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Next Cameras Come Into View
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Next Cameras Come Into View

Scientists at Duke University have built an experimental camera that allows the user—after a photo is taken—to zoom in on portions of the image in extraordinary...

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
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In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...

Bionic Brains and Beyond
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Bionic Brains and Beyond

The National Spelling Bee of 2023 started out like any other, but controversy enveloped the contest when Suzy Hamilton, an 8-year-old from Tulsa, emerged as the...

A Dive Into the Digital Deep
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A Dive Into the Digital Deep

When next winter's storms subside, a specialized ship will begin a slow crossing, lowering a skinny cable into its wake along a precisely prescribed path: the shortest...

Here Comes the Sunstorm
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Here Comes the Sunstorm

With a peak in the cycle of solar flares approaching, U.S. electricity regulators are weighing their options for protecting the nation's grid from the sun's eruptions—including...

Movie Magic to Leave Home For?
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Movie Magic to Leave Home For?

Someday, if the dreams of movie-technology designers come true, you'll flash your smartphone ticket, settle into your plush cinema seat and be greeted with a hyper...

Drone ­se Takes Off on the Home Front
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Drone ­se Takes Off on the Home Front

With little public attention, dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies have been given approval by federal aviation regulators to use unmanned aircraft...

­.s. Outgunned in Hacker War
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­.s. Outgunned in Hacker War

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's top cyber cop offered a grim appraisal of the nation's efforts to keep computer hackers from plundering corporate data networks...

The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back
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The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back

Julie Barbour-Issa calls her eight-year-old cellphone "the dinosaur. It's a brick, and I could use it as a weapon in an emergency," says the 30-year-old Norwood...

China's Not-So-Super Computers
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China's Not-So-Super Computers

The supercomputer in this southern boomtown is named Nebulae for the interstellar clouds of gas that give birth to stars.

Google Gives Search a Refresh
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Google Gives Search a Refresh

Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market...

Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness
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Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness

Federal prosecutors brought charges against a group of men allegedly behind "LulzSec"—a globe-spanning collective of computer hackers who wreaked havoc on companies...

Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web
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Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web

It's cool to have rabbit ears again.

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How to Tell If You're Being Tracked on Safari

If you're on an iPhone or iPad using the most recent version of Apple's operating system, click on the "Settings" icon, and then click on "Safari."

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How Google Tracked Safari Users

Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple's Safari Web browser is set to block...

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Fast Phones, Dead Batteries

Days after buying his Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Verizon Wireless, David Jacobs found himself switching off the fourth-generation broadband...

Beijing Launches Its Own Gps Rival
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Beijing Launches Its Own Gps Rival

China has begun operating a homegrown satellite navigation service that is designed to provide an alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System and, according...

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Barcelona Center Makes Super Bet on Cellphone Chips

Supercomputers, once built from handcrafted circuitry, were transformed when companies started assembling them from inexpensive PC-style microprocessors. Researchers...

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists
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Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists

A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting made it...

The Best Error Pages on the Web
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The Best Error Pages on the Web

Anyone who has spent enough time online has at one point reached a dead end–known in Internet parlance as a 404 page. So what causes them? Web designers are coming...
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