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This Eerie Game Was Made by Artificial Intelligence
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This Eerie Game Was Made by Artificial Intelligence

If there's one human characteristic that’s difficult to emulate in artificial intelligence, it's creativity.

How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone
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How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone

Location is a key indicator of personal travel patterns and habits.

Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks
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Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks

U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers...

Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth
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Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth

Eighth graders didn't have Facebook or Twitter to share news back then, in January 2004.

Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake
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Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake

Early Mars rovers had little more intelligence than a fancy remote-controlled car.

Viewing Where the Internet Goes
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Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Will 2014 be the year that the Internet is reined in?

Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa
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Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa

Let's put Mars in our rear-view mirror.

Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development
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Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday designated six projects across the U.S. for research into drones, the unmanned aircraft that have the potential to...

Reading Your Palm For Security's Sake
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Reading Your Palm For Security's Sake

They aren't taking any chances at Barclays Bank in Britain.

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience
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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Computers have entered the age when they are able to learn from their own mistakes, a development that is about to turn the digital world on its head.

How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success
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How Microsoft's 1 Percenters Balance Basic Research with Short-Term Success

When Microsoft launched its research labs in 1991, the personal computer was just beginning to blossom into a worldwide phenomenon, thanks in no small part to Windows...

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics
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Nasa Lays Out Long-Term Vision For Astrophysics

A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning.

The One Big Question About Rsa and Its Relationship With the Nsa
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The One Big Question About Rsa and Its Relationship With the Nsa

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the National Security...

Google's Schaft Robot Wins DARPA Rescue Challenge
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Google's Schaft Robot Wins DARPA Rescue Challenge

Team Schaft's machine carried out all eight rescue-themed tasks to outscore its rivals by a wide margin.

Distant Planet Weighed ­sing Clues from Starlight
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Distant Planet Weighed ­sing Clues from Starlight

Researchers have weighed a planet orbiting a distant star by measuring the starlight passing through its atmosphere.

Into the Bitcoin Mines
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Into the Bitcoin Mines

On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can find the mines of Bitcoin.

How Rodents and Coffee Could Shape Future Space Robots
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How Rodents and Coffee Could Shape Future Space Robots

What do artificial whiskers and coffee-filled balloons have in common?

French Team Invents Faster Code-Breaking Algorithm
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French Team Invents Faster Code-Breaking Algorithm

New method can crack certain cryptosystems far faster than earlier alternatives.

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows
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How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows

Interfaces can sense your mood, if you let them.
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