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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You
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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You

Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls...

Texas, Where Science and History Have Become Ideological Battlegrounds
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Texas, Where Science and History Have Become Ideological Battlegrounds

Some of the most important decisions that influence the public's knowledge aren't made by scientific societies and they don't take place in Washington D.C.

The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors
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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors

Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES earlier this month had to be designed to be "wiretap ready" before they could be...

­.s. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder
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­.s. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder

Who needs the freaky precogs of Minority Report to predict if someone’s likely to commit murder when you have an algorithm that can do it for you?

At Ces, Chinese Electronics Giants Compete For American Eyes
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At Ces, Chinese Electronics Giants Compete For American Eyes

You’ve heard the complaints. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is too unwieldy and too outdated for tech titans such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft...

Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit
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Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit

A Texas high school student who claimed her student identification was the "Mark of the Beast" because it was implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip...

Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles
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Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles

While many automakers have voluntarily installed the devices already, the National Transportation Safety Agency wants to hear your comments by February 11 on its...

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will—and Must—take Our Jobs
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Better Than Human: Why Robots Will—and Must—take Our Jobs

It's hard to believe you'd have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force.

Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare
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Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare

It's been fashionable in military circles to talk about cyberspace as a "fifth domain" for warfare, along with land, space, air, and sea.

Death By Algorithm: West Point Code Shows Which Terrorists Should Disappear First
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Death By Algorithm: West Point Code Shows Which Terrorists Should Disappear First

Paulo Shakarian, a professor at West Point's Network Science Center, has an algorithm that might one day help dismantle al-Qaida — or at least one of its lesser...

Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online
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Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online

It's been a week since Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire pausing their war in Gaza. But on the internet, a different kind of fighting never stopped—and has actually...

With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?
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With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?

The night before the end of Google's Pwnium contest at the CanSecWest security conference this year in Vancouver, a tall teen dressed in khaki shorts, tube socks...

Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever
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Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever

Congratulations, Barack Obama: You have prevailed in the nerdiest election in the history of the American Republic.

Most U.s. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds
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Most U.s. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds

Four years after discovering that militants were tapping into drone video feeds, the U.S. military still hasn't secured the transmissions of more than half of its...

Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet
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Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet

One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet.

Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.
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Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.

In the years to come, a top group of military scientists believe, the Pentagon may be able to use genomics and bio-markers to spot when a soldier is about to snap...

Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project
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Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit against universities that participated in a massive book-digitization project in conjunction...

Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case
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Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case

The Supreme Court closed a 6-year-old chapter Tuesday in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s bid to hold the nation’s telecoms liable for allegedly providing the...

Leonard Kleinrock, the Tx-2 and the Seeds of the Internet
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Leonard Kleinrock, the Tx-2 and the Seeds of the Internet

It was 4:00 in the morning, and Leonard Kleinrock was sitting inside MIT's Lincoln Laboratory on the outskirts of Boston, hunched in front of a massive computer...

Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?
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Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?

In 1966, the U.S. Department of Defense hired Roberts to design the ARPAnet, a computer network that would connect various research outfits across the country.
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