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Nasa Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface
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Nasa Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface

NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving.

Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions
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Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says Apple should have continued to use Google’s mapping application in iOS 6 instead of swapping it out for its poorly received home...

Why Your Next 'passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password
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Why Your Next 'passw0rd' Might Not Be a Password

It's been a rough year for passwords. First, 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked online. Soon after, millions of passwords from eHarmony and Yahoo users...

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­m Researchers Mine Data to ­ncover Terrorist Threats

U.S. counterterrorism efforts monitor and sort vast databases of information for clues on potential plots. Now a team of University of Maryland researchers have...

Hubble Goes to the Extreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the ­niverse
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Hubble Goes to the Extreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the ­niverse

Like photographers assembling a portfolio of best shots, astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe.

Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data
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Why Everyone (not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data

Hugo Campos has a cardiac defibrillator implanted in his body. It sends data about his heart to his doctors and back to the manufacturer, but it takes days to get...

Dbtoaster Breaks ­p Data Jams in Server Farms
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Dbtoaster Breaks ­p Data Jams in Server Farms

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne researchers have developed DBToaster, a system designed to improve the flow of database queries into server farms by accelerating...

Meet Mira, the Supercomputer That Makes ­niverses
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Meet Mira, the Supercomputer That Makes ­niverses

Cosmology is the most ambitious of sciences. Its goal, plainly stated, is to describe the origin, evolution, and structure of the entire universe, a universe that...

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.
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Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.

New Server Cooling Technology Deployed in Pilot Program at Calit2
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New Server Cooling Technology Deployed in Pilot Program at Calit2

Calit2 recently developed Cool-Flo, cooling technology that could improve energy efficiency and enable higher-performance computing.

Intel's Tiny Wi-Fi Chip Could Have a Big Impact
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Intel's Tiny Wi-Fi Chip Could Have a Big Impact

This month, Intel unveiled a Wi-Fi radio almost completely made of the same sort of transistors that go into one of its microprocessors.

Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target
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Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target

NASA's rover Curiosity touched a Martian rock with its robotic arm for the first time on Sept. 22, assessing what chemical elements are in the rock called "Jake...

Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking
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Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking

Facebook is working with a controversial data company called Datalogix that can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those...

Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky
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Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky

Facebook on Friday confronted a new obstacle over what to do with one of its most vital assets—pictures.

Official: Iran's N. Facilities Vaccinated Against Malwares
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Official: Iran's N. Facilities Vaccinated Against Malwares

Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali stressed that Iranian experts and engineers are fully capable of detecting and repelling...

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Iran Readies Domestic Internet System, Blocks Google

Iran plans to switch its citizens onto a domestic Internet network in what officials say is a bid to improve cyber security but which many Iranians fear is the...

Why Wi-Fi Is Often So Slow
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Why Wi-Fi Is Often So Slow

A number of Internet service providers, including Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., have recently upped the maximum speeds of broadband they offer...

For Energy-Efficient Hpc, Less Is More
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For Energy-Efficient Hpc, Less Is More

Intel researchers recently demonstrated their NTV technology by operating an x86 microprocessor on just two milliwatts of power.  

Digging For Drug Facts
From Communications of the ACM

Digging For Drug Facts

With the right approach, data mining can discover unexpected side effects and drug interactions.

Redesigning the Data Center
From Communications of the ACM

Redesigning the Data Center

Faced with rising electricity costs, leading companies have begun revolutionizing the way data centers work, from the hardware to the buildings themselves.
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