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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...

At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy
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At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy

As all things that are meant to be infallible, new technology being used in the 2014 World Cup has caused a stir.

Virtual Soccer Now a World Cup Fan's Best Prediction Tool
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Virtual Soccer Now a World Cup Fan's Best Prediction Tool

Thursday marks the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, signaling the start of a global guessing game about which two teams will appear in the finals of the 64-match...

360-Degree Camera Shoots Vr Movies For Oculus Rift
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360-Degree Camera Shoots Vr Movies For Oculus Rift

Step into the silver screen with movies shot using the Panopticam.

A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win Wwii, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer
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A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win Wwii, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer

MI6 called it Station X.

Origami Unfolds a New World of Shape-Shifting Electronics
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Origami Unfolds a New World of Shape-Shifting Electronics

The art of origami is transforming electrical engineering and electronics design, as scientists draw on concepts that could enable new shape-shifting electronics...

Google's Self-Driving Car Turns Out to Be a Very Smart Ride
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Google's Self-Driving Car Turns Out to Be a Very Smart Ride

A white Lexus hybrid SUV inches to the left, creating a slightly wider buffer as it passes a bicyclist in the bike lane on a busy and unseasonably hot Tuesday afternoon...

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). 

Steve Matteson: Fonts in the Time of Wearables
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Steve Matteson: Fonts in the Time of Wearables

As gadgets get smaller, and mobile manufacturers find new ways to shrink their devices to fit on a user's wrist, people like Steve Matteson are focused on keeping...

Open Enigma Project Makes Encryption Machines Accessible
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Open Enigma Project Makes Encryption Machines Accessible

Enigma machines have captivated everyone from legendary code breaker Alan Turing and the dedicated cryptographers from England's Bletchley Park to historians and...

All Hacking Eyes on the Prize Money at Cansecwest
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All Hacking Eyes on the Prize Money at Cansecwest

When it comes to hacking, it turns out that greed really is good.

How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion
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How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion

Are you curious why everyone is talking about the Internet of everything?

Visiting Mauna Kea, the World's Best Spot For Stargazing
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Visiting Mauna Kea, the World's Best Spot For Stargazing

I was recently having lunch at a lovely and only slightly overpriced cafe overlooking the Pacific in the historic resort region of Kailua-Kona on the dry side of...

Humans Came Long After Aliens, Scientist Suggests
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Humans Came Long After Aliens, Scientist Suggests

I've never thought of humanity as being especially advanced.

Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names
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Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names

Starting next week, the Internet is going to look very different—and ICANN Chief Executive Fadi Chehade is the one who'll get both the credit and the blame.

At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack
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At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack

Imagine this scenario: In the course of an hour this week, four different people involved in Super Bowl setup require emergency medical assistance, all for nausea...

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)
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Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday struck down rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010 meant to protect...

Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development
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Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday designated six projects across the U.S. for research into drones, the unmanned aircraft that have the potential to...

Are We in the Matrix? Science Looks For Signs We're Not Real
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Are We in the Matrix? Science Looks For Signs We're Not Real

Over the years, some science fiction has popularized the notion that our world might not be what it seems—that we might all be living in the Matrix (to use perhaps...
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