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Liftoff for ESA's Billion-Star Surveyor
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Liftoff for ESA's Billion-Star Surveyor

Gaia is destined to create the most accurate map yet of the Milky Way.

Nasa's Deep Space Network Turns 50
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Nasa's Deep Space Network Turns 50

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest and most powerful communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th...

Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta's Hidden Attractions
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Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta's Hidden Attractions

Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance.

Keeping the Lights On
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Keeping the Lights On

The Koopman Mode Analysis is an algorithm that could predict future instabilities in the power grid and make power outages a thing of the past. 

Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos
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Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos

Google has introduced a new feature to its Google Glass, which allows users to take a photo with a "wink of the eye."

4 Reasons Why Apple's Ibeacon Is About to Disrupt Interaction Design
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4 Reasons Why Apple's Ibeacon Is About to Disrupt Interaction Design

You step inside Walmart and your shopping list is transformed into a personalized map, showing you the deals that'll appeal to you most.

Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance
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Eye-Tracker Lets You Drag and Drop Files With a Glance

Bored of using a mouse?

Thinking in Silicon
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Thinking in Silicon

Picture a person reading these words on a laptop in a coffee shop.

Officials Say ­.s. May Never Know Extent of Snowden's Leaks
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Officials Say ­.s. May Never Know Extent of Snowden's Leaks

American intelligence and law enforcement investigators have concluded that they may never know the entirety of what the former National Security Agency contractor...

Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots
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Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots

BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat, and Atlas have joined Google's growing robot menagerie.

Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money
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Nasa's Chief Scientist on Mars, Moons, and Money

Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan joined NASA in August as the agency's chief scientist, an overarching role in which she advises on the science of all NASA programmes...

New Results Send Mars Rover on a Quest For Ancient Life
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New Results Send Mars Rover on a Quest For Ancient Life

When the Curiosity rover landed in Gale crater 16 months ago, its goal was to find a place on Mars that was habitable 4 billion years ago.

Cloud Power Issue Looms, Says Cisco CTO
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Cloud Power Issue Looms, Says Cisco CTO

Cisco Systems technologists say it is crucial for the U.S. government to fund basic research into future power consumption issues.

Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'
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Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She's A Robot
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Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She's A Robot

The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

For Steve Ballmer, a Lasting Touch on Microsoft
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For Steve Ballmer, a Lasting Touch on Microsoft

On the eve of his exit as chief executive officer of Microsoft, after more than a decade on the job, Steve Ballmer is more than ever a CEO whose image does not...

New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking
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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking

Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.

Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'tinkertoy' Materials to Appear in Science
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Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'tinkertoy' Materials to Appear in Science

A new method to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework materials could have major implications for the future of electronics.

Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'
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Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'

For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says...

Nasa Jsc Unveils 'valkyrie' Drc Robot
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Nasa Jsc Unveils 'valkyrie' Drc Robot

When teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) were announced last year, almost all of them provided reasonably detailed renderings that gave us...
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