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U.s. Keeps Science Lead, But Other Countries Gain

The United States remains the world's leader in science and technology, based on factors such as gross dollars spent, relative spending on research, research articles...

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R&d Spending in ­.s. Expected to Rebound

The United States recorded its first annual decline in spending on research and development (R&D) since 2002, as R&D spending this year fell about 3.8 percent to...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

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Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...

Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages
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Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages

Despite being the fifth-most popular Web site in the world, Wikipedia, which receives about 325 million visitors each month, is losing unprecedented numbers of...

Feds Mull Rules, Fees to Spur Net Access
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Feds Mull Rules, Fees to Spur Net Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is debating whether it should force Internet service providers (ISPs) to share their networks with rivals and increase...

Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis
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Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis

The economic crisis and the reduced costs of high-tech tools and materials are fueling a resurgence in tinkering and experimentation. U.S. engineering schools...

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Group of Microsoft Rivals Nears Patent Deal in Bid to Protect Linux

The Open Invention Network (OIN), which includes major corporate supporters of open source software, is close to an agreement to purchase 22 patents involving Linux...

Searching For Chinese Start-­ps
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Searching For Chinese Start-­ps

Google Inc.'s newly departed China chief outlined his plans for a technology-incubation company, capitalized with $115 million from several prominent backers. Kai...

A Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians
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A Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians

The British Library's Jeremy Leighton John is working to find ways of archiving the massive amounts of data being generated and studied by scientists so future...

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Hackers Stole Ids For Attacks

Russian hackers stole U.S. identities and software tools for use in a cyberattack against Georgian government Web sites during the war between Russia and Georgia...

New Epidemic Fears: Hackers
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New Epidemic Fears: Hackers

Under the economic stimulus bill and other U.S. federal government proposals, hospitals and doctors' offices that invest in electronic records systems may receive...

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In Search For Intelligence, a Silicon Brain Twitches

Blue Brain is a supercomputer-powered software model designed to closely simulate the activity of a rat's neocortical column (NCC) in the hope of gaining insights...

Computer Failures Are Probed in Jet Crash
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Computer Failures Are Probed in Jet Crash

Aviation investigators looking for a cause of the crash of Air France Flight 447 believe that a rapid chain of computer and equipment failures may have stripped...

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The Future of Touch

Next-generation touch technology currently in development promises to boast greater user-friendliness and intuitiveness, with Amtel's Chris Ard noting that "all...

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Memory-Chip Alternative Is Unveiled

Unity Semiconductor Corp. says it has developed an alternative to the widely used NAND flash memory chip that can store four times the amount of data in the same...

The Next Age of Discovery
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The Next Age of Discovery

Teams of computer scientists, conservationists, and scholars are rushing to digitally save and preserve the world's literary treasures. Advanced technology is...

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Faa's Air-Traffic Networks Breached By Hackers

The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general released a report on May 6 that said the U.S.'s civilian air-traffic computer networks had been breached...

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When Really Big Numbers Aren't Nearly Enough

Unallocated Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are expected to be depleted by some time in 2012, according to IPv6 Forum fellow Tony Hain. He and others advocate...

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Amazon to Launch Kindle For Textbooks

Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday (May 6) plans to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical...
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