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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets
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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets

Ari Juels, an independent researcher who was previously chief scientist at computer security company RSA, thinks something important is missing from the cryptography...

Another Super Bowl Ad Fest, This Time on the Cellphone
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Another Super Bowl Ad Fest, This Time on the Cellphone

Want to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy that goes to the Super Bowl winner? Take a left in 15 feet.

Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?
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Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?

How much are a dozen deep-learning researchers worth?

Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route
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Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is considering a path across a small sand dune to reach a favorable route to science destinations.

Which Genes Did We Get From Neandertals?
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Which Genes Did We Get From Neandertals?

Tens of thousands of years ago along the balmy Mediterranean coast, or in some desert oasis in the Middle East, a hunky Neandertal male lusted after a modern human...

Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear
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Beams of Sound Immerse You in Music Others Can't Hear

If you're sick of wading through a clogged email inbox or scrolling through endless Twitter timelines, Jörg Müller has a more fun way of sifting through your messages...

Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom
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Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom

Can scientists image the motion of electrons inside atoms?

More on Deepmind: AI Startup to Work Directly With Google’s Search Team
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More on Deepmind: AI Startup to Work Directly With Google’s Search Team

Google has been buying a lot of crazy stuff lately.

Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names
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Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names

Starting next week, the Internet is going to look very different—and ICANN Chief Executive Fadi Chehade is the one who'll get both the credit and the blame.

Nasa Preparing For 2014 Comet Watch at Mars
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Nasa Preparing For 2014 Comet Watch at Mars

This spring, NASA will be paying cautious attention to a comet that could put on a barnstorming show at Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

Virtual Worlds Are Real
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Virtual Worlds Are Real

Ever since virtual worlds and online games emerged in the mainstream consciousness around 2005, the media has insisted on framing them as escapist fantasies.

A 96-Antenna System Tests the Next Generation of Wireless
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A 96-Antenna System Tests the Next Generation of Wireless

Even as the world's carriers build out the latest wireless infrastructure, known as 4G LTE, a new apparatus bristling with 96 antennas taking shape at a Rice University...

Spy Agencies Tap Data Streaming From Phone Apps
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Spy Agencies Tap Data Streaming From Phone Apps

When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spies could be lurking in the background...

The Race to Buy the Human Brains Behind Deep Learning Machines
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The Race to Buy the Human Brains Behind Deep Learning Machines

Any aspiring science fiction writer looking for a good protagonist could do worse than ripping off the Wikipedia page for Demis Hassabis.

How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World
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How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World

The Web cookie may be dying, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of consumers being tracked online.

China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust
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China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust

A plucky bunny on the moon may have just met an untimely end.

The Holodeck Begins to Take Shape
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The Holodeck Begins to Take Shape

Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking are playing poker together.

10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth
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10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth

On January 25, 2004, a strange object fell out of the sky on a distant planet—and when it hit the surface, it started to bounce.

At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack
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At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack

Imagine this scenario: In the course of an hour this week, four different people involved in Super Bowl setup require emergency medical assistance, all for nausea...
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