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­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast
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­nderwater Drones Are Multiplying Fast

The next army of unmanned drones are scurrying beneath the ocean's surface.

Medicine That Monitors You
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Medicine That Monitors You

They look like normal pills, oblong and a little smaller than a daily vitamin.

Keeping Computers Cool From the Inside
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Keeping Computers Cool From the Inside

New techniques could cut the power required to avoid overheating.

All the Items Fit to Print
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All the Items Fit to Print

3-D printing has come of age. It promises to revolutionize a wide range of industries and profoundly change the way people buy and consume.

Backing Creativity
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Backing Creativity

Hacker spaces are spreading around the world, though some government funding is raising questions.

Google Street View Maps First Skyscraper, Dubai's Burj-Khalifa
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Google Street View Maps First Skyscraper, Dubai's Burj-Khalifa

For years, the Google Street View team has captured the world's most interesting places and put the 360-degree imagery on Google Maps for the world to experience...

The Most Amazing Map You'll See Today (no Matter What Day It Is)
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The Most Amazing Map You'll See Today (no Matter What Day It Is)

There are many way to celebrate your 70th birthday.

A New Method that Is 700 Times Faster Than the Norm Is Developed to Magnify Digital Images
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A New Method that Is 700 Times Faster Than the Norm Is Developed to Magnify Digital Images

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can magnify images 700 times faster than conventional methods. 

Sandia Hosts Annual Robot Rodeo
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Sandia Hosts Annual Robot Rodeo

The Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise draws bomb squad teams to see who can most effectively use robots to defuse dangerous situations. 

Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes
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Huge Holograms Offer Medics More Memorable Classes

A system which uses giant holograms to help medical students master their subject has been pioneered by two London-based junior doctors.

Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders
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Web's Reach Binds N.s.a. and Silicon Valley Leaders

When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter, or a similar Silicon Valley concern...

What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like
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What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

It is the rare entrepreneur who hits it truly big twice. Those who do—such as Ev Williams, Ted Turner, and Elon Musk—tend to stay within the original industry that...

Seeing the Human Pulse
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Seeing the Human Pulse

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new algorithm that can accurately measure the heart rates of people...

Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet
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Sizing ­p Big Data, Broadening Beyond the Internet

In his young career, Jeffrey Hammerbacher has been a scout on the frontiers of the data economy.

Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains
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Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains

Nvidia, trying to move its graphics chips into the supercomputing market, has found a niche helping engineers build brain-like systems called neural networks.

Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure
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Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure

In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information...

Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover
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Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great...

3D Printing Powered By Thought
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3D Printing Powered By Thought

It's definitely not a bird. Nor is it a plane. The garish orange piece of plastic, small enough to hold in the palm of a hand, could pass for a missing limb of...

The Secret War
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The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.

Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge
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Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.
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