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Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm
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Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm

After the explosion, Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos awoke to see the October sun glinting through the water, an image so lovely he thought he was dreaming.

Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote
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Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote

Strategists affiliated with the Obama and Romney campaigns say they have access to information about the personal lives of voters at a scale never before imagined...

Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?
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Where's the Discussion of Trojan Horses?

The Mykonos Vase, discovered in 1961 in the Cyclades, is one of the earliest accounts of the Trojan Horse, used as a subterfuge by the Greeks to enter the city...

A Nobel For Teasing Out the Secret Life of Atoms
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A Nobel For Teasing Out the Secret Life of Atoms

Two physicists who developed techniques to peer in on the most intimate relations between light and matter won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday.

Power, Pollution, and the Internet
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Power, Pollution, and the Internet

Jeff Rothschild's machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt.

On Waterfront, Rise of the Machines
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On Waterfront, Rise of the Machines

In the rising light of a mid-September morning, the CSAV Pyrenees, a blue-water freighter sailing out of Suape Port in Brazil, was lashed to its lines at BerthPort...

Active in Cloud, Amazon Reshapes Computing
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Active in Cloud, Amazon Reshapes Computing

Within a few years, Amazon.com's creative destruction of both traditional book publishing and retailing may be footnotes to the company’s larger and more secretive...

A Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley
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A Hardware Renaissance in Silicon Valley

In recent years, Silicon Valley seems to have forgotten about silicon. It’s been about dot-coms, Web advertising, social networking, and apps for smartphones.

New Wave of Adept Robots Is Changing Global Industry
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New Wave of Adept Robots Is Changing Global Industry

At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old...

How Big Data Became So Big
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How Big Data Became So Big

This has been the crossover year for Big Data—as a concept, as a term, and, yes, as a marketing tool.

The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference
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The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference

Here is a look at some of the highlights and scarier happenings taking place at the annual Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week.

Simulated Space 'terror' Offers Nasa an Online Following
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Simulated Space 'terror' Offers Nasa an Online Following

The video is called "Seven Minutes of Terror," and describes, with the suspense and cinematography of a movie preview, what will happen next month when a one-ton...

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California Chosen as Home for Computing Institute

The Simons Foundation, which specializes in science and math research, has chosen the University of California, Berkeley, as host for an ambitious new center for...

Genius and Tragedy at Dawn of Computer Age
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Genius and Tragedy at Dawn of Computer Age

One of the many myths about Apple is that the company's name is a reference to the half-eaten apple reportedly found beside the corpse of the British computer scientist...

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Physicists Create a Working Transistor From a Single Atom

Australian and American physicists have built a working transistor from a single phosphorus atom embedded in a silicon crystal.

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A Wireless Road Around Data Traffic Jams

The vast data centers that process information for the Facebooks and Amazons of the Web work at a brisk clip. But even so, they can't always keep up.

Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing
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Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing

Ever since the early days of modern computing in the 1940s, the biological metaphor has been irresistible.

Underwater Drones Giving More Eyes to Police Harbor Unit as Searches Grow
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Underwater Drones Giving More Eyes to Police Harbor Unit as Searches Grow

With President Obama in town last week, things were busy for the New York Police Department's Harbor Unit. Federal security agents were disseminating lists of...

A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor
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A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor

In a cluttered chip-making laboratory on Stanford's campus, Max Shulaker is producing the world's smallest computer circuits by hand.

Dna Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data
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Dna Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data

BGI, based in China, is the world’s largest genomics research institute, with 167 DNA sequencers producing the equivalent of 2,000 human genomes a day.
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