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Can Cornell Build a Silicon Valley Culture in New York City?
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Can Cornell Build a Silicon Valley Culture in New York City?

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell University and its partner Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have been approved to build a...

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Should We Fire the First Shot in a Cyberwar?

Military bureaucracies around the world are likely to see offensive capabilities as increasingly attractive in any cyberwar, suggests the head of the computer...

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Sopa Hearings Cast Debate as Old Media vs. New Media

The circus atmosphere of the hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), reflected the high-stakes, emotional nature of the...

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Iran's Alleged Drone Hack: Tough, but Possible

Take everything that Iran says about its captured U.S. drone with a grain of salt. But its new claim that it spoofed the drone’s navigational controls isn't implausible...

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Dm: Iran Pioneering Drone Production

Iran is a leading country in manufacturing different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi stressed on Monday.

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Tiny Biocomputers Move Closer to Reality

Several research groups are developing DNA-based circuits that could one day monitor and treat disease from inside the body.

Initiative Aims For 100,000 New STEM Teachers
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Initiative Aims For 100,000 New STEM Teachers

The 100Kin10 initiative — aims to increase the supply of math and science teachers by preparing 100,000 new ones over the next 10 years. It is based on President...

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Iran Hijacked ­.s. Drone, Says Iranian Engineer

Iran guided the CIA's "lost" stealth drone to an intact landing inside hostile territory by exploiting a navigational weakness long-known to the U.S. military...

Brain-Computer Interface Plays Music Based on Person's Mood
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Brain-Computer Interface Plays Music Based on Person's Mood

A brain-computer interface that plays music based on the mental state of the user is the focus of a new four-year project by researchers at the universities of...

Meet Sopa Author Lamar Smith, Hollywood's Favorite Republican
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Meet Sopa Author Lamar Smith, Hollywood's Favorite Republican

Rep. Lamar Smith, whose congressional district in Texas encompasses the cropland and grazing land stretching between Austin and San Antonio, might seem like an...

Cities Fail to Recognize Full Potential of Smart Technologies
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Cities Fail to Recognize Full Potential of Smart Technologies

Opening up data and digital assets is critical to accelerating low-carbon cities, according to a recent University of Nottingham report. 

Carrier Iq Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring
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Carrier Iq Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring

It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Carrier IQ, the mobile analytics outfit at the center of a continuing privacy brouhaha over what its diagnostic software...

Flight of the Warbots
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Flight of the Warbots

How a save-the-earth maker of solar-powered aircraft became the world's most prolific manufacturer of military drones.

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The Cyber Security Industrial Complex

Documents point to a huge industry that provides online surveillance tools to governments and police agencies.

Cyber-Intruder Sparks Massive Federal Response
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Cyber-Intruder Sparks Massive Federal Response

The 2008 discovery that a rogue program had penetrated a classified U.S. military network containing sensitive secrets by piggybacking on a thumb drive has had...

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What Is the Higgs Boson and Why Does It Matter?

As the world awaits news of the possible discovery of the Higgs boson, there remains a lot of confusion about what it is, why we have had to work hard to find...

It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone
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It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone

Prepare the dissection table. Iran says it’s planning to disassemble its prized acquisition: a CIA-operated drone that apparently crashed in its territory. Its...

Face Recognition Technology Comes to Malls and Nightclubs
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Face Recognition Technology Comes to Malls and Nightclubs

The privacy concerns around the tracking of consumers and targeted advertising online may be coming to the physical world.

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Iranian Armed Forces to Simulate U.s. Rq-170 Drone

A senior parliamentarian underlined Tehran's advanced technological capabilities and possibilities, and said the Iranian Armed Forces intend to simulate the design...

Look, ­p in the Sky! It's a Drone, Looking at You
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Look, ­p in the Sky! It's a Drone, Looking at You

Unmanned aircraft—or drones—are playing a large role in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, but they're starting to show up the the skies above the U.S....
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