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Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein
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Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein

NASA's Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this...

Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle
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Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle

The voice of the foreign military commander is sinister and gloating.

Barons of Bitcoin: The Tokyo-Based Powerhouse that Controls the World's Virtual Money
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Barons of Bitcoin: The Tokyo-Based Powerhouse that Controls the World's Virtual Money

The virtual currency Bitcoin isn't backed by any assets or central authority.

From Touch Displays to the Surface: A Brief History of Touchscreen Technology
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From Touch Displays to the Surface: A Brief History of Touchscreen Technology

It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, touchscreen technology could only be found in science fiction books and film. These days, it's almost unfathomable...

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It
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A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It

Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration...

Apple's iMessage Encryption Trips Up Feds' Surveillance
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Apple's iMessage Encryption Trips Up Feds' Surveillance

Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service has stymied attempts by federal drug enforcement agents to eavesdrop on suspects' conversations, an internal government...

No More Robocalls: New Tech Automatically Hangs ­p On Robots
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No More Robocalls: New Tech Automatically Hangs ­p On Robots

Every month, the Federal Trade Commission receives 200,000 complaints about illegal robocalls, making it the most common problem reported to the FTC.

Top Brain Scientist Is 'philosopher at Heart'
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Top Brain Scientist Is 'philosopher at Heart'

d Boyden tilts his head downward, remaining still except for his eyes, which dart back and forth between blinks for a full 10 seconds. Then, as if coming up for...

Obama to ­nveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain
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Obama to ­nveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain

President Obama on Tuesday will announce a broad new research initiative, starting with $100 million in 2014, to invent and refine new technologies to understand...

You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store
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You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store

Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.

Vcs Bet Big Bucks on Hadoop
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Vcs Bet Big Bucks on Hadoop

Venture capitalists are pouring millions of dollars into startups that are betting their futures on the powerful data tool called Hadoop. The tool holds promise...

The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind
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The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind

I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.

How the Science of Swarms Can Help ­s Fight Cancer and Predict the Future
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How the Science of Swarms Can Help ­s Fight Cancer and Predict the Future

The first thing to hit Iain Couzin when he walked into the Oxford lab where he kept his locusts was the smell, like a stale barn full of old hay.

Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven
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Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven

One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite, media-friendly...

Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists
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Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists

Federal investigators in Northern California routinely used a sophisticated surveillance system to scoop up data from cellphones and other wireless devices in an...

The Mayor's Geek Squad
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The Mayor's Geek Squad

It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes.

Yes, Your New Car Has A 'black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?
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Yes, Your New Car Has A 'black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?

If you're a vehicle owner and happen to have a car accident in the near future (we hope you don't), it's likely the crash details will be recorded.

The Future of the Internet Is Still Ads—and You're the Inventory
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The Future of the Internet Is Still Ads—and You're the Inventory

Ads pay for the Internet, or at least for what most of us do online.

Fighting Cancer With the Google Pagerank Algorithm. Sort Of.
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Fighting Cancer With the Google Pagerank Algorithm. Sort Of.

In cancer parlance, metastasize is a four-letter word.

Web Money Gets Laundering Rule
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Web Money Gets Laundering Rule

The U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to "virtual currencies," amid growing concern that new forms of cash bought on the Internet are being used to fund illicit...
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