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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
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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
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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.

Loneliness Narrows the Uncanny Valley
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Loneliness Narrows the Uncanny Valley

Talking to inanimate objects when you're feeling lonely may not be so strange after all.

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...

Experimental Software Allows 3D Object Manipulation in 2d Photos
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Experimental Software Allows 3D Object Manipulation in 2d Photos

The scene in Blade Runner is famous: taking a grainy photo, Rick Deckard zooms, enhances and moves around corners just as you would a 3D space.

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.

Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program
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Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program

The U.S. National Security Agency has selected five more schools for its Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program.

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?

New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines
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New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines

The New York City subway system may run 24 hours a day and represent the most efficient means to get around the metropolis, but it has long been a sore spot for...

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...
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