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Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo
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Herb: A Robot That Can ­nload a Dishwasher and (sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo

The Home Exploring Robot Butler has advanced manipulation skills that enable it to perform multiple functions. 

Fcc Unveils 'new Regulatory Paradigm' For Defeating Hackers
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Fcc Unveils 'new Regulatory Paradigm' For Defeating Hackers

The Federal Communications Commission is working to expand its role among federal agencies charged with protecting U.S. networks from cyberattacks. 

Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies
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Submarines for Saturn, Comet Hitchhikers, Asteroid Wranglers and Other Space Fantasies

If you thought Elon Musk was the only person coming up with innovative ideas for the exploration of outer space, you'd be wrong.

11 Amazing Images from High-Powered Microscopes
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11 Amazing Images from High-Powered Microscopes

Thanks to high-powered microscopes we’re able to see life in incredible detail.

'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions
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'smart Pills' with Chips, Cameras, and Robotic Parts Raise Legal, Ethical Questions

Each morning around 6, Mary Ellen Snodgrass swallows a computer chip.

Fcc Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be 'commercially Unreasonable'
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Fcc Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be 'commercially Unreasonable'

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says the FCC could take action to block the emergence of Internet fast lanes, or "paid prioritization." 

When Driverless Cars Crash, Who's to Blame?
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When Driverless Cars Crash, Who's to Blame?

Self-driving cars have an undeniable allure: Think of all the fun things you could do if you didn't have to keep your eyes on the road!

Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election
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Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election

Google long ago went from being a mere directory of the Internet to a shaper of online reality, helping determine what we see and how.

Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts
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Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts

Chad Bouton snapped awake at 5 a.m.

Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment
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Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment

Twitter is full of relative junk: tweets you don't want to read from people you're not all that interested in knowing, almost all of them chiming in on topics (see ...

A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"
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A Veteran Programmer Explains How the Stock Market Became "Rigged"

A small group of financial firms are using their technological superiority to skim the top off the market, Michael Lewis claims in his new book "Flash Boys."

In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents
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In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits the Question of Software Patents

If you write a book or a song, you can get copyright protection for it. If you invent a pill or a better mousetrap, you can patent it.

Why Mh370 Could Still Talk to Satellites After Its Other Comms Went Dark
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Why Mh370 Could Still Talk to Satellites After Its Other Comms Went Dark

It's the latest mystery in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Was a key communications system on board the plane disabled before or after the co-pilot calmly...

Obama's Big Plan to Protect Businesses from Cyberattack
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Obama's Big Plan to Protect Businesses from Cyberattack

It's been a long time coming, and some experts say it isn't enough.

New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time
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New Surveillance Technology Can Track Everyone in an Area for Several Hours at a Time

Shooter and victim were just a pair of pixels, dark specks on a gray streetscape. 

One Day an Elevator Might Ask—are You Getting On?
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One Day an Elevator Might Ask—are You Getting On?

Microsoft researchers have enabled elevators in a company building to detect the likelihood that a person walking by will want to board it.

This Company Sold Google a Quantum Computer. Here's How It Works.
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This Company Sold Google a Quantum Computer. Here's How It Works.

I thought it would be interesting to hear from D-Wave, a start-up that has raised more than $130 million in venture capital and employs over 100 people.

Confused About the Nsa's Quantum Computing Project? This MIT Computer Scientist Can Explain.
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Confused About the Nsa's Quantum Computing Project? This MIT Computer Scientist Can Explain.

My Washington Post colleagues have reported on a National Security Agency program to to build a quantum computer.

The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse
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The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse

Google X is responsible for some of Google's most literally fantastic projects: Google Glass, self-driving cars, gigantic inflatable balloons that beam Internet...

Here's What the Morris Worm Prosecutor Thinks About Aaron Swartz
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Here's What the Morris Worm Prosecutor Thinks About Aaron Swartz

It was 25 years ago Tuesday that The New York Times first named 23-year-old Cornell graduate student Robert Morris as the culprit behind what became known as the...
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