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July 2013


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Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of 'robo Sapiens'

Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of 'robo Sapiens'

Moving its hands as if it were dealing cards and walking with a bit of a swagger, a Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its first public appearance on Thursday.


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Your Facebook Friends May Be Evil Bots

Your Facebook Friends May Be Evil Bots

Groups of social bots could lead to disaster for large online destinations, or even threaten the fabric of the Internet, the economy, and society as a whole. 


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5d Optical Memory in Nanostructured Quartz Glass Could Lead to ­nlimited Lifetime Data Storage

5d Optical Memory in Nanostructured Quartz Glass Could Lead to ­nlimited Lifetime Data Storage

Researchers have experimentally demonstrated the recording and retrieval process of five-dimensional digital data in nanostructured glass by femtosecond laser writing.


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This Accused Hacker Is a Jerk. Here’s Why He Shouldn’t Be a Felon.

This Accused Hacker Is a Jerk. Here’s Why He Shouldn’t Be a Felon.

Dozens of computer security experts have filed a brief in support of Andrew Auernheimer's attempt to overturn his conviction on computer-hacking charges. 


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A Technological Edge on Wildfires

A Technological Edge on Wildfires

Technology is helping to combat the growing frequency and danger of wildfires. 


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Feds Asked to Sit Out Defcon Hacking Conference This Year

Feds Asked to Sit Out Defcon Hacking Conference This Year

Defcon hacking convention organizers have asked federal government workers not to attend the event this year. 


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Graphene May Give US Cooler, Longer-Lasting Computers

Graphene May Give US Cooler, Longer-Lasting Computers

Cooling is an important and tricky part of modern computing—you don't want those ever-more-functional processors overheating, but you also don't want the cooling process to suck up too much energy.


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Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser

Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacspacecraft communications, enhance commercial missions, and strengthen transmission of scientific data.


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Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

The way we use digital devices has become big news.


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Kremlin Returns to Typewriters to Avoid Computer Leaks

Kremlin Returns to Typewriters to Avoid Computer Leaks

A source at Russia's Federal Guard Service, which is in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications and protecting President Vladimir Putin, claimed that the return to typewriters has been prompted by the publication of secret…


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Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers

Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers

The Internet of Things is the imagined network of data links that will emerge when everyday objects are fitted with tiny identifying devices.


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Tiny Trouble Spots Can Fix Complex Networks

Tiny Trouble Spots Can Fix Complex Networks

A new method of controlling complex networks could have "a transformative impact" on the field.


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Toward Tinier Transistors

Toward Tinier Transistors

Researchers are studying how to make the next generation of transistors smaller. 


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Powerful Animal Tracking System Helps Research Take Flight

Powerful Animal Tracking System Helps Research Take Flight

The new Environmental-Data Automated Track Annotation system enables users to take a big data approach to tracking birds. 


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Cern's Hadron Collider Research Fueled By Openstack

Cern's Hadron Collider Research Fueled By Openstack

CERN is rebuilding its Large Hadron Collider and re-architecting its data center infrastructure based on OpenStack Grizzly. 


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The Manning Trial Grapples with the Question of Whether Wikileaks Is a Media Entity

The Manning Trial Grapples with the Question of Whether Wikileaks Is a Media Entity

Defense arguments in the trial of former Army private Bradley Manning—who stands accused of a number of crimes for handing over classified documents to WikiLeaks, including a charge of "aiding the enemy"—finished Wednesday with …


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Study: Women Just as Satisfied in It Jobs as Elsewhere

Study: Women Just as Satisfied in It Jobs as Elsewhere

A new study suggests that preconceptions about women's dissatisfaction with IT industry jobs are unjustified.


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In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

Q. How is Big Data being used more in the leadership and management field? 


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Supercomputers: Battle of the Speed Machines

Supercomputers: Battle of the Speed Machines

China is surging ahead of the United States in the race to build the world's fastest computers. 


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Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

Researchers have created an optical switch that’s controlled by a single photon.


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Five-Year-Olds to Learn Programming and Algorithms in Major Computing Curriculum Shake-­p

Five-Year-Olds to Learn Programming and Algorithms in Major Computing Curriculum Shake-­p

The U.K. Department for Education has added programming and algorithm teaching for children as young as five years old to that nation's computing curriculum. 


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Iran Planning Cyber Drills

Iran Planning Cyber Drills

Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali announced on Saturday that Iran plans to stage cyber exercises in the near future.


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Parts Installed 'upside Down' Caused Russian Rocket to Explode Last Week

Parts Installed 'upside Down' Caused Russian Rocket to Explode Last Week

While America was looking forward to the July 4 holiday, the Russian space program was busy putting the final touches on its latest rocket launch.


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Touch Screens Are Tested For Piloting Passenger Jets

Touch Screens Are Tested For Piloting Passenger Jets

As Denis Bonnet slipped into the right-hand seat of a commercial jet demonstrator in the airliner cockpit design center here at Thales, the French electronics group, his hand reached forward to tap an angled glass screen resembling…


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Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data

Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data

One of the big challenges in fighting organized crime is precisely that it is organized. It is run a bit like a business, with chains of command and responsibility, different specialised "departments," recruitment initiatives…


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Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover

Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover

The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report…


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New York City's New Hot Address: .nyc

New York City's New Hot Address: .nyc

Say you live in New York City and you're just itching to find an obscure gift for that geek in your life who has everything.


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Device Physics: Simulating Electronic Smog

Device Physics: Simulating Electronic Smog

A new mathematical model can rapidly and accurately estimate electromagnetic emissions from printed circuitboards. 


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Birmingham Amps Up Research With New Linux Supercomputer

Birmingham Amps Up Research With New Linux Supercomputer

University of Birmingham researchers are ready to launch the second generation of Linux supercomputer BlueBEAR.


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Researchers Recreate Photosynthesis to Power Devices

Researchers Recreate Photosynthesis to Power Devices

Artificial photosynthesis could lead to an alternative to gasoline, to ultradense computer memories, or to highly efficient solar cells.