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Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate
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Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate

Astronomers said Wednesday that each of the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way probably has at least one companion planet, adding credence to the notion that...

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Justices Weigh Privacy vs. Gps Bugs

In a case that questions the Constitution's meaning in light of modern surveillance technology, the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a...

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists
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Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists

A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting made it...

Zot! Uc Irvine Team Proves Stellar at Mapping Dark Matter
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Zot! Uc Irvine Team Proves Stellar at Mapping Dark Matter

When David Kirkby and Daniel Margala entered a contest to find out who could most accurately map dark matter in the universe, the first algorithm they submitted...

Family Pioneers in Exploration of the Genome
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Family Pioneers in Exploration of the Genome

A group of researchers said that by examining the whole genome of a family of four, they were able to make unusually specific findings, including the daughter's...

Face-Id Tools Pose New Risk
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Face-Id Tools Pose New Risk

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers are studying how facial-recognition tools can be detrimental to privacy. In a recent test, the researchers were...

Google Missed 'friend Thing'
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Google Missed 'friend Thing'

Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt said one of his biggest failures as chief executive of the search giant over the last decade was grappling with the...

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Spy Planes Played Indispensable Role in Mission

The raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan represents probably the biggest success so far of a revolution in military technology: the ability to relay...

Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30
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Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30

Matthew Rothman bought an HP 12c financial calculator for his first job out of college in 1989. Years later, he still has the same calculator. And he still uses...

Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners
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Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners

From copper-fibersocks to fiber-optic cable, innovation and improvisation make time more bearable for 33 Chilean.

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
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What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

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Tech Spending Bounces Back as Profits Rise

Business spending on technology goods and services is returning as the economy mends, pumping new life into suppliers such as Cisco Systems Inc., though it has...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

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Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...

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In Search For Intelligence, a Silicon Brain Twitches

Blue Brain is a supercomputer-powered software model designed to closely simulate the activity of a rat's neocortical column (NCC) in the hope of gaining insights...

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Internet Providers Move to Shape Broadband Push

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional lawmakers want to improve the quality and availability of high-speed Web access in the United States. Some...
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