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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 Rodents and Coffee Could Shape Future Space Robots
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How Rodents and Coffee Could Shape Future Space Robots

What do artificial whiskers and coffee-filled balloons have in common?

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.

'feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology
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'feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology

Touch technology has come a long way in the last decade.

Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think
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Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Just under 10 years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way we understand matter and win him and...

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...

High-Tech Camera Acts Like a Bug's Eye
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High-Tech Camera Acts Like a Bug's Eye

The next generation of digital cameras could show us how bugs see the world.

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...

After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras
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After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras

Even after the identification of the Boston bombing suspects through grainy security-camera images, officials say that blanketing a city in surveillance cameras...

Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane
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Hacker Says Phone App Could Hijack Plane

Could this be the deadliest smartphone app ever?

17 of Apple's Favorite Apps
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17 of Apple's Favorite Apps

Steve Jobs was a stickler for detail, requiring final approval on everything from ads to wording on his Keynote presentations. It's no surprise then that the company...
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