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Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims
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Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims

Tor, a service that helps cautious Internet users stay anonymous online, is facing increased scrutiny and potentially new attacks as the global debate on surveillance...

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI
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Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI

Luis von Ahn has heard it all before.

Research Brings ­nbreakable Phones One Step Closer
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Research Brings ­nbreakable Phones One Step Closer

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to transfer electronics with versatile functionality onto a flexible surface. RMIT's...

Mozilla Developing Geolocation Data Service For Public ­se
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Mozilla Developing Geolocation Data Service For Public ­se

Mozilla plans to offer developers a more privacy-aware geolocation service using cell towers and Wi-Fi signals.

Surgical Simulations You Can Bet On
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Surgical Simulations You Can Bet On

University of Texas at Austin researchers are working with Texas Advanced Computing Center supercomputers to facilitate prospective planning for near-term surgeries...

100 Percent of an Image Is Restored Using a Reduced Version of the Original
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100 Percent of an Image Is Restored Using a Reduced Version of the Original

University of Navarre researchers have developed algorithms to reduce and optimize images. Using a reduced image with between 1 and 10 percent of the original...

'feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology
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'feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology

Touch technology has come a long way in the last decade.

Raising Money the Old-Fashioned Way
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Raising Money the Old-Fashioned Way

Technology initiatives have long depended on deep-pocketed governments and venture capital firms. But the growth of online crowdfunding sites is inspiring project...

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators
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Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

In a chilling episode of "Homeland" last year, a terrorist killed the vice president with a fiendishly clever weapon: a remote-control device that attacked the...

Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles
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Germany Wants a German Internet as Spying Scandal Rankles

As a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations, state-backed Deutsche Telekom wants German communications companies to cooperate...

Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?
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Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?

It seems the cruellest and most unnecessary of deaths—to be crushed in the midst of a crowd.

Why Google's Rapid Growth Means Faster Search
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Why Google's Rapid Growth Means Faster Search

USC has released a study showing that Google search has greatly expanded and increased in speed over the past 10 months. Google search has increased by about 600...

Sharing the Power of the Crowd
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Sharing the Power of the Crowd

Three years ago, McGill University researchers launched Phylo, an online puzzle game with more than 300,000 users worldwide that helped with genomic research....

Angry Birds – The Rise of the Machines
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Angry Birds – The Rise of the Machines

A research team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology won an international artificial intelligence contest at a recent conference with software that replicates...

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

Killer Apps That Could Keep You Healthy
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Killer Apps That Could Keep You Healthy

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently hosted a competition in which graduate students designed two mobile apps, called FoodFeed and FL•U, to fight...

Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks
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Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks

The shape of a person's social network is a powerful signal that can identify one's spouse or romantic partner, according to Cornell University's Jon Kleinberg...

Cassini Swings Above Saturn to Compose a Portrait
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Cassini Swings Above Saturn to Compose a Portrait

It's a view as good as gold. A loop high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings.

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."
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