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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, but Moore's Law Will Live On
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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, but Moore's Law Will Live On

Transistors will stop shrinking after 2021, but Moore's law will probably continue, according to the final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS)...

Tour De France to ­se Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping
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Tour De France to ­se Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping

They call it "mechanical doping," but the name simply doesn't do it justice.

Do We Really Need Humans to Explore Mars?
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Do We Really Need Humans to Explore Mars?

The dazzling sunlight that flooded the lake-front restaurant where I sat down with Chris Kraft in 2014 was nothing compared to the brightness in his eyes.

Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database
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Smile, You're in the Fbi Face-Recognition Database

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has access to as many as 411.9 million images as part of its face-recognition database. 

Goodbye, Obamaberry. Hello, Obamadroid.
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Goodbye, Obamaberry. Hello, Obamadroid.

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he pushed to keep his BlackBerry.

Red Astroturf: Chinese Government Makes Millions of Fake Social Media Posts
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Red Astroturf: Chinese Government Makes Millions of Fake Social Media Posts

Data scientists at Harvard University have found that the government of the People's Republic of China generates an estimated 448 million fake social media posts...

Going Digital May Make Analog Quantum Computer Scaleable
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Going Digital May Make Analog Quantum Computer Scaleable

There are many different schemes for making quantum computers work (most of them evil). But they pretty much all fall into two categories.

Four Wild Technologies Lawmakers Want Nasa to Pursue
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Four Wild Technologies Lawmakers Want Nasa to Pursue

Imagine a tissue-box sized device, with blades a few feet long, whirring to life after charging for a full Sol on Mars.

Dronebuster Will Let You Point and Shoot Command Hacks at Pesky Drones
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Dronebuster Will Let You Point and Shoot Command Hacks at Pesky Drones

Anti-drone technology has been high on the shopping list of public safety and military organizations at least since a drunken federal employee crashed a drone onto...

The Leap Second: Because Our Clocks Are More Accurate Than the Earth
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The Leap Second: Because Our Clocks Are More Accurate Than the Earth

We've recently been treated to that extra day in February that reminds us that 2016 is a leap year.

As ­S Drops 'cyber Bombs,' Isis Retools Its Own Cyber Army
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As ­S Drops 'cyber Bombs,' Isis Retools Its Own Cyber Army

The Islamic State has been deft in its use of the Internet as a communications tool.

Human History Traced Via the Y Chromosome
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Human History Traced Via the Y Chromosome

The history of humanity, as we've read it through DNA, has been written largely by females.

Long After His Accident, Sam Schmidt Takes the Wheel Again Thanks to Project Sam
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Long After His Accident, Sam Schmidt Takes the Wheel Again Thanks to Project Sam

In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas.

Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case
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Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case

The Supreme Court on Monday declined (PDF) to hear a challenge from the Authors Guild and other writers claiming Google's scanning of their books amounts to wanton...

'this Is the Irs Regarding Your Tax Filings,' Says Trio of Overseas Robocallers
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'this Is the Irs Regarding Your Tax Filings,' Says Trio of Overseas Robocallers

As if political campaigns, shady telemarketers hawking home security systems, and the rest of the usual suspects aren't generating enough automated phone calls,...

First Came the Breathalyzer, Now Meet the Roadside Police 'textalyzer'
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First Came the Breathalyzer, Now Meet the Roadside Police 'textalyzer'

We're all familiar with the Breathalyzer, the brand name for a roadside device that measures a suspected drunken driver's blood-alcohol level.

Nvidia ­nveils First Pascal Graphics Card, the Monstrous Tesla P100
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Nvidia ­nveils First Pascal Graphics Card, the Monstrous Tesla P100

The first full-fat GPU based on Nvidia's all-new Pascal architecture is here.

Apple Likely Can't Force Fbi to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized Iphone
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Apple Likely Can't Force Fbi to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized Iphone

The US government isn't saying whether it will divulge to Apple the method it used to access the locked iPhone seized by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope
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Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope

Since Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, telescopes have gotten larger, more accurate, and more powerful.

Fbi Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent
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Fbi Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent

James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is defending the agency's legal battle with Apple, saying it is about fighting terrorism and not about...
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