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Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think
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Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Just under 10 years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way we understand matter and win him and...

­.s. Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts to Break Tor Anonymity Network
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­.s. Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts to Break Tor Anonymity Network

The National Security Agency may have attempted to penetrate and compromise a widely used network designed to protect the anonymity of its users, but it was only...

New Kind of Microscope Uses Neutrons
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New Kind of Microscope Uses Neutrons

Researchers at MIT, working with partners at NASA, have developed a new concept for a microscope that would use neutrons—subatomic particles with no electrical...

And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'
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And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'

The 55 miles from Campbell to San Francisco make for one of the nicest commutes anywhere.

Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations
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Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations

It sounds like a science administrator’s dream—or a scientist's worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited.

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats
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Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.

A Digital Copy of the ­niverse, Encrypted
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A Digital Copy of the ­niverse, Encrypted

Even as he installed the landmark camera that would capture the first convincing evidence of dark energy in the 1990s, Tony Tyson, an experimental cosmologist now...

As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm
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As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm

One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question
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Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Is the world's first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not?

More Than a Game
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More Than a Game

Researchers have used graphics processing units to demonstrate how to crunch certain astrophysics calculations much more quickly than conventional methods. 

Imagining Data Without Division
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Imagining Data Without Division

Seven years ago, when David Schimel was asked to design an ambitious data project called the National Ecological Observatory Network, it was little more than a...

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky
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Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and...

Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?
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Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?

It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed...

A Google Glass Alternative in Japan
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A Google Glass Alternative in Japan

Foreign tourists visiting this city have long encountered translation help.

Website Maps 1.2 Billion Facebook Faces
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Website Maps 1.2 Billion Facebook Faces

Facebook has so many users—more than a billion, or roughly the population of India—that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible.

Seeing Light in a New Way
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Seeing Light in a New Way

Scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn't need to go...

Baseball's Beacon Trials Hint at Apple's Location Revolution
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Baseball's Beacon Trials Hint at Apple's Location Revolution

As we neared the threshold of the gates in front of the walkway to the home of the New York Mets, a message popped up on developer Chad Evans' space-gray iPhone...

Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids
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Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids

Tantalized by images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based data, scientists thought the giant asteroid Vesta deserved a closer look.

How the Fifa 14 Soccer Video Game Finally Got Its Physics Right
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How the Fifa 14 Soccer Video Game Finally Got Its Physics Right

When the soccer video game FIFA 14 went on sale last week, it boasted a ball that, at long last, could sail smartly through the air.

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Watch Out, Wall Street: Report Says Tech Is Now Nyc's Second-Largest Sector

New York City's economy has traditionally been dominated by finance, real estate, and media.
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