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Building the Lego ­niverse Online
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Building the Lego ­niverse Online

Lego Universe, the online computer game scheduled for release in October, marks the legendary company's first foray into massively multiplayer gaming, and for...

The Website That Reveals State Secrets
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The Website That Reveals State Secrets

If Daniel Ellsberg wanted to leak secret documents today, he probably would send them to a powerful and controversial new venue for whistle-blowing: a Website called...

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Repeat of S. Korea, ­.s. Cyberattacks Does No Damage

Hundreds of computers that helped cause a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites last July launched new attacks on the same sites, but no...

Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas
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Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas

As the U.S. unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent, some companies are starting to eye job-hungry areas of the country as prime candidates for the kind of outsourced...

­U.S. Plans Cyber Shield For U­tilities, Companies
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­U.S. Plans Cyber Shield For U­tilities, Companies

The U.S. government is launching a program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure...

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'Twitter-Like' Technology Could Make Cities Safer

Researchers at the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council have developed technology that enables people to provide feedback, track their comments, see...

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Smart Gadgets May One Day Anticipate Our Needs

Silicon Valley researchers predict that future consumer gadgets, embedded with sophisticated sensors and carefully designed computer software, will be able to anticipate...

Software Will Cut Millions From Nuclear Clean-Up Bill
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Software Will Cut Millions From Nuclear Clean-Up Bill

University of Leeds researchers have developed software that enables nuclear industry planners to find the best way of breaking up and packing contaminated equipment...

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How a Smart, Decentralized Energy Web Is Essential for Managing Renewable Energy Sources

Researchers from the Italian research center CREATE-NET recently completed a study that examined the ways in which decentralized, bottom-up design approaches could...

Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity
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Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

The Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet’s dog problem.

A Soft Spot For Circuitry
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A Soft Spot For Circuitry

Robots designed to provide companionship are making strides, and falling costs may help lead to their wider use. 

A Decade Later, Internet Appliance Dream Is Realized
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A Decade Later, Internet Appliance Dream Is Realized

Ten years ago, the next big thing in tech was supposed to be the Internet appliance: a device that offered tech newbies a simpler and cheaper way to get onto the...

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A Step Closer to Perfect 3D Data Storage

 In the introduction to a paper in press in the Journal of Biotechnology, Virgile Adam of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, along with a long list...

Search Engines Learn How to Watch and Listen to Video
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Search Engines Learn How to Watch and Listen to Video

 Missed the winning goal in that crucial football match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup? Just get on the net and you'll find hours of user-generated video content of...

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'world's Thinnest' Metal Lines to Spur Device Miniaturization

A group of international scientists have collaborated to create what they say is the world's thinnest and smoothest metallic lines used in electronic components...

Submarine Robots Learn Teamwork
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Submarine Robots Learn Teamwork

New technology developed by European researchers will allow autonomous underwater vehicles to work together as a team. It increases the scope of submarine applications...

Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust
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Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust

Researchers from Northeastern, MIT and Cornell are using a robot to determine how human strangers develop trust.

Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World
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Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World

The cellphone, the fastest growing technology platform in the developing world, is delivering educational content to children in out-of-school settings in rural...

Planck Takes It All In
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Planck Takes It All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year--surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins.

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery
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To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery

The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida.
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