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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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Wireless Network Can Watch Your Breathing

University of Utah researchers have found that wireless signals can indicate if people in the area are breathing. The researchers surrounded a volunteer with...

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Will Advanced Biometrics Automate Future War Machines?

At the recent Biometric Consortium Conference, researchers unveiled several prototypes of advanced camera-based systems that could be used to remotely capture...

Dealing With an Identity Hijacked on the Online Highway
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Dealing With an Identity Hijacked on the Online Highway

Despite his prominent position as a Republican candidate for president, Rick Santorum has lost control of his online identity. And for all the snickering online...

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Idaho Laboratory Analyzed Stuxnet Computer Virus

Behind the doors of a nondescript red brick and gray building of the Idaho National Laboratory is the malware laboratory where government cyber experts analyzed...

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Brain Imaging Reveals What You're Watching

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed an algorithm that can be applied to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) imagery to show...

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In China, Business Travelers Take Extreme Precautions to Avoid Cyber-Espionage

Packing for business in China? Bring your passport and business cards, but maybe not that laptop loaded with contacts and corporate memos.

Data Mining For Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge
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Data Mining For Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge

University of Minnesota's Vipin Kumar and colleagues want to integrate computer scientists into the effort to address climate change, ecosystem health, and global...

Will Super Wi-Fi Live ­p to Its Name?
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Will Super Wi-Fi Live ­p to Its Name?

It's likely that a few years from now, Americans' laptops, smart phones, and other wireless devices will be able to get online using "Super Wi-Fi," a new standard...

Data Mining ­ncovers New Connections Between Health Problems
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Data Mining ­ncovers New Connections Between Health Problems

Researchers in Denmark are using data mining techniques to uncover new connections between health problems as seemingly unrelated as migraines and hair loss.

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Setting Boundaries For Internet Privacy

Watchful European privacy regulators are wielding increasing influence beyond the Continent’s borders.

New Targets For the Control of Hiv Are Predicted ­sing a Novel Computational Analysis
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New Targets For the Control of Hiv Are Predicted ­sing a Novel Computational Analysis

Virginia Tech researchers have developed a computational approach that can predict several human proteins that the human immunodeficiency virus requires to replicate...

'stingray' Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash
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'stingray' Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash

For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply "the Hacker." Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were...
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