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China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things
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China Looks to Lead the Internet of Things

When architect James Law looks in the mirror each morning his reflection is not all that greets him—he can also see the weather report, email messages, and his...

25-Gpu Cluster Cracks Every Standard Windows Password in <6 Hours
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25-Gpu Cluster Cracks Every Standard Windows Password in <6 Hours

A password-cracking expert has unveiled a computer cluster that can cycle through as many as 350 billion guesses per second.

Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?
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Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?

Stick on a fake moustache. Add some glasses. Dye your hair. And perhaps pop on a hat.

IEDM: Moore's Law Seen Hitting Big Bump at 14-nm Node
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IEDM: Moore's Law Seen Hitting Big Bump at 14-nm Node

The lack of next-generation lithography could mean that chips made at the 14-nm process node will deliver as little as half the performance boost of a new node...

Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps
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Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps

There's a simple answer: people.

Research Seeks to Refine Data Transmission for Medical Diagnoses
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Research Seeks to Refine Data Transmission for Medical Diagnoses

University of Texas at Dallas professor Xiaohu Guo is researching the theoretical foundations of a type of spectral transformations for 3-D models and is developing...

7 Secret Ways America's Stealth Armada Stays Off the Radar
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7 Secret Ways America's Stealth Armada Stays Off the Radar

It's no secret how America's stealth warplanes primarily evade enemy radars.

More Radar, Less Radio for Safer Takeoffs And Landings
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More Radar, Less Radio for Safer Takeoffs And Landings

US Airways Flight 27 was roaring down Runway 15R at Boston's Logan Airport when a pickup truck suddenly pulled into its path.

Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm
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Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm

After the explosion, Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos awoke to see the October sun glinting through the water, an image so lovely he thought he was dreaming.

China Developing GPS-on-a-Shoestring Plan
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China Developing GPS-on-a-Shoestring Plan

When it comes to satellite navigation systems, everybody's gotta have one.

An Accelerometer So Good That Only Quantum Mechanics Limits It
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An Accelerometer So Good That Only Quantum Mechanics Limits It

We take it for granted now, but the fact that you can flip your phone from portrait to landscape mode depends on accelerometers. As everyone knows, though, the...

Researchers Develop Featherweight Chips That Dissolve in Water
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Researchers Develop Featherweight Chips That Dissolve in Water

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed integrated circuits that can stick to the skin and in some cases dissolve in water when they...

Buggy Software: Achilles Heel of Big-Data-Powered Science?
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Buggy Software: Achilles Heel of Big-Data-Powered Science?

Software defects are a growing concern in the scientific computing community. A recent workshop focusing on maintainable software practices discussed how software...

They Know What You're Shopping For
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They Know What You're Shopping For

Georgia resident Andy Morar is in the market for a BMW.

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.

Point of Light
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Point of Light

Caltech researchers have created a device that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers across, a breakthrough they say could lead to next-generation...

A Rising Tide of Noise Is Now Easy to See
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A Rising Tide of Noise Is Now Easy to See

When a hurricane forced the Nautilus to dive in Jules Verne’s "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," Captain Nemo took the submarine down to a depth of 25 fathoms...

Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits
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Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits

The small box inside Amanda Hubbard's chest beams all kinds of data about her faulty heart to the company that makes her defibrillator implant.

Federal Agency Wants Black Boxes in Every New Car By September 2014
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Federal Agency Wants Black Boxes in Every New Car By September 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new unified standard for event data recorders for cars, commonly known as "black boxes."

Iran: All Data of Captured U.S. RQ-170 Drone Decoded
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Iran: All Data of Captured U.S. RQ-170 Drone Decoded

A senior Iranian commander announced that the country has extracted all the data and information existing in the intelligence gathering systems of the United States'...
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