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Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center
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Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center

Jason Mars is a rarity. He's an outsider with regular access to Google's data centers.

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin
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The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

Given that Bitcoin first broke into mainstream attention when Gawker explained how to use it to buy drugs, perhaps the surprise is that it took federal regulators...

Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say
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Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say

Science fiction is quickly taking a back seat to science fact. Just look at a new report by the country's leading roboticists.

MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You
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MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You

Oh, IKEA. Your modern and affordable Scandinavian-inspired furniture is full of such promise.

New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os
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New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os

For the past few years, Sundar Pichai has been part of a tag-team routine staged at Google's annual I/O developer conference.

Touching the Future: Artificial Skin Isn't Sci-Fi
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Touching the Future: Artificial Skin Isn't Sci-Fi

A whisper-thin new pressure sensor could be a step toward creating artificial skin that is able to actually feel.

Landlords Double as Energy Brokers
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Landlords Double as Energy Brokers

The trophy high-rises on Madison, Park, and Fifth Avenues in Manhattan have long commanded the top prices in the country for commercial real estate, with yearly...

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink
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The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink

The Web browser you're probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering.

Neuroprosthetics: Once More, With Feeling
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Neuroprosthetics: Once More, With Feeling

Sitting motionless in her wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down by a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson seems to take no notice of the cable rising from the top of her...

Amherst Prof Devises First Head-to-Head Speed Test With Conventional Computing, and the Quantum Computer Wins
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Amherst Prof Devises First Head-to-Head Speed Test With Conventional Computing, and the Quantum Computer Wins

An Amherst College researcher recently tested the speed of a quantum computing system against conventional computing methods. 

A Hack-Proof Internet Exists, Thanks to Quantum Physics
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A Hack-Proof Internet Exists, Thanks to Quantum Physics

Leave it to the quantum physicists at Los Alamos National Labs to have run for the past two years something that sounded like science fiction: a quantum Internet...

Inside the Drone Economy
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Inside the Drone Economy

Last month the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the unmanned systems industry's largest trade organization, released its first economic study...

Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths
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Better Origami ­sing Nature and Maths

Paper folding isn’t just an art, it can help fit everything on spacecraft from solar panels to telescope mirrors.

Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future
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Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future

It was a high-tech speed-dating session, Silicon Valley-style: I would sit in the storied memorabilia-laden Room 2306 in the bowels of PARC, the former Xerox research...

What to Expect When Elevators and Toys Start Phoning Home
From ACM News

What to Expect When Elevators and Toys Start Phoning Home

Your next elevator pitch might actually come from data derived from your elevator.

U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback
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U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback

Even as the U.S. government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage, it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Israel's Main Infrastructure Control System
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Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Israel's Main Infrastructure Control System

The Syrian Electronic Army launched a successful cyberattack on the main infrastructure system of Haifa, one of the most important ports in Israel, disrupting the...

A Quantum Computer Aces Its Test
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A Quantum Computer Aces Its Test

The long-sought quantum computer, a machine potentially far ahead of today's best supercomputers, is almost as hard to define as it is to build.

Big Data from Cheap Phones
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Big Data from Cheap Phones

At a computer in her office at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, epidemiologist Caroline Buckee points to a dot on a map of Kenya's western highlands...

China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q
From ACM News

China's Cyberspies Outwit Model For Bond's Q

Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye-popping product line.
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