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Digital Globes Offer a Dynamic Vision
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Digital Globes Offer a Dynamic Vision

In the main hall of the hands-on science exhibits at the Cape Town Science Center in South Africa, a lifeless, tattered globe stands under naked fluorescent bulbs...

All the World's a Game, and Business Is a Player
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All the World's a Game, and Business Is a Player

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Communications Satellites Made Legal For Export
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Communications Satellites Made Legal For Export

To the delight of American satellite makers, communications satellites—which orbit Earth to relay phone calls, link ships to shore and broadcast television programs—will...

Outmaneuvered at Their Own Game, Antivirus Makers Struggle to Adapt
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Outmaneuvered at Their Own Game, Antivirus Makers Struggle to Adapt

The antivirus industry has a dirty little secret: its products are often not very good at stopping viruses.

Robotic Gadgets For Household Chores
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Robotic Gadgets For Household Chores

Joseph Schlesinger, an engineer living near Boston, thinks robotic toys are too expensive, the result of extravagant designs, expensive components and a poor understanding...

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.

A Rising Tide of Noise Is Now Easy to See
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A Rising Tide of Noise Is Now Easy to See

When a hurricane forced the Nautilus to dive in Jules Verne’s "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," Captain Nemo took the submarine down to a depth of 25 fathoms...

Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion
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Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion

John T. Chambers has readied his last great act as the leader of Cisco Systems, fearing major changes in the technology business that could doom his company.

­ndisclosed Finding By Mars Rover Fuels Intrigue
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­ndisclosed Finding By Mars Rover Fuels Intrigue

The Mars rover Curiosity has found something—something noteworthy, in a pinch of Martian sand. But what is it?

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Cyber Attacks From Iran and Gaza on Israel More Threatening Than Anonymous’s Efforts

Anonymous, the loose coalition of hackers waging war on Israeli Web sites, is the least of Israel's cyber problems.

College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All
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College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All

Teaching Introduction to Sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: he has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote...

In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed
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In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed

Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside. Google’s secret sauce is that it finds what you...

At Technology High School, Goal Isn't to Finish in 4 Years
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At Technology High School, Goal Isn't to Finish in 4 Years

Flakes of green paint are peeling from the third-floor windowsills.

Devices Go Nose to Nose With Bomb-Sniffer Dogs
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Devices Go Nose to Nose With Bomb-Sniffer Dogs

Denis Spitzer wants to beat dogs at their own game.

Graphene Could ­sher in Flexible, ­ltra-Slim Gadgets
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Graphene Could ­sher in Flexible, ­ltra-Slim Gadgets

You've probably never heard of graphene, a carbon-based material, but it might be stuffed into your pocket or wrapped around your wrist in the not-too-distant future...

The Future, as Imagined by Google
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The Future, as Imagined by Google

In Eric E. Schmidt's future, his life will be a lot easier.

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...

A Nobel For Teasing Out the Secret Life of Atoms
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A Nobel For Teasing Out the Secret Life of Atoms

Two physicists who developed techniques to peer in on the most intimate relations between light and matter won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday.

U.s. Panel Cites Risks in Chinese Equipment
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U.s. Panel Cites Risks in Chinese Equipment

In the latest development to highlight the sensitive terrain that the United States and China are navigating on economic issues, a House committee issued a blistering...

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In Europe, Speed Cameras Meet Their Technological Match

When Marc Guerin, a software salesman, drives the 38 kilometers from his home west of Paris to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, he seeks out the fastest route...
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