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New Solar Flare Simulation Reveals Dazzling Beauty of Dangerous Eruptions
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New Solar Flare Simulation Reveals Dazzling Beauty of Dangerous Eruptions

Researchers for the first time have modeled the complete life cycle of solar flares.

Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google
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Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google

Google is helping preserve Brazil's National Museum via a virtual exhibition, three months after the institution's destruction by fire.

Duolingo, CAPTCHA Co-founder Luis von Ahn Wins Prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize
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Duolingo, CAPTCHA Co-founder Luis von Ahn Wins Prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize

"It's been my life's dream to be able to invent new technology that can help reduce inequality by making high-quality education accessible to everyone."

Codella Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding
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Codella Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding

The Miami, FL-based CODeLLA project was launched in 2013 to encourage Latina girls ages 8-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

CIA Prepping For Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
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CIA Prepping For Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential...

The Growing Need For More Women Cybersleuths
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The Growing Need For More Women Cybersleuths

The recent rash of online hacks highlights a mounting need for cybersecurity professionals, including women. 

Cyber Spy High: Meet the Nsa's Hacker Recruiter
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Cyber Spy High: Meet the Nsa's Hacker Recruiter

The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem.

Monkey Thoughts Move Virtual Arms—human-Machine Mind-Meld Next?
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Monkey Thoughts Move Virtual Arms—human-Machine Mind-Meld Next?

Rhesus monkeys in a lab are using their brains to move two arms of a virtual primate on a screen, moving researchers one step closer towards outfitting paralyzed...

Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims
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Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims

Tor, a service that helps cautious Internet users stay anonymous online, is facing increased scrutiny and potentially new attacks as the global debate on surveillance...

'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom
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'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom

Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.

Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen
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Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen

Everywhere you go, your phone is sending out signals that can be assembled to form a picture of your movements.

How Snowden Did It
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How Snowden Did It

When Edward Snowden stole the crown jewels of the National Security Agency, he didn't need to use any sophisticated devices or software or go around any computer...

One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment
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One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment

For the Curiosity rover, it's just another day on Mars—but back on Earth, Tuesday was a day to look back at the $2.5 billion mission's first year, including a moment...

Government Can Grab Cell Phone Location Records Without Warrant, Appeals Court Says
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Government Can Grab Cell Phone Location Records Without Warrant, Appeals Court Says

In a major victory for the Justice Department over privacy advocates, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that government agencies can collect records showing...

Hack a Virus, Win a Prize: Scientist Recognized For 'useful' Germ Modding
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Hack a Virus, Win a Prize: Scientist Recognized For 'useful' Germ Modding

The inventor of a viral technology behind tomorrow's electric car batteries, flexible touchscreen computers, and non-invasive cancer screening was awarded a $500...

Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say
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Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say

Science fiction is quickly taking a back seat to science fact. Just look at a new report by the country's leading roboticists.

In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone
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In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone

Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There's no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to...

Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects
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Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects

Since the bombs went off in Boston's Copley Square on Monday, the FBI and Boston Police Department have been enlisting the public's help with what may be the world's...

As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?
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As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?

When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, there were nearly as many camera-equipped smartphones as people there in Copley Square.

Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say
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Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say

An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according...
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