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Gadgets the Pentagon Made

The cool voice assistant that runs on the iPhone 4S? Years ago, someone thought what Apple calls Siri would be a valuable tool for the military. Come to think...

Take Control of Your Phone's Sensors
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Take Control of Your Phone's Sensors

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab have developed Funf, a phone-based data collection system for self-tracking applications. 

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Patent Lawyer Demand Rises Following ­.s. Legislative Overhaul

 Patent attorneys, who typically have degrees in fields such as engineering as well as law, are in such demand that their specialty may account for more than 15...

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Coming Soon: The Drone Arms Race

At the Zhuhai air show in southeastern China last November, Chinese companies startled some Americans by unveiling 25 different models of remotely controlled aircraft...

Reverse Brain Drain
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Reverse Brain Drain

A reverse brain drain is occurring in the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields as U.S. immigration laws discourage foreign nationals who...

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White House Orders New Computer Security Rules

The White House plans to issue an executive order on Friday to replace a flawed patchwork of computer security safeguards exposed by the disclosure of hundreds...

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How Many Security Clearances Have Been Issued?

More than 4.2 million people have security clearances for access to classified information, a number that vastly outstrips previous estimates and nearly rivals...

Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)
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Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)

If anyone can be said to represent the spirit of an entrepreneurial generation, the man to beat for now is the charismatic cofounder and chairman of Apple Computer...

Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56
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Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies...

Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems
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Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems

All it took was one click of a mouse from the CEO of the ACME Chemical company.

Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face
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Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face

Perhaps the idea of spy drones already makes your nervous. Maybe you’re uncomfortable with the notion of an unblinking, robotic eye in the sky that can watch...

Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment
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Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment

Despite a higher-than-normal rate of unemployment and a weak economy, salaries for engineers are on the upswing. 

Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents
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Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents

The Supreme Court’s 2011–2012 term began Oct. 3 with arguments on the docket concerning everything from television profanity to warrantless GPS surveillance.

How to Hatch a Dinosaur
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How to Hatch a Dinosaur

People have told Jack Horner he’s crazy before, but he has always turned out to be right.

New Software Brings Science to Life For Young People
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New Software Brings Science to Life For Young People

Researchers at the Economic and Social Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have developed nQuire, a software toolkit that...

Electronic Elections: One App, One Vote
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Electronic Elections: One App, One Vote

Rice University researchers led by Bryan Campbell have designed an iPhone app that will allow voters to cast their ballots with their smartphones. 

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On the Front Line Against the Next Stuxnet

Something has gone terribly wrong on the plant floor at ACME Specialty Chemical International Inc.

Women in Science? Universities Don't Make the Grade
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Women in Science? Universities Don't Make the Grade

Efforts to close the gap between men and women in STEM fields often focus on students instead of faculty and institutional structures, according to  a study that...

Ready For the Robot Revolution?
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Ready For the Robot Revolution?

Robots are about to invade our lives. From performing household chores, to entertaining and educating our children, to looking after the elderly, roboticists...

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Making Research Careers More Family-Friendly: White House and Nsf Announce New Policies

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the Career-Life Balance Initiative, which gives researchers more flexibility in the workplace and helps remove...
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