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Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find
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Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

There may never be enough hours in the day to get everything done, but at least the forces of nature are conspiring to help out.

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search
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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.

Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested
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Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested

The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein's century-old claim that...

Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'
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Genevieve Bell: 'humanity's Greatest Fear Is About Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.

Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone
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Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating...

Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online
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Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after ...

­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History
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­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History

For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force.

Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End to Public Anonymity
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Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End to Public Anonymity

If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past.

Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You
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Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You

Hackers have again demonstrated that no matter how many security precautions someone takes, all a hacker needs to track their location and snoop on their phone...

The MIT Lab Flushing Out a City's Secrets
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The MIT Lab Flushing Out a City's Secrets

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers believe analyzing the contents of sewage could provide scientists with new insights into human health. 

Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'
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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial...

Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

A Manifesto For Algorithms in the Environment
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A Manifesto For Algorithms in the Environment

Researchers at Stockholm University researcher are developing a Biosphere Code Manifesto.

The Square Kilometre Array: Radio Silence in Western Australia For Most Powerful Telescope in History
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The Square Kilometre Array: Radio Silence in Western Australia For Most Powerful Telescope in History

In outback Western Australia, around 350k northeast of the small town of Geraldton, lies an area of land about the size of the Netherlands, but with only 100 humans...

Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality
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Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality

Texas A&M University researchers have fused a computer onto the back of a live cockroach in order to control the insect. 

British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors
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British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare...

From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants
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From Google to Amazon: Eu Goes to War Against Power of ­S Digital Giants

Within the salons of the Elysée Palace, along the corridors of the European parliament and under the glass dome of the Reichstag, Old Europe is preparing for a...

Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit
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Secrets, Lies and Snowden's Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit

My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation...

Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time
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Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time

A major, global cyberterrorist attack has long been the stuff of fiction, the threat that a malevolent hacker could bring down businesses, sabotage power plants...

The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets
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The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago.
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