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The Creepy, Long-Standing Practice of Undersea Cable Tapping
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The Creepy, Long-Standing Practice of Undersea Cable Tapping

In the early 1970s, the U.S. government learned that an undersea cable ran parallel to the Kuril Islands off the eastern coast of Russia, providing a vital communications...

How Scientists Search For Habitable Planets
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How Scientists Search For Habitable Planets

There is only one planet we know of, so far, that is drenched with life.

Who Scores Games By Hand Anymore?
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Who Scores Games By Hand Anymore?

The first thing Bruce Levy did upon recent entry into Yankee Stadium while accompanied by his in-laws and teenage son was to purchase a program in the area of the...

What Is Graphene? Here's What You Need to Know About a Material that Could Be the Next Silicon
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What Is Graphene? Here's What You Need to Know About a Material that Could Be the Next Silicon

Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance continue to grow, is everywhere in the research...

Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving
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Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving

The latest drive by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover brought the total distance that the rover has driven on Mars to more than 1 kilometer (about 0.62 mile).

The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog
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The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog

Our world is ruled by 1s and 0s.

Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language
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Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it's...

Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics
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Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics

"It's extraordinary that we live in this day and age with all our wonderful modern technology, and still we have shoes that give us blisters," says Hugh Herr, with...

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell
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Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell

Like dozens of other brick-and-mortar retailers,Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers—how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors—the...

Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter
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Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter

The Canadian AeroVelo team has done what many thought impossible.

Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start
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Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start

Imagine a camera that allows you to see through a crowd to get a clear view of someone who would otherwise be obscured, a smartphone that matches big-budget lenses...

Researchers Find Bug Bounty Programs Pay Economic Rewards
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Researchers Find Bug Bounty Programs Pay Economic Rewards

Bug bounty programs can be as much as 100 times more cost-effective for finding security vulnerabilities than hiring full-time security researchers to do the same...

Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of 'robo Sapiens'
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Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of 'robo Sapiens'

Moving its hands as if it were dealing cards and walking with a bit of a swagger, a Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its first public appearance...

Graphene May Give US Cooler, Longer-Lasting Computers
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Graphene May Give US Cooler, Longer-Lasting Computers

Cooling is an important and tricky part of modern computing—you don't want those ever-more-functional processors overheating, but you also don't want the cooling...

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation
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Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

The way we use digital devices has become big news.

Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser
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Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacspacecraft communications, enhance commercial...

Kremlin Returns to Typewriters to Avoid Computer Leaks
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Kremlin Returns to Typewriters to Avoid Computer Leaks

A source at Russia's Federal Guard Service, which is in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications and protecting President Vladimir Putin, claimed that the...

Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers
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Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers

The Internet of Things is the imagined network of data links that will emerge when everyday objects are fitted with tiny identifying devices.

In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal
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In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

Q. How is Big Data being used more in the leadership and management field? 

Parts Installed 'upside Down' Caused Russian Rocket to Explode Last Week
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Parts Installed 'upside Down' Caused Russian Rocket to Explode Last Week

While America was looking forward to the July 4 holiday, the Russian space program was busy putting the final touches on its latest rocket launch.
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