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Open Enigma Project Makes Encryption Machines Accessible
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Open Enigma Project Makes Encryption Machines Accessible

Enigma machines have captivated everyone from legendary code breaker Alan Turing and the dedicated cryptographers from England's Bletchley Park to historians and...

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents
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In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a pill or a better mousetrap, you can patent it.

The Electronic Holy War
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The Electronic Holy War

In May, 1997, I.B.M.'s Deep Blue supercomputer prevailed over Garry Kasparov in a series of six chess games, becoming the first computer to defeat a world-champion...

Comet Lander Checks In with Earth
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Comet Lander Checks In with Earth

The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, has been re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Consortium Wants Standards For 'internet of Things'
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Consortium Wants Standards For 'internet of Things'

Attention: Internet of Things. For better or worse, big boys are in the room.

How Vintage Tech Helped ­S Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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How Vintage Tech Helped ­S Track the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

The saga of MH370, the Malaysian Airlines flight missing for more than two weeks, seems to be entering its final chapter.

All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates
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All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates

Security researchers have uncovered a new class of vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. 

DARPA to Mine 'big Code' to Improve Software Reliability
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DARPA to Mine 'big Code' to Improve Software Reliability

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks to address the software defects that underlie most system errors and security vulnerabilities.

Dwarf Planet Stretches Solar System's Edge
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Dwarf Planet Stretches Solar System's Edge

The Solar System just got a lot more far-flung.

The Virtual Genius of Oculus Rift
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The Virtual Genius of Oculus Rift

To understand why Oculus Rift matters, it helps to know who John Carmack is.

Building the Google of Blood, One Tube at a Time
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Building the Google of Blood, One Tube at a Time

The first shipment arrives at 4 A.M.

The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley
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The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley

If A robot bleeped and squeaked with personality like R2D2 from Star Wars, would you like it better?

Tiny Transistors For Extreme Environs
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Tiny Transistors For Extreme Environs

University of Utah electrical engineers have fabricated the smallest transistors that can withstand the temperatures and radiation found in a nuclear reactor. 

Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws
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Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws

The Internet Bug Bounty program recently paid $10,000 each to a pair of security researchers for vulnerabilities they found in Flash. 

Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?
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Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?

The universe is huge.

Mugshots Built from Dna Data
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Mugshots Built from Dna Data

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face.

This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Authorities are all but certain Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the south Indian Ocean in water that may be as deep as 23,000 feet.

College Basketball Data Aplenty for Those Who Can Afford It
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College Basketball Data Aplenty for Those Who Can Afford It

When Butler fell a precious few inches short of winning a national championship in 2010, its players took the court during that season believing they were the most...

Could Diamonds Be a Computer’s Best Friend?
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Could Diamonds Be a Computer’s Best Friend?

Researchers have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire, a finding that could lead to the material's use in computing. 

Quantum Rewrites the Rules of Computing
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Quantum Rewrites the Rules of Computing

Quantum computers are rewriting the rules of how computing works, but even the people developing them say they cannot explain how they work. 
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