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A New 'smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses
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A New 'smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses

A new rifle goes on sale on Wednesday, and it's not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate.

Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found Dna Into Portraits
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Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found Dna Into Portraits

Heather Dewey-Hagborg was sitting in a therapy session a while ago and noticed a painting on the wall. The glass on the frame was cracked, and lodged in the crack...

How One College Is Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap
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How One College Is Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap

There are still relatively few women in tech. Maria Klawe wants to change that. As president of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school in Southern...

Yes, Your New Car Has A 'black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?
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Yes, Your New Car Has A 'black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?

If you're a vehicle owner and happen to have a car accident in the near future (we hope you don't), it's likely the crash details will be recorded.

In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are a Hot Commodity
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In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are a Hot Commodity

There have been security flaws in software as long as there has been software, but they have become even more critically important in the context of cyberweapons...

In Video-Streaming Rat Race, Fast Is Never Fast Enough
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In Video-Streaming Rat Race, Fast Is Never Fast Enough

On average, YouTube streams 4 billion hours of video per month.

Ftc Offers $50,000 Reward to Help Stop Robocalls
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Ftc Offers $50,000 Reward to Help Stop Robocalls

Unwanted telemarketing calls, trademarked for interrupting dinners across the nation, have become such a nuisance over the years that the Federal Trade Commission...

Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year
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Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year

"Big Data" hasn't made any of the words-of-the-year lists I've seen so far. That's probably because it didn't get the wide public exposure given to items like "...

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...

Employee Shopping: 'acqui-Hire' Is the New Normal in Silicon Valley
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Employee Shopping: 'acqui-Hire' Is the New Normal in Silicon Valley

Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech...

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...
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