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Csi: Cyberattack Scene Investigation--a Malware Whodunit
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Csi: Cyberattack Scene Investigation--a Malware Whodunit

Forensic probes of cyberattacks can uncover their modus operandi and severity, but finding perpetrators is a difficult proposition. 

Wikipedia Turns 15
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Wikipedia Turns 15

It must be difficult for the roughly half a billion people who visit Wikipedia every month to remember a world without the free online encyclopedia.

'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists
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'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists

"Today we sense we are close to be being able to alter human heredity," Nobel Laureate and California Institute of Technology virologist David Baltimore said December...

The Most Important Number in Climate Change
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The Most Important Number in Climate Change

The furious majesty of a thunderstorm defies computer simulation.

A Quick Guide to the Cybersecurity Bill Passed By the ­.s. Senate
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A Quick Guide to the Cybersecurity Bill Passed By the ­.s. Senate

After more than a year of bickering, stalling and revising, the Senate passed its most significant cybersecurity bill to date 74–21.

Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky
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Searching For Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky

NASA scientists announced today the best evidence yet that Mars, once thought dry, sterile and dead, may yet have life in it: Liquid water still flows on at least...

"molecular Tweeting" Could Hold the Key to Busting Superbugs
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"molecular Tweeting" Could Hold the Key to Busting Superbugs

Researchers are using the metaphor of Twitter to help them better understand the ways communication among bacteria can lead to antibiotic resistance. 

5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities
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5 Mobile Technologies Help Level the Playing Field For People with Disabilities

Mobile devices have become incredibly popular for their ability to weave modern conveniences such as Internet access and social networking into the fabric of daily...

Search For Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope
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Search For Alien Life Ignites Battle Over Giant Telescope

There is a gaping hole in the latest effort to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), one so big it could hold an estimated 357 million...

How Much Information Can Earth Hold?
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How Much Information Can Earth Hold?

Exploring how much information the Earth can store offers insights into the manifestation of order in the universe.

A Computer's Heat Could Divulge Top Secrets
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A Computer's Heat Could Divulge Top Secrets

The most secure computers in the world can't "Google" a thing—they are disconnected from the Internet and all other networks.

What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?
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What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?

Given the amount of mobile phone traffic that cell phone towers transmit, it is no wonder law enforcement agencies target these devices as a rich source of data...

Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?
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Will Millimeter Waves Maximize 5g Wireless?

Every decade or so since the first cellular networks appeared the companies that make mobile devices and the networks linking them have worked out new requirements...

Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like
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Here's What a Cyber Warfare Arsenal Might Look Like

The Pentagon has made clear in recent weeks that cyber warfare is no longer just a futuristic threat—it is now a real one.

Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in ­.s. Science Funding
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Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in ­.s. Science Funding

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has launched an investigation into whether gender bias is influencing the awarding of research grants, which would be...

How Cybersecurity Became Your Problem
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How Cybersecurity Became Your Problem

Cyberattacks threaten to rise in frequency and complexity, which makes every person using modern technology a potential target. 

Do You Only Trust Wall-E Because He's Cute?
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Do You Only Trust Wall-E Because He's Cute?

Each year it seems a little less like science fiction to ask your phone for advice about local chinese food or trust your car to get you to a new location.

Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole
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Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole

Each of the telescopes that the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) are currently working to bring into their black-hole-observing, planet-size array...

Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet
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Human Traffickers Caught on Hidden Internet

In November 2012 a 28-year-old woman plunged 15 meters from a bedroom window to the pavement in New York City, a devastating fall that left her body broken but...

Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data
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Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in 'anonymized' Data

Details about where and when you use your credit card could help reveal your identity to data thieves—even if they don't know your name, address and other personal...
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