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Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals
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Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals

Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These infections can clog...

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna
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Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna

Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Ever Wondered What a Live Botnet Looks Like?
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Ever Wondered What a Live Botnet Looks Like?

The idea of a network of malware-infected zombie computers rigged to do the bidding of criminals conjures up a frightening image on its own. A new visualization...

New Progamming Language Makes Social Coding Easier
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New Progamming Language Makes Social Coding Easier

The open source Dog programming language from MIT researchers could make it easier and more intuitive to code social apps, as well as enable novices to learn coding...

What Comes After the Touch Screen?
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What Comes After the Touch Screen?

In a few short years, the technologies found in today's mobile devices—touch screens, gyroscopes, and voice-control software, to name a few—have radically transformed...

The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation
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The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation

One of modern physics' most cherished ideas is quantum chromodynamics, the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, how it binds quarks and gluons into protons...

The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet on Quantum Computing
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The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet on Quantum Computing

Inside a blocky building in a Vancouver suburb, across the street from a dowdy McDonald's, is a place chilled colder than anywhere in the known universe.

Dear Everyone Teaching Programming: You're Doing It Wrong
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Dear Everyone Teaching Programming: You're Doing It Wrong

Do-it-yourself programming sites are mostly useless because of their opaque interfaces and because programming itself is broken, according to Bret Victor, a former...

Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals
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Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals

Security researchers warn that the techniques used in sophisticated, state-supported malware are being used by less-skilled programmers to target Web users.  

Intel's Tiny Wi-Fi Chip Could Have a Big Impact
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Intel's Tiny Wi-Fi Chip Could Have a Big Impact

This month, Intel unveiled a Wi-Fi radio almost completely made of the same sort of transistors that go into one of its microprocessors.

Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals
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Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals

Malicious code apparently used by governments to spy on, harass, and sabotage one another has grabbed headlines in recent years, yet the highly targeted nature...

Review: Raspberry Pi
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Review: Raspberry Pi

You can get a lot for $35 these days. It bought me what looks like a credit card-size James Bond gadget prototype but is actually a fully functional computer.

Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World
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Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World

Researchers at Disney have demonstrated a computer interface that changes the way ordinary, everyday objects feel using a weak electric signal fed through a user's...

Augmented Reality Is Finally Getting Real
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Augmented Reality Is Finally Getting Real

In the summer of 2009, Yelp quietly added a feature to its iPhone app that blurred the line between the real and the virtual. If you held your handset up and looked...

In the Olympics of Algorithms, a Russian Keeps Winning Gold
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In the Olympics of Algorithms, a Russian Keeps Winning Gold

Since 2005, Google researcher and former Moscow State University student Petr Mitrichev has led the world in algorithmic programming.  

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Hey, Hackers: Defense Is Sexy, Too

Pleasing the crowd at the Black Hat and Def Con computer security conferences that took place in Las Vegas last week is relatively easy: simply hop on stage and...

Nsa Boss Wants More Control Over the 'net
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Nsa Boss Wants More Control Over the 'net

The U.S. Internet's infrastructure needs to be redesigned to allow the NSA to know instantly when overseas hackers might be attacking public or private infrastructure...

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Gps Weakness Could Enable Mass Smartphone Hacking

Weaknesses in the technology that allows smartphone users to pinpoint themselves on a map, or check into restaurants and bars using apps such as Foursquare, could...

Software Detects Motion That the Human Eye Can't See
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Software Detects Motion That the Human Eye Can't See

MIT researchers have developed the Eulerian video magnification process, a set of software algorithms that can amplify certain aspects of a video and reveal what...

The Moore's Law Moon Shot
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The Moore's Law Moon Shot

It is seemingly a fact of life that every new generation of computing gadget will be significantly more powerful than the one before, but a looming technical roadblock...
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