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Help Nasa Code Its Way Through Space
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Help Nasa Code Its Way Through Space

If you'd like to work on software projects that might one day send your code to Mars or on a deep space mission, NASA has some code for you to hack on.

It's a Man vs. Machine Recovery
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It's a Man vs. Machine Recovery

The U.S. produces almost one-quarter more goods and services today than it did in 1999, while using almost precisely the same number of workers.

Google's Chrome Page No Longer Ranks For 'browser' After Sponsored Post Penalty
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Google's Chrome Page No Longer Ranks For 'browser' After Sponsored Post Penalty

Searches for "browser" no longer bring up the Google Chrome home page after Google applied a penalty against the page because of Google's own sponsored post campaign...

Robots Put You in Two Places at Once
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Robots Put You in Two Places at Once

Mike Fennelly isn't easily surprised by cutting-edge technologies, but when he started as an IT guy at a Silicon Valley startup called Evernote, he was caught...

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Gartner Slashes 2012 Global IT Spending Forecast

Happy New Year. IT market-research outfit Gartner has some sour news to start off 2012: It has just slashed its growth forecast for global on tech spending.

Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools
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Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools

Ann Rosenbaum, a former military police officer in the Marines, does not shrink from a fight, having even survived a close encounter with a car bomb in Iraq.

Risky Rescue for Crippled Air Force Satellite
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Risky Rescue for Crippled Air Force Satellite

It was an epic space rescue that, in audacity and risk, echoed NASA's campaign to save the astronauts aboard the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission.

Civilian Contractors Playing Key Roles in ­.s. Drone Operations
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Civilian Contractors Playing Key Roles in ­.s. Drone Operations

After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian...

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First Siri, Now Threat Detection: Inside Sri's Amazing R&d

Who invented Siri?

John McCarthy, 1927 - 2011
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John McCarthy, 1927 - 2011

Winner of the 1971 A.M. Turing Award, John McCarthy was a founder of artificial intelligence and inventor of the Lisp programming language.

Analyzing Apple Products
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Analyzing Apple Products

Researchers untangle the complex web of Apple's global supply chain — and offer lessons for managers and policymakers trying to chart the future course of U.S....

Celebration Time
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Celebration Time

The centennial celebrations of Alan Turing's birth might help turn a quiet British genius into an iconic global hero.

Law and Disorder
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Law and Disorder

International law has always been a murky and Byzantine area. However, the Internet and digital technology have raised the stakes, the risks, and the challenges...

Revamping Storage Performance
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Revamping Storage Performance

Great strides are being made in finding fast alternatives to the slow disks that dominate storage systems, but fast media are not nearly enough.

Got Research? Nist Could Show You the Money
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Got Research? Nist Could Show You the Money

The U.S. NIST will make funding available for research subjects such as information technology, smart grid and control system security, and systems integration...

Mexico's Cartels Build Own National Radio System
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Mexico's Cartels Build Own National Radio System

When convoys of soldiers or federal police move through the scrubland of northern Mexico, the Zetas drug cartel knows they are coming.

The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem
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The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

At the beginning of this year I wrote that the transition to universal mobile digital money is likely to be among the most exciting, important and challenging...

Bitcoin's Comeback: Should Western ­nion Be Afraid?
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Bitcoin's Comeback: Should Western ­nion Be Afraid?

The last time we wrote about Bitcoin, in October, the currency's future looked grim. A series of security incidents had created an avalanche of bad press, which...

Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook For the 99%
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Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook For the 99%

As part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a team of Web and mobile application developers is redesigning social networking for the era of global protests.

Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread
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Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread

We've all heard it: The Internet has flattened the world, allowing social networks to spring up overnight, independent of geography or socioeconomic status.
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