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Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet
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Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet

The U.S. Department of Defense may have funded the research that led to the Internet, but freewheeling innovation created the patchwork of privately owned technology...

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How Data Storage Cripples Mobile Apps

The latest smart phones and tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month came with an emphasis on faster processors and compatibility with faster...

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The Machines Are Talking a Lot

As one of the leading manufacturers of the equipment that routes data around the Internet, Cisco Systems is in good position to know just how many 0s and 1s go...

Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists
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Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists

On 6 May 2010, shares on U.S. financial markets suddenly dropped on average by around 10% but in over 300 stocks by more than 60%. Moments later the prices recovered...

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How Networks of Biological Cells Solve Distributed Computing Problems

Distributed computing is all the rage these days. The idea is to break down computational tasks into convenient chunks and distribute them across a network to a...

Turing's Enduring Importance
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Turing's Enduring Importance

When Alan Turing was born 100 years ago, on June 23, 1912, a computer was not a thing—it was a person.

Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent
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Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent

Late this January, some 75,000 people around the planet sat in front of their computers and pondered how to make anagrams from a bowl of alphabet soup.

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Shrunken Servers Aim For a Greener Internet

As the cloud becomes more pervasive—driving everything from social networking to mobile apps—the computers that power it must guzzle more and more energy.

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Hacking Cars to Keep Them Safe

Tiffany Rad got interested in hacking cars because she wanted to drive her Land Rover off-road on rugged terrain without worrying about setting off the air bags...

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Serious Flaw Emerges In Quantum Cryptography

The perfect secrecy offered by quantum mechanics appears to have been scuppered by a previously unknown practical problem, say physicists.

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Europe's Driverless Car (driver Still Required)

Tucked away in the basement of an iconic office tower shaped like four engine cylinders, engineer Werner Huber is telling me about the joy of driving.

World's Largest Quantum Computation Uses 84 Qubits
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World's Largest Quantum Computation Uses 84 Qubits

D-Wave Systems' Zhengbing Bian and colleagues announced that they have carried out a calculation involving 84 qubits. The computation involved two-color Ramsey...

Microsoft Reinvents Wi-Fi For White Spaces
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Microsoft Reinvents Wi-Fi For White Spaces

Microsoft researchers have developed WiFi-NC, a type of Wi-Fi network that runs at peak performance even when interference is present. 

How the 10,000-Year Clock Measures Time
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How the 10,000-Year Clock Measures Time

Ten thousand years is about the age of civilisation. Archaeologists have a few relics that have spanned this period, mostly stone tools and works of art. But...

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Quantum Computing with Holograms

Light is one of the most promising carriers of quantum information. It is robust against decoherence because it does not interact with stray electric and magnetic...

IBM Makes Revolutionary Racetrack Memory Using Existing Tools
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IBM Makes Revolutionary Racetrack Memory Using Existing Tools

IBM researchers have developed the first prototype of racetrack computer memory, which combines on one chip all of the components needed to read, store, and write...

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence
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Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence

Google and Microsoft don't share a stage often, being increasingly fierce competitors in areas such as Web search, mobile, and cloud computing. But the rivals...

Making Stuff with Molecular Precision
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Making Stuff with Molecular Precision

For more than a decade, scientists have been touting the promise of nanomaterials as a source of new and better products, from stronger structural materials to...

Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot

Henry Evans recently shaved himself for the first time since a stroke left him mute and partly paralyzed 10 years ago. His achievement came thanks to researchers...

Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans
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Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans

With the U.S. manned space program grounded following the last mission of the space shuttle, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only avenue into space for NASA...
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