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Academics to 'embrace Wikipedia'

Students and academics at a world-leading London university want to build bridges between the Wikipedia website and formal research.

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Browser Wars: Mozilla's Firefox Challenges Microsoft's IE, Google's Chrome

The Internet browser wars are back. Mozilla released its long-awaited Firefox 4 browser Tuesday, a critical moment for the upstart that first challenged mighty...

The Drive Toward Hydrogen Vehicles Just Got Shorter
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The Drive Toward Hydrogen Vehicles Just Got Shorter

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Alabama have revealed a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound...

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Google Funds Georgia Tech Internet Transparency Research

A team of Georgia Tech researchers will use a $1 million Google Research Focused Award to conduct research on Internet transparency.

At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted
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At&t, T-Mobile Merger Blasted

A day after AT&T announced it would buy T-Mobile USA to create the biggest wireless carrier in the country, consumer advocates and some members of Congress blasted...

Japan
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Japan

After more than than a week of gathering anecdotal reports about shortages here and there, the research firm IHS iSuppli has concluded that 25 percent of the...

Itu Worries Over Declining Female Presence in Ict
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Itu Worries Over Declining Female Presence in Ict

The International Telecommunication Union commemorated the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day by addressing the declining presence of women in the information...

British Computer Scientists Reboot
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British Computer Scientists Reboot

After a year of turmoil, computer scientists at King's College London have retained their jobs, but substantial challenges lie ahead.

Social Games, Virtual Goods
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Social Games, Virtual Goods

The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.

Security Firm Is Vague on Its Compromised Devices
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Security Firm Is Vague on Its Compromised Devices

More than a day after RSA security posted an "urgent" alert warning that a sophisticated intruder might be able to initiate a "broad attack" on a password device...

Nasa's Messenger Spacecraft Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury
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Nasa's Messenger Spacecraft Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft successfully achieved orbit around Mercury at approximately 9 p.m. EDT Thursday. This marks the first time a spacecraft has accomplished...

Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!
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Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!

What does Japan's earthquake mean for GPS? Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake was so powerful that it actually widened Japan. While parts of the country barely...

'we Need to See Ahead'
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'we Need to See Ahead'

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano emphasized the importance of science and technology research as a means of keeping the nation safe in an...

Japan Disaster Recovery Efforts Get Help From Satellites
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Japan Disaster Recovery Efforts Get Help From Satellites

In the aftermath of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, satellite maps have been a vital part of search and rescue efforts by providing clear pictures...

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Quake Moved Japan Closer to U.S. and Altered Earth's Spin

The magnitude-8.9 earthquake that struck northern Japan on Friday not only violently shook the ground and generated a devastating tsunami, it also moved the coastline...

Planetary Exploration 2013
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Planetary Exploration 2013

On Monday March 7th, NASA and NSF received the results of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which recommended planetary exploration priorities to NASA and...

A Declaration of Cyber-War
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A Declaration of Cyber-War

All over Europe, smartphones rang in the middle of the night. Rolling over in bed, blinking open their eyes, civilians reached for the little devices and, in...

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Kaspar the Friendly Robot Helps Autistic Kids

University of Hertfordshire scientists are working with a preschool for autistic children to study the impact of robots on the development of students' social skills...

AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells
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AI Lie Detection Could Help Crack Terror Cells

In A bar in Maastricht University in the Netherlands, 12 students are each given an envelope marked "Top Secret." Inside are plans for a terror attack somewhere...

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U.S. Funding Tech Firms that Help Mideast Dissidents Evade Government Censors

The Obama administration may not be lending arms to dissidents in the Middle East, but it is offering aid in another critical way: helping them surf the Web anonymously...
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