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Intel's Laser Chips Could Make Data Centers Run Better
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Intel's Laser Chips Could Make Data Centers Run Better

Intel hopes to make computing far more efficient by introducing a technology that replaces conventional copper data cables with faster optical data links.

This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a ­i
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This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a ­i

We've seen how kids take to touchscreens. To them, our unfathomably sophisticated smartphones and tablets are about as hard to figure out as a bucket full of blocks...

Huge Botnet Found ­sing Tor Network For Communications
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Huge Botnet Found ­sing Tor Network For Communications

In the wake of the revelations surrounding the NSA's domestic surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations, security experts said there would likely be a...

Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills
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Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills

Sixty-five-year-old Ann Linsey was starting to worry about how easily she got distracted from whatever she was doing.

Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?
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Robots: Is the Uncanny Valley Real?

Mick Walters opens a door in his lab and points his computer's camera towards the small, blurry, tan-coloured object he has just revealed. "This is Kaspar Two,"...

Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen
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Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen

At some point in the coming weeks, users of Apple iPhones and iPads will wake up to an alert that there is a new version of the company's mobile operating system...

Tech Pioneer Vint Cerf on the Age of Context and Why You Can't Be a Citizen of the Internet
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Tech Pioneer Vint Cerf on the Age of Context and Why You Can't Be a Citizen of the Internet

Few people have as much claim as Vint Cerf to the title "Father of the Internet," but as the technologies he helped develop in the 1970s and 1980s become increasingly...

The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body
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The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body

Bertolt Meyer pulls off his left forearm and gives it to me.

Adept Emphasizes Energy-Efficient Parallelism
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Adept Emphasizes Energy-Efficient Parallelism

The European Union-funded ADEPT project is exploring the energy-efficient use of parallel technologies. ADEPT aims to help high-performance computing software...

Vending Machines Get Smart to Accommodate the Cashless
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Vending Machines Get Smart to Accommodate the Cashless

More than 40 percent of U.S. adults say they can go a week without paying for something with cash, according to a survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports last year...

Inside the Response to the New York Times Attack
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Inside the Response to the New York Times Attack

Late Tuesday morning, one of the engineers in CloudFlare's San Francisco office saw a message on Twitter saying that the New York Times Web site was down. Minutes...

The Proof in the Quantum Pudding
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The Proof in the Quantum Pudding

In early May, news reports gushed that a quantum computation device had for the first time outperformed classical computers, solving certain problems thousands...

A Camera That Sees Like the Human Eye
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A Camera That Sees Like the Human Eye

The retina is an enormously powerful tool. It sorts through massive amounts of data while operating on only a fraction of the power that a conventional digital...

How Syrian Hackers Found the New York Times's Australian Weak Spot
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How Syrian Hackers Found the New York Times's Australian Weak Spot

A hacking attack launched by the Syrian Electronic Army may have targeted the New York Timesand other U.S. media companies, but the weak link was Melbourne IT (...

Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?
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Think You Can Drive a Bulldozer?

As he closed the door, leaving me alone at the controls of a 41,000-pound bulldozer with list price of nearly $432,000, a Komatsu Ltd. executive shouted, "No worries...

Researcher Controls Colleague's Motions in First Human Brain-to-Brain Interface
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Researcher Controls Colleague's Motions in First Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send...

Nasa's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation
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Nasa's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars.

The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.
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The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.

Just weeks after The Washington Post had our own run-in with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), the New York Times is down, and the SEA is claiming responsibility...

How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study
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How Surveillance Changes Behavior: A Restaurant Workers Case Study

Surveillance is certainly much in the news lately. Most notably, of course, there is the continuing outcry over the National Security Agency’s call-tracking program...

NASA's Plan to Put a Landsail Rover on Venus
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NASA's Plan to Put a Landsail Rover on Venus

Venus is like a reclusive celebrity that gets the public's attention every couple of years, though in the planet's case it's more like every century.
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