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Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks
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Cyber Search Engine Shodan Exposes Industrial Control Systems to New Risks

It began as a hobby for a ­teenage computer programmer named John Matherly, who wondered how much he could learn about devices linked to the Internet.

Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One
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Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs To No One

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the reason you're reading this story in a web browser, complete with hypertext like this and an internet address that looks like this: ...

Bionic Brains and Beyond
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Bionic Brains and Beyond

The National Spelling Bee of 2023 started out like any other, but controversy enveloped the contest when Suzy Hamilton, an 8-year-old from Tulsa, emerged as the...

Touchscreens Learn Your Habits to Help You Type Faster
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Touchscreens Learn Your Habits to Help You Type Faster

Personalized keyboards could help improve typing speeds or reduce mistakes when typing and walking, according to the University of Maryland's Leah Findlater and...

Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China
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Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China

Anyone who has ever written in Chinese on a computer, or composed a text message on their phone in that language, knows the typing process is not nearly as simple...

System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras
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System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras

MIT researchers have developed a system that can analyze several surveillance cameras more accurately and in less time than it would take a human operator.  

Prophets of Zoom
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Prophets of Zoom

Deep-zooming software, known as zoomable user interfaces, enable information such as text, images, and video to sit on a single, limitless surface that can be viewed...

Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare
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Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare

Sitting in the front row for the first full day of the International Conference on Cyber Conflict was one of the industry’s foremost "rock star" researchers, ...

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky
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Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort...

Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'
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Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a "back door" in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft, such as the Boeing 787, that could allow the chip...

Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table
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Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table

At St Mary's Hospital in London, surgeon Aimee Di Marco is about to cut up a body.

Training Cells to Perform Boolean Functions? It's Logical
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Training Cells to Perform Boolean Functions? It's Logical

Johns Hopkins University researchers have engineered cells that behave like AND and OR Boolean logic gates, producing an output based on one or more unique inputs...

Psc Provides Direct Link From Galaxy to the Xsede Backbone
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Psc Provides Direct Link From Galaxy to the Xsede Backbone

Three Rivers Optical Exchange has established a high-bandwidth link from a Penn State bioinformatics program to the network backbone of the U.S. National Science...

Idf Admits to Using Cyber Space to Attack Enemies
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Idf Admits to Using Cyber Space to Attack Enemies

The IDF uses cyber space to gather intelligence, attack enemies, and conduct various military operations, the military revealed on Sunday in a posting on its official...

Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft
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Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft

When the Kinect was introduced in November 2010 as a $150 motion-control add-on to Microsoft's Xbox consoles, it drew attention from more than just video-gamers...

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Iran: 'flame' Virus Fight Began with Oil Attack

Computer technicians battling to contain a complex virus last month resorted to the ultimate firewall measures—cutting off Internet links to Iran’s Oil Ministry...

S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer
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S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer

A microchip developed in Singapore can transmit data 1,000 times faster than Bluetooth. 

With Goal-Line Tech, Soccer Tries Kicking Its Addiction to Human Error
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With Goal-Line Tech, Soccer Tries Kicking Its Addiction to Human Error

Saturday's high-profile match between England and Belgium is the biggest test yet for a system that may finally put an end to flubbed goal-line calls, a technological...

A Dive Into the Digital Deep
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A Dive Into the Digital Deep

When next winter's storms subside, a specialized ship will begin a slow crossing, lowering a skinny cable into its wake along a precisely prescribed path: the shortest...

'part-Time' Scientists Aim to Develop Autonomous Rover to Compete For Lunar X Prize
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'part-Time' Scientists Aim to Develop Autonomous Rover to Compete For Lunar X Prize

Some people try to make the most of their spare time by exercising, volunteering, or simply recharging their batteries. Others like to use that time to build robots...
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