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Views You Can ­se? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment
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Views You Can ­se? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment

Are you influenced by the opinions of other people—say, in the comments sections of websites?

How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business
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How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business

Once upon a time seeing your life flash before your eyes was something people did their best to avoid. The arrival of Google Glass seems to have changed that.

Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost
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Coding For Brain Chips Gives Cognitive Computing Boost

It's a cognitive leap forward. IBM can now program an experimental chip they unveiled two years ago.

Exotic Optics: Metamaterial World
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Exotic Optics: Metamaterial World

Tom Driscoll would be happy if he never heard the phrase "Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak" again.

The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next
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The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next

If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool...

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email

Silent Circle shuttered its encrypted email service on Thursday, the second such closure in just a few hours in an apparent attempt to avoid government scrutiny...

Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer
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Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer

As computers have matured over time, the human brain has no way of keeping up with silicon's rapid-fire calculating abilities.

Bigshot Diy Camera Aims to Teach Kids Tech Basics
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Bigshot Diy Camera Aims to Teach Kids Tech Basics

Owners of Bigshot's device need to assemble its parts in a specific sequence to make it work. An online guide explains the science behind them.

Moore's Law Could Stay On Track with Extreme ­v Progress
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Moore's Law Could Stay On Track with Extreme ­v Progress

Long-awaited improvements in photolithography could pave the way for the continued shrinking and scaling of microprocessors into the second half of this decade...

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?
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If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter's moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA's Galileo...

A Videogame That Recruits Players to Map the Brain
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A Videogame That Recruits Players to Map the Brain

I'm no neuroscientist, and yet, here I am at my computer attempting to reconstruct a neural circuit of a mouse’s retina.

One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment
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One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment

For the Curiosity rover, it's just another day on Mars—but back on Earth, Tuesday was a day to look back at the $2.5 billion mission's first year, including a moment...

Emotion-Sniffing Is Next Trick Your Phone Is Learning
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Emotion-Sniffing Is Next Trick Your Phone Is Learning

Rice University scientists, working with Microsoft Research, have created something rather surprising—a long-term-mood detecting device that can ascertain a user's...

Helping the Deaf to 'See' and 'Feel' Sound
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Helping the Deaf to 'See' and 'Feel' Sound

Earlier this summer in a packed and freezing-cold auditorium in Doha, the all-female team of students from Qatar University burst into cheers and tears as theyINJAZ...

Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes
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Maths Quiz Helps Paralyzed People Talk With Their Eyes

Giving fully conscious but paralysed people hard sums to do might seem like adding insult to injury. But because such brain teasers make the pupils of the eyes...

Fledgling 3D Printing Industry Finds Home in Nyc
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Fledgling 3D Printing Industry Finds Home in Nyc

It looks like a bakery. A warm glow emanates from the windows of big, oven-like machines, and a dusting of white powder covers everything.

The Five Scariest Hacks We Saw Last Week
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The Five Scariest Hacks We Saw Last Week

If something can connect to a network, it can be hacked. Computers and phones are still popular targets, but increasingly so are cars, home security systems, TVs...

Curiosity Brings the Science: The Rover's Top 5 Mars Discoveries
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Curiosity Brings the Science: The Rover's Top 5 Mars Discoveries


Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps
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Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps

Scientists haven't yet found a way to mend a broken heart, but they're edging closer to manipulating memory and downloading instructions from a computer right into...

Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?
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Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?

David Holz took the main stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive, the annual innovation conference in Austin, Texas, looking like a hobbit on casual...
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