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Some Robots Are Starting to Move More Like Humans
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Some Robots Are Starting to Move More Like Humans

Robots usually look rigid and nonhuman, with joints engineered to avoid the elasticity that can make their movements less predictable and harder to control.

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data
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Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes...

Ctrl-Alt-Delete Defenders Tell Bill Gates It Wasn't A Mistake
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Ctrl-Alt-Delete Defenders Tell Bill Gates It Wasn't A Mistake

The news that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates now says it was a mistake to long ago force Windows PC users to type "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" at start-up is getting tons...

Cache and Not Carry: Next Mars Rover to Collect Samples For Return to Earth—someday
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Cache and Not Carry: Next Mars Rover to Collect Samples For Return to Earth—someday

Have rover, need payload. That's the state of things for NASA, which is planning to launch its next rover to Mars in 2020.

Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm
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Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm

Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet's dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it...

Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover
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Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and...

Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built
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Why Space Telescope Mirror Is Most Complex Ever Built

"You will not be touching anything."

Bringing 'common Sense' to Text Analytics
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Bringing 'common Sense' to Text Analytics

Bringing "common sense" to artificial intelligence is one of the biggest challenges in computer science: It entails equipping computers with the shared knowledge...

Tuning In to Graphene
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Tuning In to Graphene

New ultra-fast wireless antennas may be on the way, but don't throw away your old wireless router just yet.

Making the Internet Safe For Gadgets
From Communications of the ACM

Making the Internet Safe For Gadgets

Initiatives favor direct connections, named resources, and cryptography.

Software Helps Linguists Reconstruct, Decipher Ancient Languages
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Software Helps Linguists Reconstruct, Decipher Ancient Languages

Linguists who once spent an entire career reconstructing a major language family now can accomplish that in just a few hours.

Bold Idea For 'big Data'
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Bold Idea For 'big Data'

Researchers are working to develop a customized, energy-efficient optical network that can feed massive amounts of data into Rice University supercomputers.

Meet the Machines that Steal Your Phone's Data
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Meet the Machines that Steal Your Phone's Data

The National Security Agency's spying tactics are being intensely scrutinized following the recent leaks of secret documents. However, the NSA isn't the only U.S...

Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone
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Man Controls New Prosthetic Leg ­sing Thought Alone

A man missing his lower leg has gained precise control over a prosthetic limb, just by thinking about moving it—all because his unused nerves were preserved during...

How Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets
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How Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets

Now approaching its 10th anniversary, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier observatory for an endeavor not envisioned in its original design...

Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running
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Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has gone interstellar.

What Is a Jpeg? The Invisible Object You See Every Day
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What Is a Jpeg? The Invisible Object You See Every Day

In 2012, the photograph of Barack and Michelle Obama embracing after his re-election was "liked" over 4 million times.

In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches
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In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches

The age of wearable computing is upon us.

Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force
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Empty F-16 Jet Tested By Boeing and ­.s. Air Force

Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones.

How BlackBerry Finally Found Its Buyer
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How BlackBerry Finally Found Its Buyer

The BlackBerry melodrama may finally be coming to a close.
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