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Nasa Seeks Proposals For Europa Mission Science Instruments
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Nasa Seeks Proposals For Europa Mission Science Instruments

NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa...

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone
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Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.

Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law
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Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law

These are challenging times for computer chip engineers.

D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push
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D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push

D-Wave Systems, which has been developing a radically different kind of computer since 1999, has installed a grand total of two systems outside its premises. But...

Why Apple's Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming
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Why Apple's Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming

Chris Lattner spent a year and a half creating a new programming language—a new way of designing, building, and running computer software—and he didn't mention...

Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

How Not to Build a Brain
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How Not to Build a Brain

Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach.

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown...

Microsoft CEO readies big shakeup, drops devices and services focus
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Microsoft CEO readies big shakeup, drops devices and services focus

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent an email to all employees today outlining the company’s ambitions for the new financial year.

Intel, Qualcomm and Others Compete For 'internet of Things' Standard
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Intel, Qualcomm and Others Compete For 'internet of Things' Standard

If the stakes are big enough, companies will compete even for something that is supposed to be free to all comers.

Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs
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Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs

The New York Police Department's Facebook page has taken on a role that was once largely limited to the city's press corps: publishing news articles.

Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan
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Row Hits Flagship Brain Plan

The European Union's high-profile, €1-billion Human Brain Project, launched last October, has come under fire from neuroscientists, who claim that poor management...

Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans
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Principles Are No Match For Europe's Love of U.s. Web Titans

On weekends, Guillaume Rosquin browses the shelves of local bookstores in Lyon, France.

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories
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Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club
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Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club

One area of the tech world in which women are making great gains is information security, where they outnumber men in certain positions.

Here's What the Leaders of Tech Told Graduates in 2014
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Here's What the Leaders of Tech Told Graduates in 2014

Graduates around the world gather at the end of spring for one final lesson: the commencement speech.

The AP's Newest Business Reporter Is an Algorithm
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The AP's Newest Business Reporter Is an Algorithm

Journalistic earnings stories can feel robotic, even when written by a news organization as prestigious as the Associated Press.

New N.s.a. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable
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New N.s.a. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable

The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid surveillance...

New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines
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New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines

The New York City subway system may run 24 hours a day and represent the most efficient means to get around the metropolis, but it has long been a sore spot for...

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search
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Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search

The big announcements at Google's I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday didn't mention Web search, the technology that got the company started and made it so successful...
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