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Feds, Eff Clash in Appeals Court Hearing on Nsa Spying
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Feds, Eff Clash in Appeals Court Hearing on Nsa Spying

A three-judge federal appeals court grilled government and civil rights lawyers while entertaining arguments here Wednesday concerning dozens of dismissed lawsuits...

Nasa Measures Irene's Record Rain Totals From Space
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Nasa Measures Irene's Record Rain Totals From Space

NASA has totaled the impressive rainfall from Hurricane Irene using highly precise microwave measurements from a satellite.

Why Has BlackBerry Been Blamed for the London Riots?
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Why Has BlackBerry Been Blamed for the London Riots?

The whole of London is taking stock after outbreaks of violence and looting across the capital. Ealing, Camden, Peckham, Clapham, Lewisham, Woolwich, and Hackney...

Hard-Coded Password and Other Security Holes Found in Siemens Control Systems
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Hard-Coded Password and Other Security Holes Found in Siemens Control Systems

A security researcher has uncovered a slew of vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems, including a hard-coded password, that would let attackers...

For 'creativity,' Just Add 'crowd'
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For 'creativity,' Just Add 'crowd'

Stevens Institute of Technology researcher Jeffery Nickerson is studying how to use crowdsourcing to produce creative ideas. 

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Spies Want to Mine Your Tweets For Signs of the Next Tsunami

The intelligence community has seen the future, and the future is Google Trends. Actually, more like a highly sophisticated version of Google Trends, with Twitter...

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DARPA Crowdsources Interstellar Travel

Last August, a bunch of Star Wars fans pestered NASA about a timetable for building a hyperdrive engine. Maybe someone was listening. In May, the Defense Advanced...

How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years
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How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years

High on a rocky ridge in the desert, nestled among 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, is the topmost part of a clock that has been ticking for thousands of years...

Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War
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Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War

Know how to Tweet? Or how to put words into the mouths of foreign security functionaries? If so, the U.S. Army wants you to help un-quagmire the Afghanistan war...

Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding
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Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding

NASA's next Mars rover faces looming technical, financial, and scheduling challenges before its planned launch in November, according to an internal audit released...

One Brain, Hundreds of Eyes: DARPA Plots Manhunt Master Controller
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One Brain, Hundreds of Eyes: DARPA Plots Manhunt Master Controller

Thought military tracking technology couldn’t get any creepier? Hold onto your tinfoil hats and hide behind the nearest curtain because the next generation of...

Automotive Black Boxes, Minus the Gray Area
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Automotive Black Boxes, Minus the Gray Area

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will later this year propose a requirement that all new vehicles contain an event data recorder, known more...

Google Search Patterns Could Track Mrsa Spread
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Google Search Patterns Could Track Mrsa Spread

Google searches might enable public health experts to better fight drug-resistant staph infections, according to the University of Chicago's Diane Lauderdale.

Quantum Calculations Can Make Atomic Clocks of the Future Far More Accurate
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Quantum Calculations Can Make Atomic Clocks of the Future Far More Accurate

New calculations of how atoms swell when they’re warmed up can help make the next generation of atomic clocks 10 times more precise.

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Domestic Surveillance Court Approved All 1,506 Warrant Applications in 2010

The secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved all 1,506 government requests to electronically monitor suspected "agents" of a foreign power or...

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Darpa Apes Nick Fury to Map Social Networks

If the military is going to disrupt insurgent cells or understand how revolutionary movements congeal, it needs to perceive the connections between people that...

Csi Bin Laden: Commandos Use Thumb, Eye Scans to Track Terrorists
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Csi Bin Laden: Commandos Use Thumb, Eye Scans to Track Terrorists

The U.S. forces that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound were more than expert marksmen. Some of them were forensics experts as well, using sophisticated...

Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business
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Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business

Cisco is shutting down a business unit that it bought for over half-a-billion dollars: the Flip camcorder division. That's a shame, considering how high the Flip...

Military
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Military

The Pentagon has spent decades and gazillions of dollars trying to build the perfect translation device. Now, its far-out research arm is looking at a new direction...

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'predator' Smart Camera Locks Onto, Tracks Anything

Zdenek Kalal’s Predator object-tracking software is almost uncanny. Show anything to its all-seeing camera eye, and it will quickly learn to recognize it and...
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