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Ancient Dna Tells a New Human Story
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Ancient Dna Tells a New Human Story

Imagine what it must have been like to look through the first telescopes or the first microscopes, or to see the bottom of the sea as clearly as if the water were...

Robots May Look Like Job-Killers, But It's Hard to See in the Numbers
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Robots May Look Like Job-Killers, But It's Hard to See in the Numbers

Robots are goosing the productivity of the world's factories, but does that mean fewer jobs for humans?

Brace Yourself: Microsoft Wants to Guess How Old You Are
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Brace Yourself: Microsoft Wants to Guess How Old You Are

Like a distant relative who makes you feel bad at the annual holiday get together, Microsoft has created a website that analyzes a photo of a person's face and...

IBM Brings Quantum Computing a Step Closer
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IBM Brings Quantum Computing a Step Closer

Researchers at IBM have stitched together a prototype circuit that could become the basis of quantum computers a decade hence.

In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia
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In Nato Cyber Wargame, Berlya Fends Off Arch-Enemy Crimsonia

Somewhere near Iceland, a new NATO member, Berlya is under cyber-attack, most likely launched from its arch-rival Crimsonia, although the Berlyans can’t be completely...

Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?
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Should Law Enforcement Have the Ability to Access Encrypted Communications?

People's distress over the privacy of their communications has never been more acute. Whether the fear is over U.S. surveillance or breaches by hackers of unknown...

Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools
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Security Professionals Stymied By Outdated Visualization Tools

Earlier this year, the film Blackhat got high marks for realistic scenes in which hackers and information security specialists work at their computers to hunt down...

How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues
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How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues

Workers at a Navistar truck plant in Ohio weren't eager to make friends when a new colleague showed up on the factory floor nearly 40 years ago.

Will Smart Machines Make ­S Stupid? AI Experts Weigh In
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Will Smart Machines Make ­S Stupid? AI Experts Weigh In

Society stands at a crossroads of artificial intelligence: We can design computers that sharpen our wits or we can let our machines turn us into ignoramuses.

Germany Moves Away From ­.s.-Dominated Iot Standards Groups
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Germany Moves Away From ­.s.-Dominated Iot Standards Groups

Germany's main telco, tech and manufacturing companies have formed an alliance to make sure that when devices do start speaking to each other over the Internet...

Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses
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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days.

Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World
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Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World

Smartphones are about to get smarter, chip makers say, exploiting technologies that recognize people, objects and sounds to boost security and take helpful actions...

Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots
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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better...

Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot
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Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot

Our computers have become too easy to use.

In Image-Guided Operating Suites, Surgeons See Real-Time Mri, Ct Scans
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In Image-Guided Operating Suites, Surgeons See Real-Time Mri, Ct Scans

Surgeons sometimes fly blind when operating on hard-to-reach anatomical parts or hard-to-see conditions.

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries
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J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter is in the life business.

Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate
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Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate

Does anybody really know what time it is?

IBM Wins Most Patents—again—but Google and Apple Climb in Rankings
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IBM Wins Most Patents—again—but Google and Apple Climb in Rankings

There was little change among the largest recipients of U.S. patents in 2014. But two big Silicon Valley names—Google and Apple—continued climbing the charts.

'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns
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'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns

By 2015, the world will have 25 billion smart thermostats, fitness bands, and other Internet-connected, data-spewing devices, according to the Federal Trade Commission...

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked
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Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many...
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