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Why Didn't We Know the Russian Meteor Was Coming?
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Why Didn't We Know the Russian Meteor Was Coming?

Thomas Pynchon said it best, years before: "A screaming comes across the sky." Midmorning today, near the city of Chelyabinsk in western Siberia, a meteor came...

The Drones of the Future May Build Skyscrapers
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The Drones of the Future May Build Skyscrapers

Drones can't just destroy, they can create.

Nasa to Chronicle Close Earth Flyby of Asteroid
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Nasa to Chronicle Close Earth Flyby of Asteroid

NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid...

Amid the Patent Wars, a Powerful Pact of Non-Aggression
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Amid the Patent Wars, a Powerful Pact of Non-Aggression

The Open Invention Network, a community set up by an IBM-led consortium in 2005 to foster a safe patent environment for developers and users of the free, open-source...

Welcome to the Malware-Industrial Complex
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Welcome to the Malware-Industrial Complex

Every summer, computer security experts get together in Las Vegas for Black Hat and DEFCON, conferences that have earned notoriety for presentations demonstrating...

Simulation of a One-Two Punch that Nearly Destroyed the Asteroid Vesta
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Simulation of a One-Two Punch that Nearly Destroyed the Asteroid Vesta

The large asteroid Vesta is a true relic of our Solar System's early history.

The Computer That Never Crashes
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The Computer That Never Crashes

University College London researchers have created what they describe as a self-repairing computer that could keep mission-critical systems working. 

Pentagon Creates New Medal For Cyber, Drone Wars
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Pentagon Creates New Medal For Cyber, Drone Wars

They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.

Nasa Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East
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Nasa Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during...

In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are a Hot Commodity
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In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are a Hot Commodity

There have been security flaws in software as long as there has been software, but they have become even more critically important in the context of cyberweapons...

Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'
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Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'

With each passing day we are becoming more intertwined into the Internet of Things, where each and every object in the world—your clothes closet and every article...

Obama Order Gives Firms Cyberthreat Information
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Obama Order Gives Firms Cyberthreat Information

President Obama signed an executive order on Tuesday that promotes increased information sharing about cyberthreats between the government and private companies...

3d Software Key to Designing Many of Today's Consumer Products
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3d Software Key to Designing Many of Today's Consumer Products

While developing an electric bicycle for his San Rafael company, Marcus Hays had planned to insert a battery into one of the bike's supporting tubes. But then he...

A System That Improves the Precision of Gps in Cities By 90 Percent
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A System That Improves the Precision of Gps in Cities By 90 Percent

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers have developed a system that improves GPS accuracy by up to 90 percent. 

The Browser Wars Go Mobile
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The Browser Wars Go Mobile

When surfing the Web on a smartphone, most of us stick with the browser that came with our handset.

Oscar Sci-Tech Awards Honor Ingenious Screen Science and Engineering
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Oscar Sci-Tech Awards Honor Ingenious Screen Science and Engineering

The goal of every movie is for the audience to suspend its collective disbelief and become immersed in the world created on screen.

At Facebook, Zero-Day Exploits, Backdoor Code Bring War Games Drill to Life
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At Facebook, Zero-Day Exploits, Backdoor Code Bring War Games Drill to Life

Early on Halloween morning, members of Facebook's Computer Emergency Response Team received an urgent email from an FBI special agent who regularly briefs them...

Stand on Mars Next to the Curiosity Rover With This Incredible Panorama
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Stand on Mars Next to the Curiosity Rover With This Incredible Panorama

Over the weekend, NASA's Curiosity rover successfully drilled into the surface of Mars and collected its first sample from the interior of a rock.

Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life
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Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life

It was the late Steve Jobs' worst nightmare. A powerful Asian manufacturer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, uses Google Inc's Android software to create smartphones...

Navy's Next-Gen Binoculars Will Recognize Your Face
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Navy's Next-Gen Binoculars Will Recognize Your Face

Take a close look, because the next generation of military binoculars could be doing more than just letting sailors and soldiers see from far away.
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