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Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
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Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote

Strategists affiliated with the Obama and Romney campaigns say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined...

How I Accidentally Helped Compromise the Secret Keys of High-Security Handcuffs
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How I Accidentally Helped Compromise the Secret Keys of High-Security Handcuffs

In the age of freely available modeling software, laser cutters and 3D printers, shapes that must stay secret for security's sake don't stay secret for long. Especially...

Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.
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Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.

In the years to come, a top group of military scientists believe, the Pentagon may be able to use genomics and bio-markers to spot when a soldier is about to snap...

Leon Panetta on Cybersecurity: D.C. Action Needed
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Leon Panetta on Cybersecurity: D.C. Action Needed

While Joe Biden and Paul Ryan were duking it out last Thursday night over U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was warning...

Precision Espionage Miniflame Malware Tied to Flame, Gauss
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Precision Espionage Miniflame Malware Tied to Flame, Gauss

One of three previously unseen pieces of malware discovered during forensic analysis of the Flame malware command-and-control servers has been identified as a secondary...

Moore's Law: The Rule That Really Matters in Tech
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Moore's Law: The Rule That Really Matters in Tech

Moore's Law has sustained its momentum despite worries of it hitting its physical limits, thanks to materials scientists' progress in getting more computing power...

Why Modern Maps Put Everyone at the Centre of the World
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Why Modern Maps Put Everyone at the Centre of the World

Got truly and outstandingly lost recently? Enjoy the feeling while you can, for it's becoming an increasingly difficult task.

New Technology Maps Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the Street and Neighborhood Level
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New Technology Maps Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the Street and Neighborhood Level

One of the biggest problems with climate change is that, at least in the short term, it's largely invisible.

NASA's Ironman-Like Exoskeleton Could Give Astronauts, Paraplegics Improved Mobility and Strength
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NASA's Ironman-Like Exoskeleton Could Give Astronauts, Paraplegics Improved Mobility and Strength

Marvel Comics' fictional superhero, Ironman, uses a powered armor suit that allows him superhuman strength.

Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?
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Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?

The Mykonos Vase, discovered in 1961 in the Cyclades, is one of the earliest accounts of the Trojan Horse, used as a subterfuge by the Greeks to enter the city...

What Comes After the Touch Screen?
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What Comes After the Touch Screen?

In a few short years, the technologies found in today's mobile devices—touch screens, gyroscopes, and voice-control software, to name a few—have radically transformed...

What Are Grand Technology and Scientific Challenges for the 21st Century?
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What Are Grand Technology and Scientific Challenges for the 21st Century?

What are the next Big Things in science and technology? Teleportation? Unlimited clean Energy? The scientists and researchers at DARPA and the White House Office...

Bounce, Skid, Wobble: How Huygens Landed on Titan
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Bounce, Skid, Wobble: How Huygens Landed on Titan

The European Space Agency's Huygens probe, ferried to Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, bounced, slid and wobbled its way to rest in the 10 seconds...

The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation
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The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation

One of modern physics' most cherished ideas is quantum chromodynamics, the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, how it binds quarks and gluons into protons...

To This Agency, There's Only One Way to Operate: Precisely
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To This Agency, There's Only One Way to Operate: Precisely

David Wineland is the American half of the scientific duo celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics yesterday.

The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet on Quantum Computing
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The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet on Quantum Computing

Inside a blocky building in a Vancouver suburb, across the street from a dowdy McDonald's, is a place chilled colder than anywhere in the known universe.

A Nobel For Teasing Out the Secret Life of Atoms
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A Nobel For Teasing Out the Secret Life of Atoms

Two physicists who developed techniques to peer in on the most intimate relations between light and matter won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday.

Nsf-Ncsa Study Probes Relationship Between Industrial Applications and ­nderlying Science
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Nsf-Ncsa Study Probes Relationship Between Industrial Applications and ­nderlying Science

In an interview, U.S. NCSA director Merle Giles discusses the findings of a study to determine whether improvements in the science inside applications and other...

Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case
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Supreme Court Terminates Warrantless Electronic Spying Case

The Supreme Court closed a 6-year-old chapter Tuesday in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s bid to hold the nation’s telecoms liable for allegedly providing the...

Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines
From ACM Opinion

Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines

Ray Kurzweil is looking forward to the year 2029.
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