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Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies
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Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies

If you thought Elon Musk was the only person coming up with innovative ideas for the exploration of outer space, you'd be wrong.

'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions
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'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions

Each morning around 6, Mary Ellen Snodgrass swallows a computer chip.

When Driverless Cars Crash, Who's to Blame?
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When Driverless Cars Crash, Who's to Blame?

Self-driving cars have an undeniable allure: Think of all the fun things you could do if you didn't have to keep your eyes on the road!

The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security
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The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security

Does Bitcoin risk endangering the nation's safety? The Pentagon thinks it might.

How George Washington ­niversity Is Shaping a Piece of Google's Smartphone Future
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How George Washington ­niversity Is Shaping a Piece of Google's Smartphone Future

In the labs of George Washington University, students are laboring in labs covered in black-and-white dotted paper, puzzling out how to make a machine that understands...

Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts
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Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts

Chad Bouton snapped awake at 5 a.m.

Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence
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Low-Level Federal Judges Balking at Law Enforcement Requests For Electronic Evidence

Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data...

Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence
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Google, Once Disdainful of Lobbying, Now a Master of Washington Influence

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a "vibrant discussion" about Internet search competition.

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"
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A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"

A small group of financial firms are using their technological superiority to skim the top off the market, Michael Lewis claims in his new book "Flash Boys."

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents
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In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a pill or a better mousetrap, you can patent it.

Tor ­sage in Turkey Surges During Twitter Ban
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Tor ­sage in Turkey Surges During Twitter Ban

Since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan implemented a ban on Twitter late last week, Tor usage in the country has surged—with connections nearly doubling...

How a Laser Beam Could Quadruple the Speed of the Internet
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How a Laser Beam Could Quadruple the Speed of the Internet

A new kind of laser holds the potential to quadruple  bandwidth on the fastest fiber-optic networks. 

Why Mh370 Could Still Talk to Satellites After Its Other Comms Went Dark
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Why Mh370 Could Still Talk to Satellites After Its Other Comms Went Dark

It's the latest mystery in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Was a key communications system on board the plane disabled before or after the co-pilot calmly...

Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.
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Hackers Allegedly Stole $400 Million in Bitcoins. Here's How to Catch Them.

On Friday, what had been the world's leading Bitcoin exchange declared bankrutpcy, claiming that hackers had exploited a technical issue called "transaction malleability...

The Six Types of Conversations on Twitter
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The Six Types of Conversations on Twitter

A new report from the Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation says that Twitter conversations have distinct shapes—at least six of them with...

Obama's Big Plan to Protect Businesses from Cyberattack
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Obama's Big Plan to Protect Businesses from Cyberattack

It's been a long time coming, and some experts say it isn't enough.

New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time
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New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time

Shooter and victim were just a pair of pixels, dark specks on a gray streetscape. 

One Day an Elevator Might Ask—are You Getting On?
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One Day an Elevator Might Ask—are You Getting On?

Microsoft researchers have enabled elevators in a company building to detect the likelihood that a person walking by will want to board it.

'have You Ever Been on a Boat?' and 15 Other Weird Interview Questions from Tech Firms
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'have You Ever Been on a Boat?' and 15 Other Weird Interview Questions from Tech Firms

Looking for a new job?

'a Fema-Level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the Fcc's Legal Strategy
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'a Fema-Level Fail': The Law Professor Who Coined 'net Neutrality' Lashes Out at the Fcc's Legal Strategy

Back in 2003, when he was a law professor at the University of Virginia, Tim Wu wrote the definitive paper on net neutrality.
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