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Cyberattacks as Significant as Traditional Threats, Says Battleship Manufacturer
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Cyberattacks as Significant as Traditional Threats, Says Battleship Manufacturer

Warfare is increasingly being fought from behind computer screens rather than on the battlefield, forcing weapons manufacturers to consider the myriad of threats...

There May Be Infinite ­niverses—and Infinite Versions of You
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There May Be Infinite ­niverses—and Infinite Versions of You

In another universe you might have become the president of Micronesia. Or a pauper, subsisting on ketchup.

Introducing the Astronaut Clothing of the Future
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Introducing the Astronaut Clothing of the Future

A crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is performing routine maintenance.

Storing Digital Data For Eternity
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Storing Digital Data For Eternity

Vint Cerf is sometimes called the "father of the Internet." He helped develop TCP/IP (the communications protocol for the Internet) and later became chairman of...

Prosthetics That Can Feel, Thanks to the Science of Touch
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Prosthetics That Can Feel, Thanks to the Science of Touch

In 2012, Pennsylvania native Jan Scheuermann ate the most satisfying bite of chocolate of her life.

Silicon Valley Is Trying to Make Humans Immortal—and Finding Some Success
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Silicon Valley Is Trying to Make Humans Immortal—and Finding Some Success

Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, plans to live to be 120. Compared with some other tech billionaires, he doesn't seem particularly ambitious.

Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things
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Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things started in the mid-1990s, when a quirky young brand manager in the U.K. puzzled over why a shade of brown lipstick kept disappearing from...

Nasa Begins Countdown to Pluto Flyby
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Nasa Begins Countdown to Pluto Flyby

Today marks the beginning of the world’s encounter with Pluto, as a NASA spacecraft that has journeyed for nine years begins its first phrase of approach to the...

Technology's Latest Quest: Tracking Mental Health
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Technology's Latest Quest: Tracking Mental Health

You can now count your steps, measure your glucose levels, monitor your blood pressure and track your caloric intake from your phone or high-tech wristband.

Is Emailing Your Brainwaves the Future of Communication?
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Is Emailing Your Brainwaves the Future of Communication?

Here's something you probably didn't expect in your inbox: Researchers have now developed a way to email brainwaves.

Digging Through Big Data to Find Alien Life
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Digging Through Big Data to Find Alien Life

Back in the 1970s, scientists at Ohio State University began searching for signs of intelligent alien life using a radio telescope the size of three football fields...

The $8.5m Race to Protect Planes From Cosmic Rays
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The $8.5m Race to Protect Planes From Cosmic Rays

It's an invisible, but looming threat from outer space: distant cosmic events that can cause a computer, or even an aircraft, to crash here on Earth.

Indoor Gps Is the Final Frontier of Personalized Navigation
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Indoor Gps Is the Final Frontier of Personalized Navigation

Labs in the U.S. and U.K. are working on next-generation GPS that's so cool, it won't even use satellites.

Repairing the Brain
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Repairing the Brain

Will the problem of memory loss one day be forgotten?

Swarm and Fuzzy
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Swarm and Fuzzy

When the first human colonists land on Mars several decades from now, their habitat will already be waiting.

Scientists Develop Antarctic Ice Dating Technique Using Krypton
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Scientists Develop Antarctic Ice Dating Technique Using Krypton

Using a form of krypton, a chemical element created when cosmic rays hit the planet, scientists have developed a new technique to more accurately date ancient Antarctic...

As Military Robots Increase, So Does the Complexity of Their Relationship With Soldiers
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As Military Robots Increase, So Does the Complexity of Their Relationship With Soldiers

For a glimpse at the future of human-robot interactions, it might be better to look at what's happening in the United States military than analyzing Her, in which...

Welcome to the Multiverse
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Welcome to the Multiverse

"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in creating the world." That's how Albert Einstein, in his characteristically poetic way, asked whether...

Who Needs Humans?
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Who Needs Humans?

Amid all the job losses of the Great Recession, there is one category of worker that the economic disruption has been good for: nonhumans.
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