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Nasa Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
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Nasa Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system's population of potentially hazardous...

Smart Phones Are Changing Real World Privacy Settings
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Smart Phones Are Changing Real World Privacy Settings

Tel Aviv University researchers have found that smartphones are challenging traditional concepts of privacy, especially in the public arena.  

Here Comes the Sunstorm
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Here Comes the Sunstorm

With a peak in the cycle of solar flares approaching, U.S. electricity regulators are weighing their options for protecting the nation's grid from the sun's eruptions—including...

Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy
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Court ­pholds Google-Nsa Relationship Secrecy

A federal appeals court last Friday upheld the National Security Agency's decision to withhold from the public documents confirming or denying any relationship...

The Education of Mark Zuckerberg
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The Education of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is ready for his close-up.

­niversity of Florida Endangers CS Department
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­niversity of Florida Endangers CS Department

Four weeks into the academic tussle between computer science students and the administration of the University of Florida, the controversy surrounding a drastic...

Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless
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Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless

Iran on Saturday criticized Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt...

Coolest Jobs in Tech: From the Pits of Le Mans to the Dugouts of Fenway Park
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Coolest Jobs in Tech: From the Pits of Le Mans to the Dugouts of Fenway Park

When race cars whiz around a track at 200 miles per hour, driving ability isn't the only factor that determines who wins the race.

Cyber Briefings 'scare The Bejeezus' Out Of Ceos
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Cyber Briefings 'scare The Bejeezus' Out Of Ceos

For the CEOs of companies such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, talk of cyberweapons and cyberwar could have been abstract. But at a classified security briefing in...

FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites
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FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites

The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build...

Engineers Develop Textile Sensors That Monitor Cardiac Signs and Communicate With Smart Phones
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Engineers Develop Textile Sensors That Monitor Cardiac Signs and Communicate With Smart Phones

University of Arkansas researchers have developed a wireless health-monitoring system that gathers patient information and communicates that data in real time to...

The Open Source Problem Solvers Creating Government 2.0
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The Open Source Problem Solvers Creating Government 2.0

Technologically adept citizens are increasingly using their skills to address problems in government, says Personal Democracy Media founder Andrew Rasiej.  

Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'
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Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'

As supercomputing makes its way through the petascale era, the future of the technology has never seemed so uncertain.

Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar
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Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar

Business executives and national security leaders are of one mind over the need to improve the security of the computers that control the U.S. power grid, the financial...

Algorithm Weighs Up Strategies For Bridge Management
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Algorithm Weighs Up Strategies For Bridge Management

Concordia University engineers have developed an algorithm designed to help public officials decide how to manage bridges.

DARPA Wants Gamers to Design Medical Training Software
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DARPA Wants Gamers to Design Medical Training Software

DARPA is seeking proposals for a game-based interactive system to train medical first responders.  

The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars
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The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars

In the summer of 2007, Apple released the iPhone, in an exclusive partnership with A.T. & T. George Hotz, a seventeen-year-old from Glen Rock, New Jersey, was a...

How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet
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How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet

Legal and technology researchers estimate that it would take about a month for Internet users to read the privacy policies of all the Web sites they visit in a...

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The Giants Among ­S

The patent world is quietly undergoing a change of seismic proportions. In a few short years, a handful of entities have amassed vast treasuries of patents on an...

10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space
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10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space

The view of Earth from space has transformed our understanding of, as well as our admiration for, the planet.
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