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Learning: No Longer a Textbook Case
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Learning: No Longer a Textbook Case

Wake Forest University researchers are using emerging technologies to develop a new teaching method that better engages students who have learning disabilities...

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Best Practices For Keeping Your Home Network Secure

The cyber threat is no longer limited to your office network and work persona.

How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold
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How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold

Last week, after the Sony PlayStation Network was attacked by a group of unknown hackers, Sony's 77 million customers, along with security specialists and government...

Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)
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Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)

As U.S. special forces assaulted Osama bin Laden's walled compound in Pakistan, a Twitter user was already recording a rough outline of the events to come.  Sohaib...

Europe Leads in Pushing For Privacy of User Data
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Europe Leads in Pushing For Privacy of User Data

Europe is preparing to the lead the way in establishing new regulations for user data privacy, with plans to propose extending EU-wide rules about privacy breaches...

Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing
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Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing

Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, paperless for more than a decade, envisions data centers saturated with information and services readily available via the...

Congress to Examine Icann Plan
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Congress to Examine Icann Plan

The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet is scheduled to hold a hearing on the Internet Corporation for Assigned...

Facebook Helps Tornado Victims Find Lost Items
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Facebook Helps Tornado Victims Find Lost Items

People who have found items in the aftermath of the tornadoes that recently ripped through the southeastern United States are using Facebook to find the items'...

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Facebook "the most appalling spying machine ever invented" in an interview with Russia Today, pointing to the popular social...

Pacific Biosciences' $600 Million Decoder Ring
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Pacific Biosciences' $600 Million Decoder Ring

On Apr. 28, in a factory in Menlo Park, Calif., a few black and white machines were being assembled and prepped to go into shipping crates. The machines looked...

Autonomous Computers to Recognize and Thwart Cyberthreats
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Autonomous Computers to Recognize and Thwart Cyberthreats

Bruce McConnell, senior counselor for cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, suggests that computers should be involved in protecting themselves...

Csi Bin Laden: Commandos Use Thumb, Eye Scans to Track Terrorists
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Csi Bin Laden: Commandos Use Thumb, Eye Scans to Track Terrorists

The U.S. forces that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound were more than expert marksmen. Some of them were forensics experts as well, using sophisticated...

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Conspiracies Say Bin Laden Lives

The decision to drop terror chieftain Osama bin Laden’s corpse into the Arabian Sea was the final meticulous step in a raid whose details were calculated to exert...

How Do They Know He Was Bin Laden?
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How Do They Know He Was Bin Laden?

Details about the daring U.S. raid on the fortified compound that led to the death of Osama bin Laden are still scarce. But it's already clear the mission was...

Bin Laden's Villa Lacked Internet, Phone Service
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Bin Laden's Villa Lacked Internet, Phone Service

The absence of Internet and telephone service at Osama bin Laden's $1 million hiding place helped tip off intelligence experts that the Al Qaeda leader was indeed...

Computer Algorithm May Speed Drug Discovery
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Computer Algorithm May Speed Drug Discovery

University of California, San Diego  researchers have developed a computer algorithm that has the potential to accelerate drug discovery.

Sohaib Athar
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Sohaib Athar

According to his Twitter stream @reallyvirtual, Sohaib Athar moved from Lahore, Pakistan to the resort town of Abbottabad to take a break from the rat race. It...

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The Ph.d. Problem: Are We Giving Out Too Many Degrees?

In developed nations, the number of Ph.D.s given in the sciences each year has grown by almost 40% since 1998, reaching about 34,000 doctorates in 2008. This...

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A Glimpse Inside Google's Beijing Headquarters

Google may appear to be under siege in China, but a sense of normalcy—Google style—pervades the company's headquarters here.

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Court Hears Arguments In Data Mining Case

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split on Tuesday as it considered a case testing state limits on data mining. At issue is whether states can bar the buying, selling...
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