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New Ways Bankers Are Spying on You
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New Ways Bankers Are Spying on You

Big Banker is watching you—more closely than ever.

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High-Tech Jobs Next Phase of Outsourcing?

In the latest phase of globalization, some economists say, Silicon Valley is in danger of losing a sizable piece of its knowledge-based industry to India in much...

Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America
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Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America

Among the scores of fabless chip companies and product design houses in Silicon Valley, Intel is a standout. It's an American high-tech company that not only...

Ftc's First Chief Technologist: Drm Basher Ed Felten
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Ftc's First Chief Technologist: Drm Basher Ed Felten

What do you get when you spend your academic career exposing broken DRM schemes, suing the recording industry when they try to silence you, showing the insecurity...

Money For Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House
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Money For Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House

Federal financing of science research, which has risen quickly since the Obama administration came to power, could fall back to pre-Obama levels if the incoming...

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Can Science Tell ­S Right From Wrong?

A distinguished panel will participate in "The Great Debate: Can Science Tell Us Right From Wrong?" this Saturday (Nov. 6) at Arizona State University.

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Um Researchers Are Studying Child-Mother Interactions to Design Robots With Social Skills

University of Miami developmental psychologists and computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego are studying the interaction between infants...

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Online Social Networks and Human Behavior

Online social networks have become important laboratories for social scientists. "The volume of online social networking is exploding, and it appears it is becoming...

Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?
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Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

American broadband capacity might not be able to keep up with everyone who wants to stream movies.

Obama's Chief Scientist Pushes National Broadband Plan
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Obama's Chief Scientist Pushes National Broadband Plan

John Holdren, the White House's top science and technology adviser, says the FCC's national broadband plan would lead to an improvement in the productivity of science...

Bogus Grass-Roots Politics on Twitter
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Bogus Grass-Roots Politics on Twitter

Data-mining techniques reveal fake Twitter accounts that give the impression of a vast political movement.

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A Day Seen Through Google Searches

Google likes to think of itself as the world's information barometer, the most complete repository of human intent as measured by the Internet search query. Around...

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Someone's Watching You

FX Labs has developed myUnity, a communications application that can tell users if a coworker is busy at the desk, talking on the phone, or has left the building...

Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool
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Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool

Korea Institute of Science and Technology researchers are building robots to provide English instruction to schoolchildren. The researchers say the goal is to...

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Driverless Vans End 8,000-Mile Test Drive to China

The European Research Council's 8,000-mile robotic car test, which began in Italy on July 20, came to a conclusion as four unmanned electric vans successfully completed...

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Why Rare Earth Metals Matter to Tech

A diplomatic dispute between Japan and China led China in September to temporarily suspend shipments of rare earth elements to Japan, a move that caused a spike...

Should We Be Worried About a Cyberwar?
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Should We Be Worried About a Cyberwar?

Some experts say that the real danger lies in confusing cyber espionage with cyber war.

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Helping New Medical Graduates to Prescribe Safely

Aston University researchers have developed a software-based program designed to ensure that new doctors prescribe medicine safely from their first day on the job...

Computer Software Program Allows Observation of Viruses
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Computer Software Program Allows Observation of Viruses

Two New Mexico State University scientists have developed software that generates approximate three-dimensional models of complex and unknown proteins, which could...

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Amid Criticism, Wikileaks Shifts Focus

When WikiLeaks launched with little fanfare in early 2007, its founders touted it as a unique collaboration that would rely on the same anyone-can-edit software...
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