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Swarming ­p A Storm: Why Animals School And Flock
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Swarming ­p A Storm: Why Animals School And Flock

By tricking live fish into attacking computer-generated "prey," scientists have learned that animals like birds and fish may indeed have evolved to swarm together...

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.

In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley
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In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley

For more than a decade the CIA has run its own venture capital fund called In-Q-Tel. It was founded in the late 1990s when the CIA was drowning in data and didn't...

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...

Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits
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Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits

In April 1981, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a space shuttle program meant to take astronauts, cargo, research experiments and military...

­sing the Wisdom of Crowds to Translate Language
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­sing the Wisdom of Crowds to Translate Language

Linguists are attempting to harness the power of crowdsourcing to help machines achieve perfect translations. 

From Chalk To Bytes: The Digital Classroom
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From Chalk To Bytes: The Digital Classroom

Colleges and universities are experimenting with different ways to connect students and teachers. More than 200 institutions are using open-source software created...

Quantum Physics Leaps Into The Visible World
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Quantum Physics Leaps Into The Visible World

Scientists in California have done something astounding. They've shown that physical laws thought only to rule in the mysterious realm of atoms and electrons can...

Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer
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Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer

Future cars will have even more complex electronics and robotic-like control systems that monitor driving conditions and assist drivers, but experts say that will...

Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online
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Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online

A panel of officials says the United States is far behind in addressing cyber-security threats.  "Taking down the grid for months comes as close to a nuclear attack...

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
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Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...
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