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Russia Blames Mars Probe Failure on Space Radiation

Russia blamed radiation on Tuesday for a computer glitch that doomed its Mars moon mission, but space industry experts cast doubt on the findings of an investigation...

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Apple Introduces ­S to the Wild World of Coded Magnets

Once in a while we're treated to a new Apple invention that virtually contains a new self-contained world of possibilities and vocabulary to enrich it.

Researchers Corral Chip Power-Performance Requirements
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Researchers Corral Chip Power-Performance Requirements

Researchers are exploring ways to improve the energy efficiency of microprocessor hardware and software as next-generation chips and languages grow even more power...

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Intel Sees Exabucks in Supercomputing's Future

Last Monday, Intel shelled out $125 million to buy Infiniband from Qlogic, a little-known maker of data-center networking switches and cards. At first blush, it...

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What If a Virus Infected a Virus? 'frankenware' Spotted By Security Firm

It does happen, says security firm BitDefender, and the result is more mutant than mutt.

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Companies Worry About Sec's Advice to Disclose Cyberthreats

Deluged by cyberattacks they've mostly hidden from the public, companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are being prodded by federal regulators to finally fess...

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Durable Nasa Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

Eight years after landing on Mars for what was planned as a three-month mission, NASA's enduring Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working on what essentially...

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Serious Flaw Emerges In Quantum Cryptography

The perfect secrecy offered by quantum mechanics appears to have been scuppered by a previously unknown practical problem, say physicists.

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The Mathematics of Taste

The design of aromas—the flavors of packaged food and drink and the scents of cleaning products, toiletries and other household items—is a multibillion-dollar business...

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10k Reasons to Worry About Critical Infrastructure

A security researcher was able to locate and map more than 10,000 industrial control systems hooked up to the public internet, including water and sewage plants...

Google Looks to Speed Up the Internet
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Google Looks to Speed Up the Internet

Google researchers want to overhaul the Internet's Transmission Control Protocol transport layer and have suggested ways to reduce latency.  

Next Generation of Supercomputers Requires Radical Redesign
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Next Generation of Supercomputers Requires Radical Redesign

The next generation of exascale supercomputers could complete one billion billion calculations per second, which would be 1,000 times faster than today's most powerful...

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Speed Limit For Birds

The northern goshawk is one of nature’s diehard thrill-seekers.

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Hewlett Packard Opens Doors to Its HP Labs ­.K. Research Base

The year is 2015, and in a government-owned data centre somewhere in southern England thousands of servers are humming away, hard at work keeping the country running...

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Strongest Solar Radiation Storm Since September 2005 Could Reach Earth Today

The sun erupted late on January 22, 2012 with an M8.7 class flare, an earth-directed coronal mass ejection, and a burst of fast moving, highly energetic protons...

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Sebastian Thrun Resigns from Stanford to Launch ­dacity

Professor Sebastian Thrun has given up his Stanford position to start Udacity—an online educational venture. Udacity's first two free courses are Building a Search...

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When Self-Driving Cars and the Real World Collide

Even as Google tests its small fleet of self-driving vehicles on California highways, legal scholars and government officials are warning that society has only...

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Sign Says What? Park at Your Peril

Writing is a craft whose basic purpose is to transmit meaning, but there are certain writers who seem to have different goals in mind: patent lawyers, many poets...

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Europe's Driverless Car (driver Still Required)

Tucked away in the basement of an iconic office tower shaped like four engine cylinders, engineer Werner Huber is telling me about the joy of driving.

Un Sets Stage For Blazing Fast Mobile Devices
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Un Sets Stage For Blazing Fast Mobile Devices

The United Nations has approved new standards for the IMT-advanced system, which should make the next generation of mobile technology 500 times faster than 3G smartphones...
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