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June 2013


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N.s.a. Leak Puts Focus on System Administrators

N.s.a. Leak Puts Focus on System Administrators

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details about American surveillance, personifies a debate at the heart of technology systems in government and industry: can the I.T. staff be trusted…


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Linux Foundation Sees Broadening Role For Developers

Linux Foundation Sees Broadening Role For Developers

The Linux Foundation is expanding its training options to help Linux developers. 


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Printing Tiny Batteries

Printing Tiny Batteries

Researchers have printed precisely interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, each less than the width of a human hair.


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Sound Waves Precisely Position Nanowires

Sound Waves Precisely Position Nanowires

Researchers have used sound waves to place nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics, and nanoscale circuits. 


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Tech Stars Get the Superhero Treatment

Tech Stars Get the Superhero Treatment

A new line of comic books tells the life stories of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and other leaders in high technology.


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­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast

­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast

The next army of unmanned drones are scurrying beneath the ocean's surface.


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Medicine That Monitors You

Medicine That Monitors You

They look like normal pills, oblong and a little smaller than a daily vitamin.


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Google Street View Maps First Skyscraper, Dubai's Burj-Khalifa

Google Street View Maps First Skyscraper, Dubai's Burj-Khalifa

For years, the Google Street View team has captured the world's most interesting places and put the 360-degree imagery on Google Maps for the world to experience virtually.


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The Most Amazing Map You'll See Today (no Matter What Day It Is)

The Most Amazing Map You'll See Today (no Matter What Day It Is)

There are many way to celebrate your 70th birthday.


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A New Method that Is 700 Times Faster Than the Norm Is Developed to Magnify Digital Images

A New Method that Is 700 Times Faster Than the Norm Is Developed to Magnify Digital Images

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can magnify images 700 times faster than conventional methods. 


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Graphical Tools Help Security Experts Track Cyberattacks in Real Time

Graphical Tools Help Security Experts Track Cyberattacks in Real Time

New graphical tools offer significant improvements to security experts in their efforts to detect and prevent incidents. 


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Cheap, Color, Holographic Video

Cheap, Color, Holographic Video

A new way to create holograms could significantly lower the cost of color holographic-video displays and boost conventional 2D display resolution. 


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Sandia Hosts Annual Robot Rodeo

Sandia Hosts Annual Robot Rodeo

The Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise draws bomb squad teams to see who can most effectively use robots to defuse dangerous situations. 


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Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers

Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers

Linux continues to dominate the list of the world's fastest supercomputers and there is no reason to think that will change anytime soon. 


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Danish Chemists in Molecular Chip Breakthrough

Danish Chemists in Molecular Chip Breakthrough

Researchers have created a graphene-based transistor made from just one molecular monolayer that can work on a computer chip. 


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Don Knuth and the Art of Computer Programming: The Interview

Don Knuth and the Art of Computer Programming: The Interview

Fifty years after starting the 'Art of Computer Programming,' Don Knuth is still working hard at the project.


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Beyond Silicon: Transistors Without Semiconductors

Beyond Silicon: Transistors Without Semiconductors

Although electronic devices continue to shrink, transistors based on semiconductors can only get so small. 


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Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes

Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes

A system which uses giant holograms to help medical students master their subject has been pioneered by two London-based junior doctors.


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Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders

Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders

When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter, or a similar Silicon Valley concern.


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What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

It is the rare entrepreneur who hits it truly big twice. Those who do—such as Ev Williams, Ted Turner, and Elon Musk—tend to stay within the original industry that made them. In recent memory, Steve Jobs sticks out for his success…


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Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers

Slime Mold Could Make Memristors For Biocomputers

Researchers say the feeding fronds of the slime Physarum polycephalum could be used to build exotic computers. 


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Body-Double: Lifelike Android Demoed at Futuristic Conference

Body-Double: Lifelike Android Demoed at Futuristic Conference

Osaka University Intelligent Robotics Laboratory director Hiroshi Ishiguro showed a robot that looks like him at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress.


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A Detailed 3-D Atlas of a Human Brain

A Detailed 3-D Atlas of a Human Brain

BigBrain is an electronic model that will enable scientists to explore the anatomy of a single brain in far greater detail than previously possible. 


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Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too

Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too

Microsoft has announced plans to launch three bug bounty programs designed to eliminate security vulnerabilities in its software. 


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Seeing Data

Seeing Data

Computer scientists, artists, and designers discussed the emerging science of big-data visualizations during a recent symposium. 


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Seeing the Human Pulse

Seeing the Human Pulse

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new algorithm that can accurately measure the heart rates of people depicted in ordinary digital video by analyzing imperceptibly small…


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Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet

Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet

In his young career, Jeffrey Hammerbacher has been a scout on the frontiers of the data economy.


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Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains

Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains

Nvidia, trying to move its graphics chips into the supercomputing market, has found a niche helping engineers build brain-like systems called neural networks.


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Where Rich People Live (AKA Maps of iPhone Use)

Where Rich People Live (AKA Maps of iPhone Use)

Our stuff often says a lot about us, whether we own a hybrid car or a station wagon, a MacBook Pro or an ancient desktop.


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A Robot That Runs Like a Cat

A Robot That Runs Like a Cat

Researchers have developed a cheetah-cub robot that will serve as a platform for research in locomotion and biomechanics.