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Google Asks: How Much Is Mapping Worth?
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Google Asks: How Much Is Mapping Worth?

How much has mapping software changed your life?

Hackers in China Attacked The Times For Last 4 Months
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Hackers in China Attacked The Times For Last 4 Months

For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters...

Computer Scientists Take Road Less Traveled
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Computer Scientists Take Road Less Traveled

Not long ago, a team of researchers from Stanford and McGill universities broke a 35-year record in computer science by an almost imperceptible margin — four hundredths...

Microscopic Leds Could Speed ­p Wireless Communication
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Microscopic Leds Could Speed ­p Wireless Communication

Researchers believe microscopic LEDs could make wireless communication even faster. A team led by Strathclyde University is developing a visible light communication...

A Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light
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A Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light

The driver of the first Corvette, in 1953, was welcomed by a lovely fan of numbers—a sweeping, eye-catching speedometer denominated in 10-mile-per-hour intervals...

Rio De Janeiro Brings Qr Codes to Its Streets
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Rio De Janeiro Brings Qr Codes to Its Streets

Rio de Janeiro is adding something new into its trademark black-and-white mosaic pavements: QR codes.

Cellphone Chips Will Remake the Server World. Period.
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Cellphone Chips Will Remake the Server World. Period.

Facebook recently ran an experiment. Inside a test lab, somewhere behind the scenes at the world's most popular network, engineers sidled up to a computer server...

The Inside Story Of Siri's Origins
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The Inside Story Of Siri's Origins

The world got its first inkling of the quick wit that would make Apple's Siri an icon during a packed press conference held before an auditorium of tech elite.

Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?
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Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?

Go to a cash machine in Japan or Poland and there's a good chance you'll find a finger-sized scanner next to the keypad.

Quantum Communication: Each Photon Counts
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Quantum Communication: Each Photon Counts

Researchers say they have developed ultrafast, efficient, and reliable single-photon detectors, which makes possible the application of the latest advances in optical...

Lens-Less Camera Emerges from Metamaterials Work
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Lens-Less Camera Emerges from Metamaterials Work

U.S. scientists have used metamaterials to build the imaging system, which samples infra-red and microwave light.

Mathematical Breakthrough Sets Out Rules For More Effective Teleportation
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Mathematical Breakthrough Sets Out Rules For More Effective Teleportation

For the past 10 years, theoretical physicists have shown that the intense connections generated between particles as established in the quantum law of 'entanglement'...

Life in Simulation
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Life in Simulation

Computational models are tackling the complexity of biology, from single-celled microbes to human organs.

Revving the Rover
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Revving the Rover

The new Mars rover has attracted plenty of attention for its planetary gymnastics, but the big breakthroughs are under the hood.

A New Model For Healthcare
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A New Model For Healthcare

Computer modeling is radically redefining healthcare and epidemiology by providing new tools for understanding the impact of different intervention strategies.

Two Science Projects to Receive Award of 1 Billion Euros
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Two Science Projects to Receive Award of 1 Billion Euros

Projects to imitate the brain and to develop new materials for information technology have won awards of about 1 billion euros (U.S. $1.34 billion) each were announced...

Senior Military Official Rejects Claims About Explosion at Fordo Enrichment Facility
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Senior Military Official Rejects Claims About Explosion at Fordo Enrichment Facility

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri on Monday categorically denied the recent media reports about an explosion...

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You
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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You

Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls...

How Google's Jeff Dean Became the Chuck Norris of the Internet
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How Google's Jeff Dean Became the Chuck Norris of the Internet

"The speed of light in a vacuum used to be about 35 mph. Then Jeff Dean spent a weekend optimizing physics."—Jeff Dean Facts

Google Offers $3.14159 Million in Total Rewards For Chrome Os Hacking Contest
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Google Offers $3.14159 Million in Total Rewards For Chrome Os Hacking Contest

Google has never been stingy when it comes to paying for information about security vulnerabilities in products.
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