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Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over
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Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over

 At 7:22:07 p.m. on a recent Thursday, an electronic alarm went off in the soundproof control room of a suburban office building here.

Project Finds, Purges Vulnerable Code Snippets From the Net
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Project Finds, Purges Vulnerable Code Snippets From the Net

Digital Security has launched the Eliminate Vulnerable Code project, an initiative designed to eliminate insecure code.  

Meet 'flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers
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Meet 'flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers


Jonathan Ive: Simplicity Isn't Simple
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Jonathan Ive: Simplicity Isn't Simple

"Design is a word that's come to mean so much that it's also a word that has come to mean nothing. We don't really talk about design, we talk about developing ideas...

Supercomputer to Connect to 400pb of Storage via Ethernet
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Supercomputer to Connect to 400pb of Storage via Ethernet

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications recently launched a storage infrastructure initiative designed to support the Blue Waters supercomputer, which...

Dark Shadows on Mars: Scene from Durable Nasa Rover
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Dark Shadows on Mars: Scene from Durable Nasa Rover

Like a tourist waiting for just the right lighting to snap a favorite shot during a stay at the Grand Canyon, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has used...

Telerobotics Offers Third Way For Space Exploration
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Telerobotics Offers Third Way For Space Exploration

Space exploration may have a new direction. In the 1960s, humans did the exploring but since the last moon landing in 1972, NASA's only explorers beyond low Earth...

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Browser Choice: A Thing of the Past?

Like to pick your browser? Beware, because new mobile devices threaten to stifle the competitive vigor of the market for Web browsers on PCs.

Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks
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Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks

A new method developed by researchers from North Carolina State University promises to improve the quality and efficiency of data transmission in mobile ad hoc...

An Influential Theoretician
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An Influential Theoretician

Sanjeev Arora, winner of the 2011 ACM-Infosys Award, discusses his pivotal role in theoretical computer science.

Game Changer
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Game Changer

Judea Pearl's passionate advocacy of the importance of probability and causality helped revolutionize artificial intelligence.

Data Mining Meets City Hall
From Communications of the ACM

Data Mining Meets City Hall

Local and national governments are turning to open data to cut their costs, increase transparency and efficiency, and respond to the needs of citizens.

Analyzing Medical Data
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Analyzing Medical Data

Electronic patient records contain a treasure trove of data, and researchers are using natural language processing technology to mine the structured data and free...

Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash
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Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash

Hopes that a new breed of commercial drones can be easily integrated into civilian airspace have been dashed after it was revealed that the loss of the technology...

Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture
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Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture

Photos taken of snowfall and posted online could help fill holes in satellite weather data caused by cloud cover, says Indiana University Ph.D. student Haipeng...

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In Cuba, Mystery Shrouds Fate of Internet Cable

It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba's Internet isolation...

Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound
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Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward.

University of Nevada, Reno Scientists Design Low-Cost Indoor Navigation System For Blind
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University of Nevada, Reno Scientists Design Low-Cost Indoor Navigation System For Blind

University of Nevada, Reno researchers have developed Navatar, an indoor navigation system for people with visual impairments.  

'Adaptive Radio': The Next Big Thing in Wireless?
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'Adaptive Radio': The Next Big Thing in Wireless?

James Collier is loping in a broad circle on the Midsummer Common in Cambridge, England, holding aloft a two-foot fiberglass antenna.

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.
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