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The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
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The Billion Dollar War Over Maps

During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars.

Could the ­S Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?
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Could the ­S Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?

A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities...

U.s. Military Spending Millions to Make Cyborgs a Reality
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U.s. Military Spending Millions to Make Cyborgs a Reality

The U.S. military is spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow a human brain to communicate directly with computers.

Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist
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Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist

At large news agencies where speed is crucial, template-style stories have long been used for company results, allowing journalists to simply key in the relevant...

New Technology Aims to Rid World Cup of 'ghost Goals'
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New Technology Aims to Rid World Cup of 'ghost Goals'

In 1966, British soccer legend Geoff Hurst booted a right-foot shot against Germany in the World Cup championship game.

Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech
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Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech

While the majority of Americans surveyed think tech developments will make life in the next half-century better, 30 percent said they would make life worse. 

Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here
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Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here

Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal.

5 Biometric Alternatives to the Password
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5 Biometric Alternatives to the Password

There are many things that make you special: Your sense of humor, your dance moves, your personal style, the shape of your ear.

Teen to Government: Change Your Typeface, Save Millions
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Teen to Government: Change Your Typeface, Save Millions

A Pittsburgh-area middle school student says his school district can save up to $21,000 annually by printing documents exclusively in the Garamond font.

How Corporate America Fights Hackers
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How Corporate America Fights Hackers

To defend themselves against hackers, some of America's largest corporations have adopted shadowy tactics usually reserved for government spies.

Japan: A Haven For Humanoid Robots
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Japan: A Haven For Humanoid Robots

Noriko Arai is not the first woman to spotlight the hazard that boys and their toys can present, and she won't be the last.

Top 5 Jobs in Silicon Valley
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Top 5 Jobs in Silicon Valley

If there's anything observers can say with certainty, it's that Silicon Valley remains an anomalous industry.

Website Maps 1.2 Billion Facebook Faces
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Website Maps 1.2 Billion Facebook Faces

Facebook has so many users—more than a billion, or roughly the population of India—that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible.

The Five Scariest Hacks We Saw Last Week
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The Five Scariest Hacks We Saw Last Week

If something can connect to a network, it can be hacked. Computers and phones are still popular targets, but increasingly so are cars, home security systems, TVs...

The Race to a $100 Genome
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The Race to a $100 Genome

Mark Costa has a higher-than-average risk of stomach cancer, a lower-than-average risk for Alzheimer's, and he metabolizes caffeine very slowly.

Inside the Drone Economy
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Inside the Drone Economy

Last month the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the unmanned systems industry's largest trade organization, released its first economic study...

Why Fbi and CIA Didn't Connect the Dots
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Why Fbi and CIA Didn't Connect the Dots

The FBI and the CIA are being criticized for not keeping better track of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the months before the Boston Marathon bombings.

Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?
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Digital Tattoos, Mind-Reading Headphones: The Shape of Things to Come?

Forecasting future technology has never been easy. In the 1950s, scientists and technologists envisaged that by now the world would be free from disease, traversed...

Graphene: The Nano-Size Material with a Massive Future
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Graphene: The Nano-Size Material with a Massive Future

Ever since it was discovered in 2004, graphene has been hailed as a natural wonder of the materials world destined to transform our lives in the 21st century.

The Great Surveillance Boom
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The Great Surveillance Boom

Video surveillance is big business. Expect it to get bigger. After law enforcement used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help identify last week's Boston...
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