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Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World
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Intel ­pgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World

Movie audiences who went to theaters this fall to see The Theory of Everything got a glimpse of the challenges physicist Stephen Hawking has overcome to deliver...

Map of Body's Protein-Folding Machinery Wins a Major Medical Prize
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Map of Body's Protein-Folding Machinery Wins a Major Medical Prize

It's speculation season once again for Nobel Prize watchers.

'ambiguous' Warfare Buys Upgrade Time For Russia's Military
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'ambiguous' Warfare Buys Upgrade Time For Russia's Military

Unmarked Russian soldiers who seized Ukraine's Crimea region earlier this year gave every appearance of military professionals well equipped with modern body armor...

In Defense of Science
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In Defense of Science

Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses testified to Congress...

Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones
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Squiggly Lines Secure Smartphones

To protect your financial and personal data, most mobiles come with PIN-based security, biometrics or number grids that require you to retrace a particular pattern...

Time Travel: Installing an Atomic Clock at 15,000 Feet
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Time Travel: Installing an Atomic Clock at 15,000 Feet

A few months ago I went to Cambridge, Mass. to check in with the Event Horizon Telescope crew and found Shep Doeleman, the project leader, fresh off the completion...

A Stellar Discovery on the Milky Way's Far Side
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A Stellar Discovery on the Milky Way's Far Side

A single Hubble Space Telescope image can capture scores of distant galaxies, but the one galaxy we'll never see from the outside is our own.

Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available
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Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available

The electric grid was designed as a one-way highway, with power cascading out from big power plants to cities and towns at the end of the line.

Watch the Earth From Space, Live!
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Watch the Earth From Space, Live!

It doesn't get much better than this (well, of course being in space might be better, albeit colder).

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm
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Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm

At a bitcoin conference in Miami this January, Jeffrey Tucker, a laissez-faire economist and libertarian icon, made an unexpected observation.

How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope
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How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope

Looking into the galactic center is hard.

Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable
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Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable

When your home computer is hacked, the things at risk are your identity, finances and other digital assets.

Computer Models Help ­nravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance
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Computer Models Help ­nravel Mystery of Puebloans' Disappearance

Remember playing "The Oregon Trail" computer game in middle school?

NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track
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NASA's Troubled $8-Billion Hubble Successor Is Back on Track

The Hubble Space Telescope is still operating, but its successor is already waiting in the wings.

Hubble Telescope Reveals Deepest View of the Universe Yet
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Hubble Telescope Reveals Deepest View of the Universe Yet

The Hubble Space Telescope has glimpsed farther into the universe than any observatory before, producing the first of six new "deep field" images that show objects...

Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake
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Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake

Early Mars rovers had little more intelligence than a fancy remote-controlled car.

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
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Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI
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Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI

Luis von Ahn has heard it all before.

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets
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Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible...

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions
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2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

What is actually happening at the atomic scale when two elements react?
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