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In Eye Control, a Promise to Let Your Tablet Go Hands-Free
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In Eye Control, a Promise to Let Your Tablet Go Hands-Free

Forget touch screens and voice recognition; what if you could control your computer just by looking at it?

Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum for Now
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Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum for Now

Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it's a good problem.

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?
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Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the...

Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild
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Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild

Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes...

To This Agency, There's Only One Way to Operate: Precisely
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To This Agency, There's Only One Way to Operate: Precisely

David Wineland is the American half of the scientific duo celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics yesterday.

Online Education Grows Up, and For Now, It's Free
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Online Education Grows Up, and For Now, It's Free

Online education isn't particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing...

Big Data and Its Big Problems
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Big Data and Its Big Problems

Imagine every thousandth blood cell in your body has a tiny radio transmitter in it.

Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds
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Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds

Military commanders, government officials and members of Congress have long wrangled over which weapon systems are needed. Now, there's an argument over what computer...

Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?
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Massive Cyberattack: Act 1 of Israeli Strike on Iran?

Talk in Israel of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has reached a fever pitch.

In Japan, Mobile Startups Take Gaming To Next Level
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In Japan, Mobile Startups Take Gaming To Next Level

On the subway, in doctor's waiting rooms and during college lectures, millions of Japanese can be found glued to their smartphones. But they're not texting or making...

Study To Test 'talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers
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Study To Test 'talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers

Experts predict that our cars will one day routinely "talk" to one another with wireless communication devices, possibly preventing huge numbers of traffic accidents...

Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked
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Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked

The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar upgrade of the nation's air traffic control system.

Report from the Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses
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Report from the Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses

Drone makers and robotics manufacturers are looking for—and finding—new uses for devices that were once limited to the worlds of science and the military.

When Does An App Need Fda's Blessing?
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When Does An App Need Fda's Blessing?

Bernard Farrell obsesses over every bite he eats, every minute of exercise he gets, and everything that stresses him out. And, more than anything else, Farrell...

A Code of Conduct, For Drones?
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A Code of Conduct, For Drones?

It's a bird. It's a plane. Actually, it's a drone. And now those unmanned aircraft, best known for being used by the U.S. to kill terrorism suspects overseas, have...

Digital Domain Grapples With Fur, Feathers
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Digital Domain Grapples With Fur, Feathers

You may not have heard of the special-effects studio Digital Domain, but you've probably seen their work. They sank the Titanic for James Cameron; they aged Brad...
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