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Google Glass Can Now Track Your Stress Level
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Google Glass Can Now Track Your Stress Level

Researchers say they have developed a new method for using Google Glass to track a user's stress level and provide instant fitness feedback. 

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging
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In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its sometimes cavalier...

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
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A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s...

Malware Traffic Spikes Preceded Russian and Israeli Conflicts
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Malware Traffic Spikes Preceded Russian and Israeli Conflicts

A study of malware operating on corporate and government networks suggests that the communication patterns of these programs could warn of major conflicts.

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses
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Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

New display technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person's actual vision prescription.

No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted By Algorithms
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No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted By Algorithms

Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man's Sky, can't guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he's certain that,...

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?
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How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else...

A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain
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A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain

A San Francisco neurosurgeon says he is working toward building a wireless brain-machine interface that could translate brain signals directly into audible speech...

Israeli Rocket Defense System Is Failing at Crucial Task, Expert Analysts Say
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Israeli Rocket Defense System Is Failing at Crucial Task, Expert Analysts Say


A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain
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A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain

Could a person who is paralyzed and unable to speak, like physicist Stephen Hawking, use a brain implant to carry on a conversation?

Fake Followers for Hire, and How to Spot Them
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Fake Followers for Hire, and How to Spot Them

Researchers have developed machine-learning software that can identify crowdturfing, a term for falsifying one's popularity on social media sites. 

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race
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The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race

One of the great benefits of quantum communication is the ability to send messages from one point in space to another with perfect security.

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search
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Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search

The big announcements at Google's I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday didn't mention Web search, the technology that got the company started and made it so successful...

How to Make Smart Watches Not Worth Stealing
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How to Make Smart Watches Not Worth Stealing

A prototype device can identify someone by measuring the electrical resistance of tissues within the person's wrist. 

The Thought Experiment
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The Thought Experiment

I was about 15 minutes late for my first phone call with Jan Scheuermann.

Neuroscience's New Toolbox
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Neuroscience's New Toolbox

The hypothalamus is a small structure deep in the brain that, among other functions, coördinates sensory inputs—the appearance of a rival, for example—with instinctual...

Thermal Camera Turns Many Things Into Interactive Surfaces
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Thermal Camera Turns Many Things Into Interactive Surfaces

Augmented reality company Metaio is developing technology that could enable people to use all kinds of objects as interactive touch surfaces. 

The Complex Mathematics of Robot Wrestling
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The Complex Mathematics of Robot Wrestling

Researchers at Utsunomiya University in Japan have written a mathematical model for the sport of wrestling, which they have tested in a numerical simulation. 

How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations
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How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations

If you've ever puzzled over what to wear in the morning, you might also have wondered whether you could leave the choice to an algorithm that could recommend a...

Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D
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Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D

Google's Project Tango prototype Android smartphone could make it easier, faster, and less expensive to scan and map the world in 3D. 
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