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Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and DEF CON
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Meet Dark Tangent, the Hacker Behind Black Hat and DEF CON

The word "hacker" evokes all kinds of scary images. But Jeff Moss says hackers are exactly what the world needs more of, because they can make the Internet safer...

David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of IBM's Watson Project
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David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of IBM's Watson Project

How do you improve on a computer that beat the world's best Jeopardy! players? Have Watson team up with humanity.

A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers
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A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers

On the deck of an aircraft carrier, where up to 60 aircraft are crammed into 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares), real estate is at a premium. While aircraft directors wave...

Why Math Works
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Why Math Works

Most of us take it for granted that math works—that scientists can devise formulas to describe subatomic events or that engineers can calculate paths for space­craft...

Can Microsoft Make You 'Bing'?
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Can Microsoft Make You 'Bing'?

Mike Nichols has a poster on his office wall. It shows the young Muhammad Ali glaring down at a fallen Sonny Liston, the bruising heavyweight who had seemed invincible...

Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can
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Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can

Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded—even when users block...

Here's How U.S. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics
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Here's How U.S. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics

Iarpa, the intelligence community’s way-out research shop, wants to know where you took that vacation picture over the Fourth of July. It wants to know where...

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Experts Complacent About Communication Network Attacks

Industry experts could be underestimating the vulnerability of the Internet due to physical attacks to telecommunications infrastructure, according to a recent...

Face-ID Tools Pose New Risk
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Face-ID Tools Pose New Risk

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers are studying how facial-recognition tools can be detrimental to privacy. In a recent test, the researchers were...

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Us. And Them.

Someone types a command into a laptop, and Actroid-DER jerks upright with a shudder and a wheeze. Compressed air flows beneath silicone skin, triggering actuators...

Someday Your Brain Could Brake for You
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Someday Your Brain Could Brake for You

Many high-end cars today come equipped with brake assist systems, which help a driver use the brakes correctly depending on particular conditions in an emergency...

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Document: FBI Surveillance Geeks Fear, Love New Gadgets

Can't wait for 4G to become the ubiquitous standard for mobile communication? On the edge of your seat for the unveiling of Microsoft's secret Menlo Project and...

Quantum Computing Claims Produce Uncertainty
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Quantum Computing Claims Produce Uncertainty

A Canadian company developing a quantum computer made news in May when it sold a system to defense manufacturer Lockheed-Martin for $10 million, though skeptics...

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling toward its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial...

What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?
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What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?

Every week it seems there are reports about U.S. drones—unmanned, remote-controlled aerial vehicles—tracking down suspected terrorists in remote, unreachable...

Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?
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Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?

Research at the University of Oxford is playing a key role in the development of revolutionary insect-sized vehicles with micro-cameras, suitable for different...

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Progress Hits Snag: Tiny Chips Use Outsize Power

A research team recently presented a paper at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture that highlights the problem of developing smaller, more densely...

Santa Clara University Math Scholar Fights Crime with Mad Math Skills
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Santa Clara University Math Scholar Fights Crime with Mad Math Skills

George Mohler is a crime-fighting, math professor superhero—not that he'd ever call himself that.

'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake
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'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake

Super-stealthy submarines may one day glide through the water without creating a wake, if a plan to channel fluid intelligently around objects can be made to...

Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells
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Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells

Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers...
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