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Data as Art: 10 Striking Science Maps
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Data as Art: 10 Striking Science Maps

The computer age triggered a seemingly endless stream of scientific data, but such incoming mountains of information come at a cost. The more data you amass,...

World Mobile Data Traffic to Explode by Factor of 26 by 2015
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World Mobile Data Traffic to Explode by Factor of 26 by 2015

Anyone who thinks that the Internet revolution is in anything but its early phase had better take a look at Cisco's latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast.

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Google Schools Its Algorithm

To humans, computer intelligence is a puzzle, as if the machines have split personalities. They can be so remarkably smart at times, yet so bafflingly dumb at...

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The 'Panda' That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google

Google's new update to its search engine addressed the growing complaint that low-quality content sites (derisively referred to as content farms) were ranked higher...

Service Robots: Rise of the Machines (again)
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Service Robots: Rise of the Machines (again)

In 1961, just after America's Sputnik moment, the world's first industrial robot debuted at a General Motors assembly plant in Trenton, N.J.

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Is the Navy Trying to Start the Robot Apocalypse?

Whenever the military rolls out a new robot program, folks like to joke about SkyNet or the Rise of the Machines. But this time, the military really is starting...

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20 Hot It Security Issues

From malware on Google's Android phones to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency trying to understand how stories or narratives impact security and...

Will Goal-Line Technology Bring Justice to Soccer?
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Will Goal-Line Technology Bring Justice to Soccer?

A sporting miscarriage of justice that occurred last summer triggered a series of experiments that could this weekend see soccer (that's football to the rest...

Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy
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Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy

As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product:...

Psych-Out Sexism
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Psych-Out Sexism

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science.

Share of Black S&e Degrees From Hbcus Declines in 2008
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Share of Black S&e Degrees From Hbcus Declines in 2008

Recent U.S. National Science Foundation studies have shown that the percentage of minorities earning bachelor's degrees in science and engineering from historically...

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The Winners and Losers from Google's Search Change

Google's major revamp of its search rankings last week created a new set of winners and losers, but some critics of the company say the changes are not being...

How We Know
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How We Know

James Gleick's first chapter has the title "Drums That Talk." It explains the concept of information by looking at a simple example.

Follow the Money: Tiny Transistors Track Cash
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Follow the Money: Tiny Transistors Track Cash

Banks have long considered placing silicon transistors on currency for security purposes, but the technology was too chunky and intensive for paper bills. Now...

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Russia Requested ­nloading of Bushehr Reactor Fuel

Tehran’s ambassador to Moscow has said the decision to unload fuel from the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant is based on a request by Russia and has...

Goal-Line Technologists Fail Fifa Test
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Goal-Line Technologists Fail Fifa Test

Fifa's plans to introduce goal-line technology have suffered a setback after every one of the 10 companies which took part in trials last week failed to meet...

­U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office
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­U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office

President Obama, who emphasizes American innovation, says modernizing the federal Patent and Trademark Office is crucial to "winning the future." So at a time when...

Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects
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Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects

Picture the scene: armed police officers are warned on their radios that a suspected male terrorist has been tracked to a crowded football stadium.

A Semantic Sommelier: Wine Application Highlights the Power of Web 3.0
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A Semantic Sommelier: Wine Application Highlights the Power of Web 3.0

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Deborah McGuinness has developed a group of applications designed to enhance wine knowledge and appreciation. The applications...

New Technology Pinpoints Genetic Differences Between Cancer, Non-Cancer Patients
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New Technology Pinpoints Genetic Differences Between Cancer, Non-Cancer Patients

Virginia Tech scientists have developed technology that can find genetic differences between breast cancer patients and healthy individuals.
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