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U.s. Panel Cites Risks in Chinese Equipment
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U.s. Panel Cites Risks in Chinese Equipment

In the latest development to highlight the sensitive terrain that the United States and China are navigating on economic issues, a House committee issued a blistering...

Quantum Manipulation and Measuring Win Nobel Prize in Physics
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Quantum Manipulation and Measuring Win Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland for experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual...

Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?
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Can We Trust the Code That Increasingly Runs Our Lives?

Imagine how different the first pictures sent from the Mars Rover would have been if there had been a software failure.

Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy
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Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy

Chances are there is a graphics chip in your desktop computer, and it is fuelling a revolution.

World's Fastest Radio Telescope Starts ­p in Australian Outback
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World's Fastest Radio Telescope Starts ­p in Australian Outback

In the remote Australian outback, scientists have launched the world's fastest radio telescope which will exponentially increase astronomers' ability to survey...

University of Minnesota Engineers Invent New Device That Could Increase Internet Download Speeds
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University of Minnesota Engineers Invent New Device That Could Increase Internet Download Speeds

A device that controls light could lead to faster Internet downloading speeds, more affordable Internet transmission costs, and lower power consumption.  

Why Trifacta Is Teaching Humans and Data to Work Together
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Why Trifacta Is Teaching Humans and Data to Work Together

Ask a group of data scientists the toughest part of their job, and many will probably tell you–it's not the math but the work required to turn raw data into something...

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil
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NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil

NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis.

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In Europe, Speed Cameras Meet Their Technological Match

When Marc Guerin, a software salesman, drives the 38 kilometers from his home west of Paris to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, he seeks out the fastest route...

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
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New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates

For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly.

Acoustic Cell-Sorting Chip May Lead to Cell Phone-Sized Medical Labs
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Acoustic Cell-Sorting Chip May Lead to Cell Phone-Sized Medical Labs

Researchers have created a device that uses acoustic waves to sort a continuous flow of cells on a chip, and they believe it could lead to more efficient and less...

DDoS Attacks on Major U.S. Banks Are No Stuxnet—Here's Why
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DDoS Attacks on Major U.S. Banks Are No Stuxnet—Here's Why

The attacks that recently disrupted website operations at Bank of America and at least five other major U.S. banks used compromised Web servers to flood their targets...

Nasa's Infrared Observatory Measures Expansion of Universe
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Nasa's Infrared Observatory Measures Expansion of Universe

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have announced the most precise measurement yet of the Hubble constant, or the rate at which our universe is stretching...

The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p
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The Real Tron: It Security As a Shoot 'em ­p

Alert to a sudden threat, you race down a virtual corridor of servers, hot on the tail of malicious software.

Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?
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Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?

Engineers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have the ultimate iPhone app.

The Cosmological Supercomputer
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The Cosmological Supercomputer

When it comes to reconstructing the past, you might think that astrophysicists have it easy. After all, the sky is awash with evidence,

Digital Agenda: EU-Funded Research to Make the 'Cloud' Greener
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Digital Agenda: EU-Funded Research to Make the 'Cloud' Greener

The Eurocloud project aims to develop a 3D microchip that can drastically cut the electricity and the installation costs of servers in cloud computing data centers...

Megadroid: 300,000 Androids Clustered Together to Study Network Havoc
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Megadroid: 300,000 Androids Clustered Together to Study Network Havoc

Anyone who builds an Android app knows that testing on real devices is important. But what if instead of testing on one device at a time, you could test 300,000...

New Android Malware App Turns Phone Into Surveillance Device
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New Android Malware App Turns Phone Into Surveillance Device

Mobile malware has largely been limited to Trojans buried inside a malicious app targeting sensitive data stored on the phone such as email, contact information...

U.s. Bank Website Hackers Used Advanced Botnets, Diverse Tools
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U.s. Bank Website Hackers Used Advanced Botnets, Diverse Tools

The hackers behind the cyber attacks on major U.S. banks have repeatedly disrupted online banking by using sophisticated and diverse tools that point to a carefully...
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