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Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims
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Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims

Tor, a service that helps cautious Internet users stay anonymous online, is facing increased scrutiny and potentially new attacks as the global debate on surveillance...

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI
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Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI

Luis von Ahn has heard it all before.

Research Brings ­nbreakable Phones One Step Closer
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Research Brings ­nbreakable Phones One Step Closer

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to transfer electronics with versatile functionality onto a flexible surface. RMIT's...

'feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology
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'feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology

Touch technology has come a long way in the last decade.

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators
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Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

In a chilling episode of "Homeland" last year, a terrorist killed the vice president with a fiendishly clever weapon: a remote-control device that attacked the...

Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles
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Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles

As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate...

Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?
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Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?

It seems the cruellest and most unnecessary of deaths—to be crushed in the midst of a crowd.

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

Cassini Swings Above Saturn to Compose a Portrait
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Cassini Swings Above Saturn to Compose a Portrait

It's a view as good as gold. A loop high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings.

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."

Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante
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Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante

Ed Terebus was an 18-year-old high school student when he and his big brother Jim, a laid-off auto worker, decided to build their first haunted house 34 years ago...

Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'
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Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

Alton Towers in Staffordshire has just opened the world's first 14-loop roller coaster, called The Smiler, while in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World claims to have the...

­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core
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­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core

When he read about the technical failures plaguing HealthCare.gov, Mike Bracken said it felt like a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day.

Big Plans For Small Spacecraft
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Big Plans For Small Spacecraft

It's hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano's MIT office.

Nasa Laser Communication System Sets Record with Data Transmissions to and from Moon
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Nasa Laser Communication System Sets Record with Data Transmissions to and from Moon

NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth...

In Cyberarms Race, North Korea Emerging As a Power, Not a Pushover
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In Cyberarms Race, North Korea Emerging As a Power, Not a Pushover

Often dismissed as a laggard in the global cyberarms race, North Korea has long been seen as a chronic cyber-superpower wannabe.

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
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The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested
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The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

Check it out, I'm working on a reboot of The Graduate, set in 2013.

Last Command Sent to Planck Space Telescope
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Last Command Sent to Planck Space Telescope

The Planck space telescope has been turned off after spending nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars...
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