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Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals
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Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals

Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These infections can clog...

Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet
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Remembering Jon Postel—and the Day He Hijacked the Internet

One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet.

Who Controls the Internet?
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Who Controls the Internet?

Have you ever noticed that wherever you are in the world, every telephone keypad looks the same? Or wondered why satellites don't crash into each other? Or why...

Making a Layer Cake With Atomic Precision
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Making a Layer Cake With Atomic Precision

University of Manchester researchers have shown that graphene and other one-atom-thick crystals could be used in a wide range of new materials and electronic devices...

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna
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Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna

Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Report Sees Decline in Voting Glitches ... but Vote-By-Mail Sparks Concern
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Report Sees Decline in Voting Glitches ... but Vote-By-Mail Sparks Concern

The good news about voting technologyis that the upgrades put into place since the controversial 2000 presidential election have made ballot tallies twice as accurate...

Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms
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Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms

Craig Venter imagines a future where you can download software, print a vaccine, inject it, and presto! Contagion averted.

Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments
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Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments

The familiar whistle of a smartphone notification told me that Paco was hungry.

What's Baking on Titan?
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What's Baking on Titan?

Radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal some new curiosities on the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan, including a nearly circular feature that...

Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care
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Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care

Everyone agrees health care in the United States is a colossal mess, and IBM is betting that artificially intelligent supercomputers are just what the doctor ordered...

The Future, as Imagined by Google
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The Future, as Imagined by Google

In Eric E. Schmidt's future, his life will be a lot easier.

Why Is This Man Running For President of the Internet?
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Why Is This Man Running For President of the Internet?

It's an unseasonably cold early October evening in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is giving his elevator pitch to a flustered but rapt...

Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm
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Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology—the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets—may be denied...

Ever Wondered What a Live Botnet Looks Like?
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Ever Wondered What a Live Botnet Looks Like?

The idea of a network of malware-infected zombie computers rigged to do the bidding of criminals conjures up a frightening image on its own. A new visualization...

Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
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Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote

Strategists affiliated with the Obama and Romney campaigns say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined...

How I Accidentally Helped Compromise the Secret Keys of High-Security Handcuffs
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How I Accidentally Helped Compromise the Secret Keys of High-Security Handcuffs

In the age of freely available modeling software, laser cutters and 3D printers, shapes that must stay secret for security's sake don't stay secret for long. Especially...

Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.
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Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.

In the years to come, a top group of military scientists believe, the Pentagon may be able to use genomics and bio-markers to spot when a soldier is about to snap...

Leon Panetta on Cybersecurity: D.C. Action Needed
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Leon Panetta on Cybersecurity: D.C. Action Needed

While Joe Biden and Paul Ryan were duking it out last Thursday night over U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was warning...

Precision Espionage Miniflame Malware Tied to Flame, Gauss
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Precision Espionage Miniflame Malware Tied to Flame, Gauss

One of three previously unseen pieces of malware discovered during forensic analysis of the Flame malware command-and-control servers has been identified as a secondary...

Moore's Law: The Rule That Really Matters in Tech
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Moore's Law: The Rule That Really Matters in Tech

Moore's Law has sustained its momentum despite worries of it hitting its physical limits, thanks to materials scientists' progress in getting more computing power...
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