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U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All
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U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

Want access to the U.S. government's secrets? Talk to the robot.

How Isis Is Winning the Online War For Iraq
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How Isis Is Winning the Online War For Iraq

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claimed control of Iraq's biggest oil refinery and akey border crossing between Iraq and Jordan—it lost a key...

Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata
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Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata

Software has been used to tap metadata from phones to map links between a criminal network in Sicily. 

Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades
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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Welcome to the room where time lives. I am standing in a space bristling with atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., which generates...

Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived
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Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived

Will my baby be healthy?

Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies
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Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies

Lawyers and judges use skill and instinct to sense who might be lying in court.

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People
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'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People

Cameras are strewn around our environment, catching glimpses of our faces everywhere we go, yet even the best facial recognition technology still has a hard time...

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet
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My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers
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Silk Road Bust Hints at Fbi's New Cybercrime Powers

The biggest drug marketplace on the Internet has been busted.

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats
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Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.

Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks
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Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift For Spooks

It's a golden age for spying. The subsea fibre-optic cables that carry telephone and Internet traffic are a technological marvel—and a gift to intelligence agencies...

Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks
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Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks

Every year a computer worm emerges to stalk the Internet, each one seemingly bigger and badder than the last (see diagram).

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar
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Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?

Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm
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Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology—the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets—may be denied...

Reality Checker: How to Cut Nonsense From the Net
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Reality Checker: How to Cut Nonsense From the Net

Several organizations are developing technologies that can prevent falsehoods from spreading on the Internet.  

Cameras Know You By Your Walk
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Cameras Know You By Your Walk

Everyone knows how easy it is to recognize a friend or family member from their walk—even from a distance.

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China
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Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

It's not easy to give over 1.3 billion people access to the internet—especially if that population is spread across a vast area that ranges from hinterland to sprawling...

Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay
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Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay

Small, cheap smart-tag devices that are printed as digital circuits in rolls like newspapers could help kickstart the wireless payment industry. The devices, known...

Patent Trawler Aims to Predict Next Hot Technologies
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Patent Trawler Aims to Predict Next Hot Technologies

Hungarian Academy of Sciences researchers have developed a data-mining tool that automatically helps predict emerging technologies.
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