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Japan Disaster Recovery Efforts Get Help From Satellites
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Japan Disaster Recovery Efforts Get Help From Satellites

In the aftermath of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, satellite maps have been a vital part of search and rescue efforts by providing clear pictures...

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Quake Moved Japan Closer to U.S. and Altered Earth's Spin

The magnitude-8.9 earthquake that struck northern Japan on Friday not only violently shook the ground and generated a devastating tsunami, it also moved the coastline...

Planetary Exploration 2013
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Planetary Exploration 2013

On Monday March 7th, NASA and NSF received the results of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which recommended planetary exploration priorities to NASA and...

A Declaration of Cyber-War
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A Declaration of Cyber-War

All over Europe, smartphones rang in the middle of the night. Rolling over in bed, blinking open their eyes, civilians reached for the little devices and, in...

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Kaspar the Friendly Robot Helps Autistic Kids

University of Hertfordshire scientists are working with a preschool for autistic children to study the impact of robots on the development of students' social skills...

AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells
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AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells

In A bar in Maastricht University in the Netherlands, 12 students are each given an envelope marked "Top Secret." Inside are plans for a terror attack somewhere...

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U.S. Funding Tech Firms that Help Mideast Dissidents Evade Government Censors

The Obama administration may not be lending arms to dissidents in the Middle East, but it is offering aid in another critical way: helping them surf the Web anonymously...

Al Franken: 'they're Coming After the Internet'
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Al Franken: 'they're Coming After the Internet'

Sen. Al Franken claimed Monday that big corporations are "hoping to destroy" the Internet and issued a call to arms to several hundred tech-savvy South by Southwest...

Japan's Internet Largely Intact After Earthquake, Tsunami
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Japan's Internet Largely Intact After Earthquake, Tsunami

Japan's Internet infrastructure demonstrated surprising resilience in the face of the recent earthquake and tsunami, as most Web sites remain in operation and the...

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Search Undergoing Biggest Disruption Since the Dawn of Google

Facing criticism over the quality of search results, Google recently tweaked its famously secretive algorithm to weed out spam sites and so-called "content farms...

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Poker Bots Invade Online Gambling

Bryan Taylor, 36, could not shake the feeling that something funny was going on. Three of his most frequent opponents on an online poker site were acting oddly...

Taking Control of Cars From Afar
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Taking Control of Cars From Afar

Researchers who have spent the last two years studying the security of car computer systems have revealed that they can take control of vehicles wirelessly.

Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You
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Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You

Three hours after I gave my name and e-mail address to Michael Fertik, the CEO of Reputation.com, he called me back and read my Social Security number to me....

Ex-Googlers Penetrating Silicon Valley Startup Hierarchy
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Ex-Googlers Penetrating Silicon Valley Startup Hierarchy

It may be too soon to equate the "Xooglers," as members of the ever-expanding network of ex-Google employees call themselves, with the "PayPal Mafia"—the founders...

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Can You Judge a Person by an Email Address?

Gmail users are thinner, younger; AOL users older, overweight, study says.

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Researchers Show How a Car's Electronics Can Be Taken Over Remotely

With a modest amount of expertise, computer hackers could gain remote access to someone's car—just as they do to people's personal computers—and take over the...

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Cyberattack-Alert System Could Be Model For U.s.

Washington is in the process of deploying a statewide system that will provide early warnings about cybersecurity threats to participating organizations and the...

Researchers 'kinect' Data to Make Faster Diagnoses
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Researchers 'kinect' Data to Make Faster Diagnoses

University of Minnesota researchers are using an Xbox Kinect as a part of a medical tool that produces diagnoses of mental disorders in small children, including...

Mark Zuckerberg's 650 Million Friends (and Counting)
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Mark Zuckerberg's 650 Million Friends (and Counting)

Back in June 2009, the globe's potpourri of social-networking sites was dazzlingly diverse: Google's Orkut dominated India and Brazil; Central and South America...

GPS Chaos: How a $30 Box Can Jam Your Life
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GPS Chaos: How a $30 Box Can Jam Your Life

Signals from GPS satellites now help you to call your mother, power your home, and even land your plane – but a cheap plastic box can jam it all.
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