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Inside the Drone Economy
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Inside the Drone Economy

Last month the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the unmanned systems industry's largest trade organization, released its first economic study...

Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths
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Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths

Paper folding isn’t just an art, it can help fit everything on spacecraft from solar panels to telescope mirrors.

Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future
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Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future

It was a high-tech speed-dating session, Silicon Valley-style: I would sit in the storied memorabilia-laden Room 2306 in the bowels of PARC, the former Xerox research...

What to Expect When Elevators and Toys Start Phoning Home
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What to Expect When Elevators and Toys Start Phoning Home

Your next elevator pitch might actually come from data derived from your elevator.

U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback
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U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback

Even as the U.S. government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage, it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Israel's Main Infrastructure Control System
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Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Israel's Main Infrastructure Control System

The Syrian Electronic Army launched a successful cyberattack on the main infrastructure system of Haifa, one of the most important ports in Israel, disrupting the...

A Quantum Computer Aces Its Test
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A Quantum Computer Aces Its Test

The long-sought quantum computer, a machine potentially far ahead of today's best supercomputers, is almost as hard to define as it is to build.

Big Data from Cheap Phones
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Big Data from Cheap Phones

At a computer in her office at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, epidemiologist Caroline Buckee points to a dot on a map of Kenya's western highlands...

China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q
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China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q

Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye-popping product line.

Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?
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Apple: An End to Skeuomorphic Design?

Why do most smartphones make a clicking noise, like a camera shutter closing, when you take a picture with them? Why do the virtual pages of a book on a tablet...

Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics
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Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics

Don't be surprised if Stephen Wolfram, the renowned complexity theorist, software company CEO, and night owl, wants to schedule a work call with you at 9 p.m. In...

Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite
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Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That's more than YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com, HBO...

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
From ACM Opinion

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Smartphones Put a Translator in Your Pocket
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Smartphones Put a Translator in Your Pocket

The days of madly flipping through bilingual phrase books while trying to converse with somebody in another language is fast giving way to a technological alternative...

My Big Fat European Family: What Genomics Tell ­s About Shared Ancestors
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My Big Fat European Family: What Genomics Tell ­s About Shared Ancestors

Last month, a trio of engineers debuted an app that allows Icelanders to determine if they’re actually related to a potential date.

Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans By 2100, Experts Say
From ACM Opinion

Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans By 2100, Experts Say

Are you prepared to meet your robot overlords?

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet
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Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet

When some future Mars colonist is able to open his browser and watch a cat in a shark suit chasing a duck while riding a roomba, they will have Vint Cerf to thank...

China Sees Cyberwar as Reducing ­.s. Advantage in Future Conflict
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China Sees Cyberwar as Reducing ­.s. Advantage in Future Conflict

It's one thing to read news concerning the latest report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Defense on China's latest military activities. But with regard to...

Nasa's Spitzer Puts Planets in a Petri Dish
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Nasa's Spitzer Puts Planets in a Petri Dish

Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets.

Here's How Smartphones, Tablets, and Huge Databases Will ­pend Market Research
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Here's How Smartphones, Tablets, and Huge Databases Will ­pend Market Research

If you're tired of those annoying 8 p.m. phone calls asking questions about where you shop, or of carrying an Arbitron sensor to provide radio ratings, your omnipresent...
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