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July 2014


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How Technology Is Unraveling the Clues of Flight Mh17

How Technology Is Unraveling the Clues of Flight Mh17

Over the weekend, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy turned into a "Law and Order" episode on the international stage with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on Fox News and other outlets to make a systemic case against…


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The Growing Threat of Network-Based Steganography

The Growing Threat of Network-Based Steganography

Researchers have uncovered Duqu, an unusual form of steganography-based malware that embeds itself in Microsoft Windows machines.


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Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

A new method of stabilizing microwave signals in the gigahertz range uses a pair of laser beams as the reference instead of a crystal. 


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Hearts Stars Trial Software That Predicts Injuries

Hearts Stars Trial Software That Predicts Injuries

New software could be used to determine when athletes are at risk to suffer an injury. 


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Talk on Cracking Internet Anonymity Service Tor Canceled

Talk on Cracking Internet Anonymity Service Tor Canceled

A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor was withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference, a spokeswoman for the event said on Monday.


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In Defense of Science

In Defense of Science

Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses testified to Congress.


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New Dimension in Scoreboard Watching

New Dimension in Scoreboard Watching

The seemingly endless prairie that blankets this part of the United States would seem to be an unlikely place for one of the largest makers of sports video displays, Daktronics.


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Will Science Burst the Multiverse's Bubble?

Will Science Burst the Multiverse's Bubble?

This philosophical question overlaps with real physics when hypothesizing what lies beyond the boundary of our observable universe.


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How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else.


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Iran's Liberals and Conservatives Argue Over Internet Restrictions

Iran's Liberals and Conservatives Argue Over Internet Restrictions

When Iran's authorities started to block websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia in 2006, only a tenth of the population used the Internet.


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Oco-2 Data to Lead Scientists Forward Into the Past

Oco-2 Data to Lead Scientists Forward Into the Past

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which launched on July 2, will soon be providing about 100,000 high-quality measurements each day of carbon dioxide concentrations from around the globe.


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Travis County Developing Electronic Voting System With a Paper Trail

Travis County Developing Electronic Voting System With a Paper Trail

An electronic-voting system that prints out a paper copy of the ballot and a take-home receipt is under development and could be in operation within three years. 


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People in Leadership Positions May Sacrifice Privacy For Security

People in Leadership Positions May Sacrifice Privacy For Security

Researchers are examining how people with high-status job assignments assess security and privacy, and how impulsive or patient they are in making decisions. 


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Virtual Finger Takes Scientists Through 3D Landscapes

Virtual Finger Takes Scientists Through 3D Landscapes

Scientists will be able to use software called the Virtual Finger to navigate three-dimensional images of biological structures on computer screens. 


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For Tv 'white Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious

For Tv 'white Spaces,' the Global Outlook Is Hopeful but Cautious

Developed and developing markets' spectrum policies are starting to accommodate TV white spaces. 


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Scientists Track Quantum Errors in Real Time: Step Toward Age of Quantum Computing

Scientists Track Quantum Errors in Real Time: Step Toward Age of Quantum Computing

Researchers have brought functional quantum computing another step forward by developing a method for real-time tracking of quantum errors. 


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Supercomputers Reveal Strange, Stress-Induced Transformations in World's Thinnest Materials

Supercomputers Reveal Strange, Stress-Induced Transformations in World's Thinnest Materials

Researchers used Brookhaven National Laboratory supercomputers to compare the transformations and breaking points of graphene and other monolayers. 


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Researchers Develop a Wikipedia of Fact-Checking During Natural Disasters

Researchers Develop a Wikipedia of Fact-Checking During Natural Disasters

Researchers have developed an online platform for crowd-sourcing the veracity of information posted to social media. 


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In Gaza, Epithets Are Fired and Euphemisms Give Shelter

The Gaza-based interior ministry advises its supporters in a YouTube video that whenever talking about the dead, "always add 'an innocent citizen.' "


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Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'

Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'

Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you're seeing if you're in his machine watching a movie he's playing for you.


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Math Can Make the Internet 5-10 Times Faster

Math Can Make the Internet 5-10 Times Faster

Researchers say they have developed software that can make Internet communications via computer, mobile phone, or satellite significantly faster and more secure.


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MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers

MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robotic extension to the human hand that could make common, everyday tasks easier.


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Some ­niversities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

Some ­niversities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

Just 18 percent of the computer science graduates from colleges and universities across the U.S. are women, down from 37 percent in 1985, but some schools are reporting much higher percentages.


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Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History

Fiendish Wheat Genome Reveals Grain's History

A draft genome sequence of wheat promises to speed efforts to breed new types of one of the world's most important crops — and to reveal the tangled genomic history of an ancient staple.


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Electric Vehicles Drive Iot Research at Four Universities

Electric Vehicles Drive Iot Research at Four Universities

Internet2 announced that it will provide four U.S. universities with an all-electric micro vehicle which will be used in a variety of research projects in Internet and network connectivity and help reduce a university's carbon…


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Microsoft Urges People to Use Weak Passwords Online

Microsoft Urges People to Use Weak Passwords Online

Microsoft and Carleton University researchers suggest in a new report that Internet users do not need to use complex passwords for all of their online accounts, contradicting established best practices for password security.


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Air Force Research: How to ­se Social Media to Control People Like Drones

Air Force Research: How to ­se Social Media to Control People Like Drones

Facebook isn't the only organization conducting research into how attitudes are affected by social media.


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As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.


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Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet

Mars Rover Facing Harshest Journey Yet

After making it across 8.5 kilometres on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is now facing some of the most dangerous terrain it has ever encountered.


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Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program

Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program

The U.S. National Security Agency has selected five more schools for its Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program.