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Quantum State May Be a Real Thing
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Quantum State May Be a Real Thing

At the very heart of quantum mechanics lies a monster waiting to consume unwary minds.

Massachusetts High Court Orders Suspect to Decrypt His Computers
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Massachusetts High Court Orders Suspect to Decrypt His Computers

Massachusetts' top court ruled, in a 5-2 decision on Wednesday, that a criminal suspect can be ordered to decrypt his seized computer.

Scotus to Weigh In on When Online Rants Become Criminal Threats
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Scotus to Weigh In on When Online Rants Become Criminal Threats

The US Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will consider a case involving a thorny free speech issue in the digital age: at what point does a statement made...

A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language
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A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language

If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions.

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?
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Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Take a tour through the research laboratories at any university physics department or national lab, and much of what you will see defines "cutting edge."

How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion
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How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

Modern smartphones have helped shed a light on the power of user interfaces that are driven by gesture and touch. It’s increasingly clear that touch will play a...

Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads
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Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads

The question of whether online broadcast television is to remain in the hands of a stodgy industry that once declared the VCR the enemy is being put directly before...

Supreme Court Weighing When Online Speech Becomes Illegal Threat
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Supreme Court Weighing When Online Speech Becomes Illegal Threat

When does an online threat become worthy of criminal prosecution?

As Human Laws Grapple with Robots, There Are No Easy Answers
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As Human Laws Grapple with Robots, There Are No Easy Answers

There's been a lot of buzz about robots lately.

Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually
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Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it's finally ready to consider regulations that...

Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom
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Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom

Can scientists image the motion of electrons inside atoms?

10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth
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10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth

On January 25, 2004, a strange object fell out of the sky on a distant planet—and when it hit the surface, it started to bounce.

How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer
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How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer

There has been a lot of news lately about nefarious-sounding backdoors being inserted into cryptographic standards and toolkits.

Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing
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Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing

For the first time, the United States' most secret court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), has published its legal rationale as to why the ...

Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed
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Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed

When we reviewed iOS 6 a year ago, we called it a "spit-and-polish" release and stand by that assessment today.

Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes
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Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes

What happens when two black holes smash into each another? They form an even larger black hole while driving jets of relativistic matter into the far reaches...

Supreme Court: 'business Method' and Software Patents Ok
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Supreme Court: 'business Method' and Software Patents Ok

This morning, the Supreme Court decided the long-running Bilski case on business method patents--a case with broad applicability to software patents. As expected...

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Recommendation Algorithm Wants to Show You Something New

An international group of researchers have developed a new algorithm for recommender systems designed to address the challenge of diversity when making recommendations...

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Tim Berners-Lee Launches 'www Foundation' at Igf 2009

Sir Tim Berners-Lee used the recent Internet Governance Forum to announce the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation, which he says will be an incubator for transformative...
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