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Crypto Experts Issue a Call to Arms to Avert the Cryptopocalypse
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Crypto Experts Issue a Call to Arms to Avert the Cryptopocalypse

At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, a quartet of researchers, Alex Stamos, Tom Ritter, Thomas Ptacek, and Javed Samuel, implored everyone involved...

Nasa's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars
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Nasa's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars this week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life.

Fbi Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects
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Fbi Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects

Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, bringing the criminal...

The Future of Graphics and Gaming
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The Future of Graphics and Gaming

See the best new ideas in computer graphics and interaction from last week’s Siggraph conference.

Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute
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Light Completely Stopped for a Record-breaking Minute

The fastest thing in the universe has come to a complete stop for a record-breaking minute. At full pelt, light would travel about 18 million kilometres in that...

Throwing a Lifeline to Scientists Drowning in Data
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Throwing a Lifeline to Scientists Drowning in Data

Researchers say they have developed computational techniques that could help scientists manage massive amounts of data. 

Genetic 'adam' and 'eve' ­ncovered
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Genetic 'adam' and 'eve' ­ncovered

Almost every man alive can trace his origins to one man who lived about 135,000 years ago, new research suggests. And that ancient man likely shared the planet...

NSA Announces Winner of Its First Annual 'Science of Security Competition'
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NSA Announces Winner of Its First Annual 'Science of Security Competition'

A research paper that was highlighted last year at an international symposium is the winner of the National Security Agency's first annual Science of Security (SoS)...

As Machines Get Smarter, Evidence They Learn Like US
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As Machines Get Smarter, Evidence They Learn Like US

The brain performs its canonical task—learning—by tweaking its myriad connections according to a secret set of rules.

Testing the Future: Astronaut in Space Remote-Controls Robot in California
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Testing the Future: Astronaut in Space Remote-Controls Robot in California

On a pebbled field built next to a parking lot, a small rover scoots forward and expels a long sheet of polyimide plastic from its backside, the third film the...

The Bell Labs of Quantum Computing
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The Bell Labs of Quantum Computing

Raymond Laflamme can't yet sell you a quantum computer. But he'll sell you a $13,000 logic board for measuring entangled photons.

Government Can Grab Cell Phone Location Records Without Warrant, Appeals Court Says
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Government Can Grab Cell Phone Location Records Without Warrant, Appeals Court Says

In a major victory for the Justice Department over privacy advocates, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that government agencies can collect records showing...

Apps That Know What You Want, Before You Do
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Apps That Know What You Want, Before You Do

In Hollywood, there are umbrella holders. Outside corner offices, there are people who know exactly how much cream to pour in the boss's coffee. In British castles...

Zeroing In on ­nbreakable Computer Security
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Zeroing In on ­nbreakable Computer Security

The news out of Moscow of late has been dominated by Edward Snowden, the American leaker of secret state documents who is currently seeking temporary asylum in...

Rethinking How We Watch Tv
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Rethinking How We Watch Tv

To understand how much television could soon change, it helps to visit an Intel Corp. division here that runs like a startup.

How a Satellite Called Syncom Changed the World
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How a Satellite Called Syncom Changed the World

In the fall of 1957, the Soviet Union's newly launched Sputnik satellite would regularly streak across the Los Angeles sky, a bright dot in the black night.

Could the Government Get a Search Warrant For Your Thoughts?
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Could the Government Get a Search Warrant For Your Thoughts?

We don't have a mind reading machine.

I'm Still Waiting For My Phone to Become My Wallet
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I'm Still Waiting For My Phone to Become My Wallet

During the sweltering heat wave earlier this month, it seemed too hot to wear much, carry much or do much of anything at all.

Software Experts Attack Cars, to Release Code As Hackers Meet
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Software Experts Attack Cars, to Release Code As Hackers Meet

Car hacking is not a new field, but its secrets have long been closely guarded.

Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists
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Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists

Twelve years later, the cranes and earthmovers around the National Security Agency are still at work, tearing up pavement and uprooting trees to make room for a...
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