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Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists
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Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists

Among the most exciting destinations in the Solar System are Jupiter's icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics
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Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy's lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics
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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky
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Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged...

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer
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Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel.

Microsoft Builds a Digital 'monkey' to Hunt Fraudulent Ads
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Microsoft Builds a Digital 'monkey' to Hunt Fraudulent Ads

Researchers have developed technology, known as a digital monkey, that can detect and counter fraudulent advertisements on a large scale. 

Pay with Your Fingerprint
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Pay with Your Fingerprint

Anyone with an iPhone 5 can use its fingerprint reader to unlock the device and pay for apps or music in Apple's iTunes store.

Graphene Helps Copper Wires Keep Their Cool
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Graphene Helps Copper Wires Keep Their Cool

When people in the chip industry talk about the thermal problems in computer processors, they get dramatic.

Spinoffs from Spyland
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Spinoffs from Spyland

It takes more than a little tradecraft to spin off a startup from the National Security Agency.

Three Questions For Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing's Top Prize
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Three Questions For Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing's Top Prize

This year's winner of the Turing Award—often referred to as the Nobel Prize of computing—was announced yesterday as Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist whose research...

Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do
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Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do

Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time.

Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future
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Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future

It's been almost 30 years since the computer scientist Jaron Lanier formed VPL Research, the first company to sell the high-tech goggles and gloves that once defined...

Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof
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Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof

One of the common myths about the Internet is that it was originally designed during the Cold War to survive nuclear attack.

An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling
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An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling

Igor Spetic's hand was in a fist when it was severed by a forging hammer three years ago as he made an aluminum jet part at his job.

Augmented Reality Gets to Work
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Augmented Reality Gets to Work

For Thomas Caudell, it started with a desire to make it easier to build airplanes.

Marginally ­seful
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Marginally ­seful

Bitcoin, a purely digital currency, is backed by no commodity and governed by no central bank, but it exists because a small number of humans have chosen to believe...

Yahoo Expands Research Labs in Search of Personalized, Mobile Experiences
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Yahoo Expands Research Labs in Search of Personalized, Mobile Experiences

There are many conflicting opinions about what troubled Web giant Yahoo must do to turn itself around, but critics and company leaders at least agree on one thing...

A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling
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A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling

A Dutch man who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident nine years ago is now able to feel different kinds of pressure on three fingers of a prosthetic, robotic...

'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets
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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets

Ari Juels, an independent researcher who was previously chief scientist at computer security company RSA, thinks something important is missing from the cryptography...

Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?
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Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?

How much are a dozen deep-learning researchers worth?
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