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Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks
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Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks

For seven years, a mini-fridge-sized instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft reliably investigated weather patterns swirling around Saturn; the hydrocarbon...

Keep It Simple: Bring Software Complexity ­nder Control
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Keep It Simple: Bring Software Complexity ­nder Control

European Union-funded researchers working on the DEPLOY project have developed an approach for building software systems that is safer, less expensive, and more...

Online Translation Breaks Language Barriers
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Online Translation Breaks Language Barriers

Free online translation services are improving thanks to better data and more sophisticated algorithms.  Google Translate currently has more than 200 million users...

Cybersleuths Try to Mine Newtown Killer Adam Lanza's Hard Drive
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Cybersleuths Try to Mine Newtown Killer Adam Lanza's Hard Drive

Some of the most important clues about what drove Adam Lanza to mass murder probably sit on the computer that the reclusive, technical-minded 20-year-old used as...

Computer Engineering: Feeling the Heat
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Computer Engineering: Feeling the Heat

A laptop computer can double as an effective portable knee-warmer—pleasant in a cold office.

Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language
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Learn English Online: How the Internet Is Changing Language

Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing.

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
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The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar
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Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?

Just the Facts
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Just the Facts

In repackaging other companies' news, some news aggregators are diverting readers and ad dollars, and, critics argue, undercutting the incentive to spend money...

Beyond Hadoop
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Beyond Hadoop

The leading open source system for processing big data continues to evolve, but new approaches with added features are on the rise.

Stopping the Leaks
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Stopping the Leaks

Side channels give out information that can be used to crack secrets, but researchers are identifying the holes and trying to close them.

A More Human Artificial Brain
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A More Human Artificial Brain

There are times when I wonder why so many scientists are spending so much time trying to recreate something as fickle and full of fogginess as the human brain.

Robotic Gadgets For Household Chores
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Robotic Gadgets For Household Chores

Joseph Schlesinger, an engineer living near Boston, thinks robotic toys are too expensive, the result of extravagant designs, expensive components and a poor understanding...

Real 'Touch' Screens and Tasteful Computers: IBM Predicts the Future
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Real 'Touch' Screens and Tasteful Computers: IBM Predicts the Future

What if a computer could let us "feel" the texture of a fabric before we buy clothes online? Or gives us a whiff—or even a taste—of a meal we're thinking of preparing...

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global
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How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and...

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation
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North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation

There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean Website: a piece of programming that must be included in each page's code.

Stretchable Electronics
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Stretchable Electronics

University of Delaware researchers are developing power sources for flexible, stretchable electronics, which could find applications in biomedical, wearable, portable...

Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars
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Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars

When the Israeli army and Hamas trade virtual blows in cyberspace, or when hacker groups like Anonymous rise from the digital ether, or when WikiLeaks dumps a trove...

There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It
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There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It

The world is producing and storing data at such a rate that the day isn't far off when we will literally no longer have a proper way of describing it.
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