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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.

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

Could Atomically Thin Tin Transform Electronics?
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Could Atomically Thin Tin Transform Electronics?

Scientists have been trying to develop room-temperature superconductors—materials that conduct electrons with zero resistance, and do so without cumbersome, energy...

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design
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Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design

The job of a materials scientist—to warp matter into new and useful forms—has historically involved a ridiculous amount of guesswork.

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.

What Is 4d Printing?
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What Is 4d Printing?

The biggest breakthroughs in how we make things lie not in the technology to manipulate materials but in the materials themselves.

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?

How the Fifa 14 Soccer Video Game Finally Got Its Physics Right
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How the Fifa 14 Soccer Video Game Finally Got Its Physics Right

When the soccer video game FIFA 14 went on sale last week, it boasted a ball that, at long last, could sail smartly through the air.

Cache and Not Carry: Next Mars Rover to Collect Samples For Return to Earth—someday
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Cache and Not Carry: Next Mars Rover to Collect Samples For Return to Earth—someday

Have rover, need payload. That's the state of things for NASA, which is planning to launch its next rover to Mars in 2020.

Ella Gale: Building a Neuromorphic (brainlike) Computer
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Ella Gale: Building a Neuromorphic (brainlike) Computer

Ella Gale, one of the young researchers attending the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, says her interest is unconventional computing. 

Nsa Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged ­.s. Cryptography Standard
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Nsa Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged ­.s. Cryptography Standard

In the three months since Edward Snowden began his whistle-blowing campaign against the National Security Agency (NSA) the former government contractor has exposed...

It’s Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
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It’s Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

A bill working its way through Congress is an opportunity to update an unfair, outmoded cybersecurity law

Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer
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Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer

As computers have matured over time, the human brain has no way of keeping up with silicon's rapid-fire calculating abilities.

Fact or Fiction: Encryption Prevents Digital Eavesdropping
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Fact or Fiction: Encryption Prevents Digital Eavesdropping

Since the dawn of the Web and ubiquitous free e-mail services over the past two decades, the need to secure personal information online has been evident but often...

Manage Your Smart Home with a Single Gesture
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Manage Your Smart Home with a Single Gesture

Our homes will get a lot smarter in the coming years, allowing us to use a smartphone to manage an integrated system of appliances and other electronics from any...

How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response
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How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, Facebook was the new kid on the block. There was no Twitter for news updates, and the iPhone was not...
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