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Auto-Immune: 'symbiotes' Could Be Deployed to Thwart Cyber Attacks
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Auto-Immune: 'symbiotes' Could Be Deployed to Thwart Cyber Attacks

Anti-hacker defenses have long focused mainly on protecting personal computers and servers in homes and offices.

Bluebrain: Noah Hutton's 10-Year Documentary About the Mission to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain
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Bluebrain: Noah Hutton's 10-Year Documentary About the Mission to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain

"Nothing quite like it exists yet, but we have begun building it," Henry Markram wrote in the June 2012 issue of Scientific American. He was referring to a "fantastic...

Gps-Free Tech Can Track Miners' and Soldiers' Boots ­nderground
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Gps-Free Tech Can Track Miners' and Soldiers' Boots ­nderground

A mining crew is trapped deep underground after a cave-in. Firefighters run into a smoke-spewing high-rise to battle a violent blaze. A team of soldiers breaches...

Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy
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Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy

Once a common medical procedure, the standard autopsy is passing out of use.

Science in an Election Year
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Science in an Election Year

More than a dozen science and engineering organizations worked with ScienceDebate.org to draft 14 top science questions to ask the two main presidential candidates...

Quantum Manipulation and Measuring Win Nobel Prize in Physics
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Quantum Manipulation and Measuring Win Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland for experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual...

Information Nation: Digital Social Experiment to Put a Human Face on Big Data
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Information Nation: Digital Social Experiment to Put a Human Face on Big Data

Imagine seeing life through one eyeball but then being given the ability to view the world through two or even three eyeballs at once.

Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy
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Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Despite advances in weather prediction technology, meteorologists must still qualify any hurricane forecasts with a "cone of uncertainty," which depicts just how...

'part-Time' Scientists Aim to Develop Autonomous Rover to Compete For Lunar X Prize
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'part-Time' Scientists Aim to Develop Autonomous Rover to Compete For Lunar X Prize

Some people try to make the most of their spare time by exercising, volunteering, or simply recharging their batteries. Others like to use that time to build robots...

Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future
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Intel Futurist on Why We Should Not Fear the Future

Much of Intel's success as a microprocessor manufacturer over the past four decades has come from the company's ability to understand and anticipate the future...

Amateur Astronomers Scour the Sky For Government Secrets
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Amateur Astronomers Scour the Sky For Government Secrets

Earlier this year Iran's defense minister put the world on notice: His nation had developed the ability to "easily" watch spacewalking astronauts from the ground...

Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters
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Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters

Counterfeit electronics embedded in missile guidance systems and hundred-million-dollar aircraft have become a serious problem for the U.S. military and its contractors...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Although modern science calls for researchers to share their work so that their peers can verify the success or failure of experiments, most researchers still do...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.

Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure
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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure

A heartbreaking, out-of-the-gate failure of Russia's sample return mission early this year created a wide circle of disappointment.

Snowflake Growth Successfully Modeled from Physical Laws
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Snowflake Growth Successfully Modeled from Physical Laws

Windswept from cloud to cloud until they flutter to Earth, snowflakes assume a seemingly endless variety of shapes.

A Bit of Progress: Diamonds Shatter Quantum Information Storage Record
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A Bit of Progress: Diamonds Shatter Quantum Information Storage Record

The quantum world and the everyday world of human experience are supposed to be two different realms. Quantum effects, as demonstrated in the lab, are usually confined...

One Thing Is Certain: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Is Not Dead
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One Thing Is Certain: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Is Not Dead

What Einstein's E=mc2 is to relativity theory, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is to quantum mechanics—not just a profound insight, but also an iconic formula...

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The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor...

Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings
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Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings

When large airliners approach an airport for a landing, a combination of radio signals and high-intensity lighting shows the pilot exactly where the runway is,...
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