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Putin Signs New Anti-Terror Law in Russia. Edward Snowden Is ­pset.
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Putin Signs New Anti-Terror Law in Russia. Edward Snowden Is ­pset.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed into law a controversial package of counterterrorism measures, including tougher sentences for extremism and...

This Robot Follows You Around and Blasts You With Air Conditioning
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This Robot Follows You Around and Blasts You With Air Conditioning

More efficient air conditioning via a mobile robot is a goal of researchers at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Energy Engineering.

This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (sort Of)
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This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (sort Of)

The idea of a device that can materialize one's memories out of thin air seems like it could only exist in science fiction. But in a new study, researchers were...

China's Scary Lesson to the World: Censoring the Internet Works.
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China's Scary Lesson to the World: Censoring the Internet Works.

First there was the Berlin Wall. Now there is the Great Firewall of China, not a physical barrier preventing people from leaving, but a virtual one, preventing...

More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure
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More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn It Isn't Secure

More than 30 states will be hosting online voting systems by the time of the U.S. presidential election in November, but experts warn such systems are still insecure...

This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers
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This Top Scientist Offers a Solution For the Havoc Driverless Cars May Wreck on Workers

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation.

This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America
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This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America

In Canton, Ohio, one of the most common complaints that police chief Bruce Lawver hears is about gunfire. Shots fired. That unnerving pop of a firearm being discharged...

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes
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Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes

Educators need to start earlier and set a strong foundation to resolve the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

­niversities Aren't Doing Enough to Train the Cyberdefenders America Desperately Needs
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­niversities Aren't Doing Enough to Train the Cyberdefenders America Desperately Needs

U.S. universities may not be doing enough to prepare the next generation of cyberdefenders, suggests the findings of a new analysis from CloudPassage.

The Tremendous Ambitions Behind New York City's Free Wifi
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The Tremendous Ambitions Behind New York City's Free Wifi

At this very moment in New York City, you can walk up to one of 65 futuristic kiosks, punch in an email address on your phone and instantly receive a wireless Internet...

The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is For Poets
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The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is For Poets

Demand for chatting virtual assistants and other artificial intelligence products is creating favorable job prospects for writers, poets, comedians, and others. ...

Why You Should Be Skeptical That Any Video Is Real
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Why You Should Be Skeptical That Any Video Is Real

Be careful about believing what your eyes are telling you.

Fbi May Not Need Apple to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone
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Fbi May Not Need Apple to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone

The FBI may have found a way without Apple’s assistance to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Justice Department...

Why Students Are Throwing Tons of Money at a Program That Won't Give Them a College Degree
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Why Students Are Throwing Tons of Money at a Program That Won't Give Them a College Degree

Computer-coding "boot camps" are surging in popularity, but these non-accredited programs do not offer a college degree, so graduates who invest a lot of money...

Why the Government Can't Actually Stop Terrorists From Using Encryption
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Why the Government Can't Actually Stop Terrorists From Using Encryption

Security experts say U.S. government efforts to force technology firms to grant access to encrypted devices will do little to prevent terrorists from using the...

Why Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Sail By the Stars For the First Time in a Decade
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Why Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Sail By the Stars For the First Time in a Decade

Peter Hogan was surprised at how heavy the sextant felt in his hand when he squinted through its eyeglass this week, the first time he had ever held one.

The Massive New Privacy Deal Between U.s. and Europe, Explained
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The Massive New Privacy Deal Between U.s. and Europe, Explained

U.S. and European regulators have agreed to a tentative deal, officials say, that would allow thousands of U.S. companies to continue moving the personal information...

5 Futuristic Oddities From the Weird World of Wearable Tech
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5 Futuristic Oddities From the Weird World of Wearable Tech

Concepts of human-machine interaction are undergoing a transformation thanks to advances in wearable technology. 

If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems
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If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems

Experts warned of the threat of autonomous weaponry at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Google Opens ­p About When Its Self-Driving Cars Have Nearly Crashed
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Google Opens ­p About When Its Self-Driving Cars Have Nearly Crashed

Google says its fleet of automated vehicles, currently undergoing testing, have had 13 near-misses in which a driver had to intervene to prevent a collision.
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