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Rosetta Is Tailing a Warming Comet
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Rosetta Is Tailing a Warming Comet

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft caught up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last August, then dropped a lander onto the comet in November. Now...

Shrill? To N.c.a.a. Tournament Referees, It's Symphonic
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Shrill? To N.c.a.a. Tournament Referees, It's Symphonic

Susan Mueller, a flutist and the chairwoman of the Nevada-Las Vegas music department, examined the referee's whistle in her hand.

A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It's Secret
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A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It's Secret

A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials...

If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?
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If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?

Let me hazard a guess that you think a real person has written what you're reading. Maybe you're right. Maybe not.

To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea
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To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea

Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality, which promises to immerse people in 3-D games and video.

Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching Reruns
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Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching Reruns

It's "Groundhog Day" in the cosmos.

Researchers Report Milestone in Developing Quantum Computer
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Researchers Report Milestone in Developing Quantum Computer

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Google reported on Wednesdayin the journal Nature that they had made a significant advance that...

Pentagon Shops in Silicon Valley For Game Changers
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Pentagon Shops in Silicon Valley For Game Changers

A small group of high-ranking Pentagon officials made a quiet visit to Silicon Valley in December to solicit national security ideas from start-up firms with little...

Building a Face, and a Case, on Dna
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Building a Face, and a Case, on Dna

There were no known eyewitnesses to the murder of a young woman and her 3-year-old daughter four years ago. No security cameras caught a figure coming or going.

Document Reveals Growth of Cyberwarfare Between the ­.S. and Iran
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Document Reveals Growth of Cyberwarfare Between the ­.S. and Iran

A newly disclosed National Security Agency document illustrates the striking acceleration of the use of cyberweapons by the United States and Iran against eachnuclear...

Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker
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Hoping Google's Lab Is a Rainmaker

Google's research arm, Google X, is called the company's Moonshot Factory. One reason the company picked the word "Moonshot" was to remind people to tackle big...

New Rules in China ­pset Western Tech Companies
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New Rules in China ­pset Western Tech Companies

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to...

Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way For the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99
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Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way For the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure...

Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander
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Rosetta Finds Out Much About a Comet, Even With a Wayward Lander

Photographs and data from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have provided an unprecedented close-up examination of a comet, but there is one thing...

Even Elusive Animals Leave Dna, and Clues, Behind
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Even Elusive Animals Leave Dna, and Clues, Behind

You wouldn't think hellbenders would be hard to find: The gargantuan salamanders, the biggest amphibians in North America, can grow up to 30 inches long.

Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are For Hire Online
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Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are For Hire Online

A man in Sweden says he will pay up to $2,000 to anyone who can break into his landlord’s website.

The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score
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The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score

The characters in Gary Shteyngart's novel "Super Sad True Love Story" inhabit a continuously surveilled and scored society.

Innovators of Intelligence Look to Past
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Innovators of Intelligence Look to Past

Inside the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, known as AI2, everything is a gleaming architectural white.

Hacked vs. Hackers: Game On
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Hacked vs. Hackers: Game On

Paul Kocher, one of the country's leading cryptographers, says he thinks the explanation for the world's dismal state of digital security may lie in two charts.

To Lure Young, Movie Theaters Shake, Smell and Spritz
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To Lure Young, Movie Theaters Shake, Smell and Spritz

Having tried 3-D films, earsplitting sound systems and even alcohol sales in pursuit of younger moviegoers, some theater chains are now installing undulating seats...
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