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The Most Amazing Map You'll See Today (no Matter What Day It Is)
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The Most Amazing Map You'll See Today (no Matter What Day It Is)

There are many way to celebrate your 70th birthday.

A New Method that Is 700 Times Faster Than the Norm Is Developed to Magnify Digital Images
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A New Method that Is 700 Times Faster Than the Norm Is Developed to Magnify Digital Images

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can magnify images 700 times faster than conventional methods. 

Sandia Hosts Annual Robot Rodeo
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Sandia Hosts Annual Robot Rodeo

The Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise draws bomb squad teams to see who can most effectively use robots to defuse dangerous situations. 

Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes
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Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes

A system which uses giant holograms to help medical students master their subject has been pioneered by two London-based junior doctors.

Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders
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Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders

When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter, or a similar Silicon Valley concern...

What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like
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What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

It is the rare entrepreneur who hits it truly big twice. Those who do—such as Ev Williams, Ted Turner, and Elon Musk—tend to stay within the original industry that...

Seeing the Human Pulse
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Seeing the Human Pulse

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new algorithm that can accurately measure the heart rates of people...

Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet
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Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet

In his young career, Jeffrey Hammerbacher has been a scout on the frontiers of the data economy.

Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains
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Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains

Nvidia, trying to move its graphics chips into the supercomputing market, has found a niche helping engineers build brain-like systems called neural networks.

Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure
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Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure

In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information...

Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover
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Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great...

3D Printing Powered By Thought
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3D Printing Powered By Thought

It's definitely not a bird. Nor is it a plane. The garish orange piece of plastic, small enough to hold in the palm of a hand, could pass for a missing limb of...

The Secret War
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The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.

Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge
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Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.

Drones in Science: Fly, and Bring Me Data
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Drones in Science: Fly, and Bring Me Data

The Tempest—wingspan 3.2 metres, cruising speed 75 knots—was designed to fly into severe storms.

Europe Says Farewell to Prolific Herschel Space Telescope
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Europe Says Farewell to Prolific Herschel Space Telescope


3d Printer Brings Dexterity to Children With No Fingers
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3d Printer Brings Dexterity to Children With No Fingers

Richard Van As was working in his home near Johannesburg, South Africa, in May of 2011, when he lost control of his table saw.

Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound
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Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound

Bats, dolphins, and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone's chirp could soon let...

GPS Maps Reveal Where Cats Go All Day
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GPS Maps Reveal Where Cats Go All Day

The mysterious comings and goings of our feline friends just got a little less mysterious. Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College loaded a group of cats in...

Phones Leave a Telltale Trail
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Phones Leave a Telltale Trail

The April robbery at the Cartier store in Chevy Chase, Md., was brazen and quick.
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