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Could Brain Training Prevent Dementia?
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Could Brain Training Prevent Dementia?

It's been a lousy couple of years for researchers who study the effects of computerized brain training.

Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies
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Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields are developing at a rapid pace and may lead...

Chilling the Messenger
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Chilling the Messenger

Keeping ego out of software-design review.

Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy
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Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War For ­ser Privacy

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft....

In China, a Robot's Place Is in the Kitchen
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In China, a Robot's Place Is in the Kitchen

Wang Peixin has seen the future, and he's sure it features robots serving up fried dumplings.

Snowden: 'i Never Thought I'd Be Saved' After Nsa Leaks
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Snowden: 'i Never Thought I'd Be Saved' After Nsa Leaks

When Edward Snowden leaked highly classified secrets about government spying, he changed the way the world thinks of cybersecurity.

America Wants to Believe China Can't Innovate. Tech Tells a Different Story.
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America Wants to Believe China Can't Innovate. Tech Tells a Different Story.

Silicon Valley may be powered by organic kale, but when Chinese tech gurus gather at 3W, a coffee shop-slash-incubator in the Chinese capital, they want sunflower...

Rise of the Ag-Bots Will Not Sow Seeds of ­nemployment
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Rise of the Ag-Bots Will Not Sow Seeds of ­nemployment

Larry Stap's fifth-generation family dairy farm has come a long way since his great grandfather established it in Lynden, Wash., in 1910.

How MIT Gave 'ghostbusters' Its 'geek Cred'
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How MIT Gave 'ghostbusters' Its 'geek Cred'

The energetic researchers who grounded the new "Ghostbusters" in hard science—giving it "geek cred"—are using a flurry of media attention to alter public perceptions...

Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet
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Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet

A failed coup attempt in Turkey, which began during the evening of July 15, was apparently coordinated using the WhatsApp mobile messaging service, according to...

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals
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This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

When historians look back at the turmoil over prejudice and policing in the U.S. over the past few years, they're unlikely to dwell on the case of Eric Loomis.

The Return of Arthur C. Clarke's Fantastic Vision of Jupiter
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The Return of Arthur C. Clarke's Fantastic Vision of Jupiter

The Juno space probe is now in orbit around Jupiter, meaning space buffs around the world are eagerly awaiting whatever new data the probe sends back.

Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds
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Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds

If you've installed the iOS 10 public beta since it came out last week, you’ll know that compatible iPads come loaded with the "Swift Playgrounds" app that Apple...

Pokémon Go Will Make You Crave Augmented Reality
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Pokémon Go Will Make You Crave Augmented Reality

It started as an April Fool's joke.

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics
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Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics

Hanns Tappeiner types a few lines of code into his laptop and hits "return."

Nasa's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.
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Nasa's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.

Memory-foam mattresses. The breathing devices firefighters wear. And infrared ear thermometers that give near-instant readings.

In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves
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In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?

Lessons From the Tesla Crash
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Lessons From the Tesla Crash

A recent fatal crash in Florida involving a Tesla Model S is an example of how a new technology designed to make cars safer could, in some cases, make them more...

Stuxnet the Movie: The ­.s. Has Pwned Iran
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Stuxnet the Movie: The ­.s. Has Pwned Iran

The new documentary about Stuxnet, 'Zero Days,' says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has compromised the country's...

Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police
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Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police

When a police robot killed suspect Micah Johnson in Dallas early Friday morning, it was likely an unprecedented event.
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