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Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass
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Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass

Ernest Rutherford, pioneer in studying the world inside atoms, famously remarked that all science is either physics or stamp collecting.

Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually
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Government Wants You to Broadcast Your Driving Data—Eventually

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it's finally ready to consider regulations that...

Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom
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Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom

Can scientists image the motion of electrons inside atoms?

10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth
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10 years of Opportunity: Celebrating the Rover’s Role on Mars and Earth

On January 25, 2004, a strange object fell out of the sky on a distant planet—and when it hit the surface, it started to bounce.

How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer
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How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer

There has been a lot of news lately about nefarious-sounding backdoors being inserted into cryptographic standards and toolkits.

Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing
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Secret Court Declassifies Opinion Providing Rationale For Metadata Sharing

For the first time, the United States' most secret court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), has published its legal rationale as to why the ...

Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed
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Ios 7, Thoroughly Reviewed

When we reviewed iOS 6 a year ago, we called it a "spit-and-polish" release and stand by that assessment today.

Ios and Android Weaknesses Allow Stealthy Pilfering of Website Credentials
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Ios and Android Weaknesses Allow Stealthy Pilfering of Website Credentials

A weakness in both the iOS and Android mobile operating systems makes it possible for hackers to steal sensitive user data and login credentials. 

Space Telescopes and Human Genomes: How Researchers Share Petabyte Data Sets
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Space Telescopes and Human Genomes: How Researchers Share Petabyte Data Sets

Computational research is evolving as organizations seek to eliminate barriers that prevent collaborative teams from accessing data. 

Mechanical Computer Flexes Its Muscle
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Mechanical Computer Flexes Its Muscle

An artificial, muscle-based computer could have significant potential for the field of robotics. 

Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes
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Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes

What happens when two black holes smash into each another? They form an even larger black hole while driving jets of relativistic matter into the far reaches...

Cell Phones and Wifi Set to Invade Nyc's Subways
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Cell Phones and Wifi Set to Invade Nyc's Subways

After years of negotiations, a plan is afoot to wire New York City's subway platforms for both cellular and WiFi service, a move that may see service extend into...

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Military Testing Afghan Language Translation Mobiles For U.s. Troops

"How can we communicate?" the alien being asks Captain James Kirk in a vintage edition of Star Trek. "My thoughts ... you are hearing them? This is interesting."...

Supreme Court: 'business Method' and Software Patents Ok
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Supreme Court: 'business Method' and Software Patents Ok

This morning, the Supreme Court decided the long-running Bilski case on business method patents--a case with broad applicability to software patents. As expected...

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Cyber War: Microsoft a Weak Link in National Security

"Microsoft has vast resources, literally billions of dollars in cash, or liquid assets reserves. Microsoft is an incredibly successful empire built on the premise...

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Recommendation Algorithm Wants to Show You Something New

An international group of researchers have developed a new algorithm for recommender systems designed to address the challenge of diversity when making recommendations...

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Tim Berners-Lee Launches 'www Foundation' at Igf 2009

Sir Tim Berners-Lee used the recent Internet Governance Forum to announce the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation, which he says will be an incubator for transformative...

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ACM Wants Computer Science in on Obama's K-12 Education Plan

The Association for Computing Machinery has called on the incoming Obama Administration to re-think the way that computer science is taught in the K-12 public education...
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