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Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds
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Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds

The company revealed some new search tools on Wednesday at I/O, its annual developers conference.

Landlords Double as Energy Brokers
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Landlords Double as Energy Brokers

The trophy high-rises on Madison, Park, and Fifth Avenues in Manhattan have long commanded the top prices in the country for commercial real estate, with yearly...

A Quantum Computer Aces Its Test
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A Quantum Computer Aces Its Test

The long-sought quantum computer, a machine potentially far ahead of today's best supercomputers, is almost as hard to define as it is to build.

New Chief at Intel Aims to Expand Chip Making
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New Chief at Intel Aims to Expand Chip Making

Brian M. Krzanich, who on Thursday was named Intel's next chief executive, knows he faces a hefty challenge when he takes over the world's biggest maker of semiconductors...

Google Emulates Apple in Restricting Apps For Glass
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Google Emulates Apple in Restricting Apps For Glass

Google is restricting apps for Glass, its Internet-linked glasses, in an effort to gradually introduce the technology to the public. 

Human Genome, Then and Now
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Human Genome, Then and Now

Eight years of work, thousands of researchers around the world, $1 billion spent—and finally it was done.

Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand
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Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand

A new initiative aims to build low-cost artificial hands using widely available products such as cellphone cameras and sensors. 

A Strange Computer Promises Great Speed
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A Strange Computer Promises Great Speed


Connecting the Neural Dots
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Connecting the Neural Dots

In setting the nation on a course to map the active human brain, President Obama may have picked a challenge even more daunting than ending the war in Afghanistan...

And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson
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And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson

I.B.M.'s Watson beat "Jeopardy" champions two years ago. But can it whip up something tasty in the kitchen?

After M.t.a. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future
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After M.t.a. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future

For nearly 50 years, coins were the currency in New York’s subway and bus system. Tokens carried the next 40 years, until the MetroCard first slid into riders’...

Nanotubes Seen as Alternative When Silicon Chips Hit Their Limits
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Nanotubes Seen as Alternative When Silicon Chips Hit Their Limits

A microelectronic circuit composed of 44 transistors made from carbon nanotubes demonstrates that nanotubes could be the best successor to silicon-based chips. 

A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers
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A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers

Raspberry Pi may sound like the name of a math-based dessert. But it is actually one of the hottest and cheapest little computers in the world right now.

Broad Powers Seen For Obama in Cyberstrikes
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Broad Powers Seen For Obama in Cyberstrikes

A secret legal review on the use of America's growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike...

Hackers in China Attacked The Times For Last 4 Months
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Hackers in China Attacked The Times For Last 4 Months

For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters...

Two Science Projects to Receive Award of 1 Billion Euros
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Two Science Projects to Receive Award of 1 Billion Euros

Projects to imitate the brain and to develop new materials for information technology have won awards of about 1 billion euros (U.S. $1.34 billion) each were announced...

Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance
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Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance

After years of being wallflowers at Silicon Valley's hottest tech conferences and Sean Parker's after-parties, enterprise technology firms are now part of the "in"...

Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm
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Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm

After the explosion, Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos awoke to see the October sun glinting through the water, an image so lovely he thought he was dreaming.

Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
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Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote

Strategists affiliated with the Obama and Romney campaigns say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined...

Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?
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Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?

The Mykonos Vase, discovered in 1961 in the Cyclades, is one of the earliest accounts of the Trojan Horse, used as a subterfuge by the Greeks to enter the city...
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