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Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password
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Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password

Before you read this story, try to answer the following question: Who was the first person to text you today?

White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption
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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

The White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials support arguments by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence leaders that encryption technology...

How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter
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How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter

Back in the 1880s, the American astronomer Simon Newcomb noticed something strange about the book of logarithmic tables in his library—the earlier pages were much...

3 Questions on Killer Robots
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3 Questions on Killer Robots

Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could...

Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson's Patients
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Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson's Patients

Sending pulses of electricity through the brain via implanted electrodes—a procedure known as deep brain stimulation—can relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's and...

Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms
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Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the workings of the...

Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision
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Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision

Plenty of people play with small drone aircraft in their backyards these days.

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions
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Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions

New artificial intelligence software developed by Facebook can process text and then answer questions about it. 

Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game
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Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game

We have self-driving cars, knowledgeable digital assistants, and software capable of putting names to faces as well as any expert.

High-Resolution 3D Scans Built From Drone Photos
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High-Resolution 3D Scans Built From Drone Photos

Drones offer an inexpensive way to capture three-dimensional scans of buildings, terrain, and other objects. 

Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team
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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team

Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by...

Engineering the Perfect Baby
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Engineering the Perfect Baby

If anyone had devised a way to create a genetically engineered baby, I figured George Church would know about it.

Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You
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Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You

A Canadian startup is working to make monsters, fish, and other creatures seem to come alive inside a tabletop box.

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
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New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Internet of Dna
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Internet of Dna

Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name.

Magic Leap
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Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence
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Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup.

A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets
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A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets

Smartphones, tablets and PCs should appear this year that can send and receive data wirelessly more than 10 times faster than a Wi-Fi connection.

The Algorithm That Unscrambles Fractured Images
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The Algorithm That Unscrambles Fractured Images

Take a hammer to a mirror and you will fracture the image it produces as well as the glass.
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