progress...

Getting Everyday Objects to Think
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Getting Everyday Objects to Think

In an interview, Ayla Networks co-founder and Stanford University professor Thomas Lee discusses the future of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Microsoft Declares Webgl 'harmful' to Security
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Microsoft Declares Webgl 'harmful' to Security

Some researchers say that WebGL, a universal three-dimensional Web graphics standard that has been widely anticipated by Web programmers, could lead to significant...

IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things
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IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things

In a rare public speaking occasion, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said that today's energy infrastructure needs to be further digitized and focused on the end consumer...

Playing It Safe With Two Networks
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Playing It Safe With Two Networks

To protect itself from hackers, Cryptography Research runs two unconnected networks—one for sensitive data and core engineering work that is not connected to the...

Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid
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Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid

Intel wants you to take more interest in your energy use but isn't fussy about how you do it. The chip giant has developed a broad strategy to make money on smart...

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Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...

Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job
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Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job

Peiter Zatko--a respected hacker known as "Mudge"--has been tapped to be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding research designed toDARPA...

Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion
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Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion

If wireless operators thought they'd faced a deluge of data traffic from the iPhone, they haven't seen anything yet, according to a survey from network equipment...
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