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The Status of Moore's Law: It's Complicated
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The Status of Moore's Law: It's Complicated

As computer chips grow denser, it becomes increasingly difficult to measure the progression of Moore's Law. Exacerbating this situation is the mutability of the...

Fifth Amendment Prohibits Compelled Decryption, New EFF Brief Argues
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Fifth Amendment Prohibits Compelled Decryption, New EFF Brief Argues

Encryption is one of the most important ways to safeguard data from prying eyes.

Mars Express Flyover of the Red Planet
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Mars Express Flyover of the Red Planet

From the highest volcano to the deepest canyon, from impact craters to ancient river beds and lava flows, this showcase of images from ESA's Mars Express takes...

The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth
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The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth

A startup spun out of Stanford says it has solved an age-old problem in radio communications with a new circuit and algorithm that allow data to be sent and received...

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking
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Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking

The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising,...

Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence
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Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

If the New York Times's latest article is to be believed, artificial intelligence is moving so fast it sometimes seems almost "magical."

Japan: A Haven For Humanoid Robots
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Japan: A Haven For Humanoid Robots

Noriko Arai is not the first woman to spotlight the hazard that boys and their toys can present, and she won't be the last.

Making Robots More Like ­S
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Making Robots More Like ­S

On a recent morning Natanel Dukan walked into the Paris offices of the French robot maker Aldebaran and noticed one of the company's humanoid NAO robots sitting...

Dm Warns of Enemies' Cyber War Against Iran
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Dm Warns of Enemies' Cyber War Against Iran

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned of enemies' possible plots to wage a cyber war against the country to destroy Iran's scientific...

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think
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Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think

A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between Munich and...

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM News

'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.
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