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What Geography Can Teach ­S About Basketball
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What Geography Can Teach ­S About Basketball

The annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, created in 2006, has become something like Bonnaroo for sports nerds. And if there was a breakout star at this year's...

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Hackers Vie For More Than $1 Million to Take Down Browsers

As alleged hackers from LulzSec and Anonymous contemplate the possibility of a life behind bars, other hackers are limbering up in Canada this week to vie for more...

Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness
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Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness

Federal prosecutors brought charges against a group of men allegedly behind "LulzSec"—a globe-spanning collective of computer hackers who wreaked havoc on companies...

The Bright Side of Being Hacked
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The Bright Side of Being Hacked

Hackers operating under the banner Anonymous have been poking a finger in the eye of one private company after another for two years now.  

Stuxnet: Computer Worm Opens New Era of Warfare
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Stuxnet: Computer Worm Opens New Era of Warfare

For the past few months now, the nation's top military, intelligence and law enforcement officials have been warning Congress and the country about a coming cyberattack...

Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband
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Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband

The most important element of the Army's effort to modernize itself doesn't shoot. You can't ride in it. You can't wear it for protection against homemade bombs...

Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure
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Why the Security Industry Never Actually Makes ­s Secure

Every year, security vendors gather at the RSA conference here to reaffirm their commitment to fencing out hackers and keeping data safe. And every year, corporate...

Behold the Cheetah Robot. The Singularity Is Nigh!
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Behold the Cheetah Robot. The Singularity Is Nigh!

Big defense budgets during the aughts financed the deployment of thousands of robots, including unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles, to Iraq and Afghanistan...

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network
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The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful.

Stroustrup Reveals What's New in C++ 11
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Stroustrup Reveals What's New in C++ 11

Texas A&M University professor Bjarne Stroustrup recently spoke with InfoWorld's Paul Krill about the past, present, and future of C++, which was recently upgraded...

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Automated Stress Testing for Web 2.0 Applications Helps Web Developers Find Programming Errors

Saarland University researchers are developing methods for automating and systematically testing Web applications for malfunctions and security vulnerabilities....

For Impatient Web Users, an Eye Blink Is Just Too Long to Wait
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For Impatient Web Users, an Eye Blink Is Just Too Long to Wait

Wait a second. No, that's too long.

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Science: Too Many Connections Weakens Networks

University of California, Davis researchers have found that when it comes to linking together networks or other systems, it is best to have many, but not too many...

Ibm's Molecular Images May Help Nanoscale Circuits
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Ibm's Molecular Images May Help Nanoscale Circuits

IBM researchers have succeeded in imaging how charge is distributed inside a single molecule, a breakthrough that could lead to nanometer-scale circuits.  

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Penn Researchers Build First Physical "metatronic" Circuit

University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated "lumped" optical circuit elements, which they say represents a milestone in the field of metatronics.  

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IBM Touts Quantum Computing Breakthrough

IBM scientists say they achieved a major advance in quantum computing that will enable engineers to start creating a full-scale quantum computer.  

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DARPA Warns: Your Iphone Is a Military Threat

There’s a growing threat to the U.S. military, according to the Pentagon's premier research wing. No, it's not Iran’s nukes or China's missiles. It's the iPads,...

Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet
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Defense Department Wants More Control Over the Internet

The U.S. Department of Defense may have funded the research that led to the Internet, but freewheeling innovation created the patchwork of privately owned technology...

Tiny 3D Chips
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Tiny 3D Chips

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are small devices with huge potential. Typically made of components less than 100 microns in size—the diameter of a human...

Leap Year Blamed For Hicaps Stumble
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Leap Year Blamed For Hicaps Stumble

Today's extra day in February has caused the payment system used by the health industry to crash, preventing 150,000 customers from using private health care cards...
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