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Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?
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Why Are the Batteries in Boeing's 787 Burning?

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has not had a charmed birth. While some of its problems—a windshield crack, minor fuel leaks—can easily be dealt with, the issues that have...

Iran Strengthened Cyber Capabilities After Stuxnet: U.s. General
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Iran Strengthened Cyber Capabilities After Stuxnet: U.s. General

Iran responded to a 2010 cyber attack on its nuclear facilities by beefing up its own cyber capabilities, and will be a "force to be reckoned with" in the future...

Can You Predict the Future By Reading Twitter? The Pentagon Thinks Maybe
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Can You Predict the Future By Reading Twitter? The Pentagon Thinks Maybe

The Defense Department wants new computer tools to analyze mounds of unstructured text, blogs, and tweets as part of a coordinated push to help military analysts...

­.s. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder
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­.s. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder

Who needs the freaky precogs of Minority Report to predict if someone’s likely to commit murder when you have an algorithm that can do it for you?

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Big Blue Is Still the Big Dog of Patents

Computing giant IBM has retained its position as the company granted the most patents in the year. It’s the 20th consecutive year that IBM has done so. 

Banks Seek Nsa Help Amid Attacks on Their Computer Systems
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Banks Seek Nsa Help Amid Attacks on Their Computer Systems

Major U.S. banks have turned to the National Security Agency for help protecting their computer systems after a barrage of assaults that have disrupted their Web...

Robocallers Stand Out in a Troll Through Chinese Cellphone Records
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Robocallers Stand Out in a Troll Through Chinese Cellphone Records

The availability of electronic records of communications, from the use of cellphones to chats in online games, has given social scientists new options for studying...

Cyberwar's Gray Market
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Cyberwar's Gray Market

Behind computer screens from France to Fort Worth, Texas, elite hackers hunt for security vulnerabilities worth thousands of dollars on a secretive unregulated...

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Malicious Virus Shuttered Power Plant: Dhs

A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a power company when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping...

NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock
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NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet.

Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race
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Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race

Latest figures show a sharp rise in patents filed to claim rights over different aspects of graphene since 2007, with a further spike last year.

Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches
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Facebook on Collision Course With Google on Web Searches

After years of collecting photos and personal data from its billion-plus members, Facebook Inc. Tuesday unveiled a search tool that sifts through people's profiles—and...

Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers
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Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers

Famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Google last month to work on "some of the hardest problems in computer science," specifically machine learning and...

Iranian Military Able to Repel Enemy Jamming, Electronic Attacks
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Iranian Military Able to Repel Enemy Jamming, Electronic Attacks

A senior Iranian army commander lauded the achievements of the country's Armed Forces in electronic warfare, stressing that Iran's military units can maintain communications...

When Huygens Met Titan
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When Huygens Met Titan

Eight years ago, the European Space Agency's Huygens bounced, slid, and wobbled its way to rest on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.

Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress
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Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress

There are plenty of Meg Whitman doubters out there. Some say the former EBay chief executive officer doesn't have the requisite big company experience to run a...

Andrew Schwartz: Brain Control For Artificial Limbs
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Andrew Schwartz: Brain Control For Artificial Limbs

When Jan Scheuermann grasped a chocolate bar and raised it to her mouth last year, it was a neuroscience breakthrough.

Oculus Rift: Deep Inside the Immersive, Disorienting Virtual Reality Gaming Experience
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Oculus Rift: Deep Inside the Immersive, Disorienting Virtual Reality Gaming Experience

We just met with the team behind the Oculus Rift, which started out as a DIY project that quickly morphed into into a Kickstarter success story.

Nasa's Robotic Refueling Demo Set to Jumpstart Expanded Capabilities in Space
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Nasa's Robotic Refueling Demo Set to Jumpstart Expanded Capabilities in Space

In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM, aboard the ...

Rocra Espionage Malware Campaign ­ncovered After Five Years of Activity
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Rocra Espionage Malware Campaign ­ncovered After Five Years of Activity

For five years, it hid in the weeds of networks used by Eastern European diplomats, government employees and scientific research organizations, stealing data and...
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