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Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself
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Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself

Margaret Hamilton wasn't supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon.

Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone
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Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone

Late last week, the privacy community scored a victory in a year-long battle over the future of encryption: In internal discussions, the White House quietly overruled...

The Battle Over Genome Editing Gets Science All Wrong
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The Battle Over Genome Editing Gets Science All Wrong

Nobel Prize speculation, gossip, and betting pools kick off every fall around the time Thomson Reuters releases its predictions for science's most prestigious prize...

How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More
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How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More

Over the last summer, the security research community has proven like never before that cars are vulnerable to hackers—via cellular Internet connections, intercepted...

That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud
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That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud

Tomorrow is the deadline that Visa and MasterCard have set for banks and retailers across the U.S. to roll out a new system for more secure bank cards with microchips...

Vw Could Fool the Epa, But It Couldn't Trick Chemistry
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Vw Could Fool the Epa, But It Couldn't Trick Chemistry

For decades, automakers have been caught between building an engine that squeezes a lot of energy out of the fuel it burns and one that has low emissions.

Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place
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Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place

How big is Google? We can answer that question in terms of revenue or stock price or customers or, well, metaphysical influence.

This Helmet Will Make F-35 Pilots Missile-Slinging Cyborgs
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This Helmet Will Make F-35 Pilots Missile-Slinging Cyborgs

Much rightful snark and scorn has been thrown at the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, the multi-multi-multi-billion dollar jet meant to be the mainstay of...

The Smart Ui Design Behind Apple’s Frictionless 3D Touch
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The Smart Ui Design Behind Apple’s Frictionless 3D Touch

Midway through Apple's demonstration of the new iPhone 6S, Craig Federighi took an emergency selfie.

Microsoft Wants to Turn Your Phone Into a 3D Scanner
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Microsoft Wants to Turn Your Phone Into a 3D Scanner

Microsoft is one of several technology companies that are developing ways to turn the typical smartphone into a three-dimensional camera. 

Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked
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Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked

For companies like the dating site Ashley Madison or the health insurer Anthem, financial loss, customer anger and professional embarrassment aren't the only consequences...

Something Deep Inside Pluto Is Replenishing Its Atmosphere
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Something Deep Inside Pluto Is Replenishing Its Atmosphere

Pluto has a problem: Its thin, nitrogen atmosphere shouldn't be there.

Ibm's 'rodent Brain' Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart
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Ibm's 'rodent Brain' Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart

IBM researchers say they have built the digital equivalent of a rodent brain using 48 TrueNorth chips, an experimental processor designed to emulate neurons. 

Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100 Yearly Drug Sales
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Crackdowns Haven't Stopped the Dark Web's $100 Yearly Drug Sales

After more than four years and two giant law enforcement busts, the Dark Web's drug market is still just as robust as it was during the Silk Road's heyday.

This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages
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This Hacker's Tiny Device ­nlocks Cars and Opens Garages

The next time you press your wireless key fob to unlock your car, if you find that it doesn’t beep until the second try, the issue may not be a technical glitch...

Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs
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Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs

Researchers discovered Mac computers can be affected by known firmware bugs, and created a proof-of-concept worm. 

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target
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Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman.

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone
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Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security.

What We're Really Looking At When We Look at Pluto
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What We're Really Looking At When We Look at Pluto

The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking.

After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix
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After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix

Welcome to the age of hackable automobiles, when two security researchers can cause a 1.4 million product recall.
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