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What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You
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What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You

Anyone who has witnessed the megapixel one-upmanship in camera ads might think that computer chips run the show in digital photography.

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Smarter, Not Faster, Is the Future of Computing Research

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology's recently released report suggests that U.S. research funds would be better spent developing effective...

Email Gets an Instant Makeover
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Email Gets an Instant Makeover

Signs you’re an old fogey: You still watch movies on a VCR, listen to vinyl records and shoot photos on film. And you enjoy using email.

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To Attract the Next Google, the City Seeks a New College

Worried that New York City is not spawning enough technology-based start-up companies with the potential to become big employers like Google, city officials are...

An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math
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An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math

Papyrus, parchment, paper ... videotape, DVDs, Blu-ray discs—long after all these materials have crumbled to dust, the first recording medium of all, the cuneiform...

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U.s. Tries to Build Case For Conspiracy By Wikileaks

Federal prosecutors, seeking to build a case against the WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange for his role in a huge dissemination of classified government documents...

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I.b.m. Supercomputer 'watson' to Challenge 'jeopardy' Stars

An I.B.M. supercomputer system named after the company’s founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr., is almost ready for a televised test: a bout of questioning on the quiz...

Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data
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Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data

Almost two years ago, President Obama pledged $19 billion in stimulus incentives to help convert the nation’s doctors and hospitals to using a paperless system...

With Video Everywhere, Stark Evidence Is on Trial
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With Video Everywhere, Stark Evidence Is on Trial

In a world that is always on camera, the centuries-old courtroom experience is becoming a lot more complicated.

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Cyberattacks Are Retaliation for Pressure on WikiLeaks

A small army of activist hackers orchestrated a broad campaign of cyberattacks on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks,...

Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators
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Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

With China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries...

Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft
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Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft

The government warns Americans to closely guard their Social Security numbers. But it has done a poor job of protecting those same numbers for millions of people...

Math Puzzles
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Math Puzzles

I met a man with seven wives. ...” You may know this singsong quiz, But what you might not know is this: That it began with ancient Egypt’s Early math-filled manuscripts...

Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web
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Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web

As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top...

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WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Cyberattacks

An American provider of Internet domain names withdrew its service to the WikiLeaks Web site late Thursday after a barrage of attacks by hackers threatened to...

War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat
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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers
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Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers

QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and email newsletters on a variety...

With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties
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With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties

When Oliver Kreylos, a computer scientist, heard about the capabilities of Microsoft's new Kinect gaming device, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on it. "I dropped...

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Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program

The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that...

Where Cinema and Biology Meet
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Where Cinema and Biology Meet

When Robert A. Lue considers the "Star Wars" Death Star, his first thought is not of outer space, but inner space.
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