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Hard-Coded Password and Other Security Holes Found in Siemens Control Systems
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Hard-Coded Password and Other Security Holes Found in Siemens Control Systems

A security researcher has uncovered a slew of vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems, including a hard-coded password, that would let attackers...

Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can
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Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can

Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded—even when users block...

Here's How U.s. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics
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Here's How U.s. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics

Iarpa, the intelligence community’s way-out research shop, wants to know where you took that vacation picture over the Fourth of July. It wants to know where...

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Document: Fbi Surveillance Geeks Fear, Love New Gadgets

Can't wait for 4G to become the ubiquitous standard for mobile communication? On the edge of your seat for the unveiling of Microsoft's secret Menlo Project and...

Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells
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Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells

Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers...

For 'creativity,' Just Add 'crowd'
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For 'creativity,' Just Add 'crowd'

Stevens Institute of Technology researcher Jeffery Nickerson is studying how to use crowdsourcing to produce creative ideas. 

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Stanford

What better way to combine your nerdy loves of computer programming and Star Wars than with a robot that can actually battle with a light saber?

Why Brains Get Creeped Out By Androids
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Why Brains Get Creeped Out By Androids

We've all found ourselves in the uncanny valley before. It's that uneasy feeling you get when viewing a realistic humanoid or CGI person that’s so close to looking...

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DARPA Searches For Life

There’s a hidden clock that underlies every process of every living thing—from when our cells start dividing to how quickly we age. Researchers at Darpa, the...

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History
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How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History

It was January 2010, and investigators with the International Atomic Energy Agency had just completed an inspection at the uranium enrichment plant outside Natanz...

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Spies Want to Mine Your Tweets For Signs of the Next Tsunami

The intelligence community has seen the future, and the future is Google Trends. Actually, more like a highly sophisticated version of Google Trends, with Twitter...

Killer Drones, Stealth Jets, Spy Planes: Bob Gates
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Killer Drones, Stealth Jets, Spy Planes: Bob Gates

On his way out the door at the Pentagon, Robert Gates leveled with the military. A staggering $700 billion in defense R&D and gear since 9/11 led to only "...

Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines
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Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Air Force had a world monopoly on radar-evading technology—and with it, a huge advantage over any rival. Several generations...

Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco
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Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco

When Carolyn Porco started exploring the outer solar system, it was all about the rings. Her 1983 doctoral thesis at Caltech focused on shifting spokes in Saturn’s...

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DARPA Crowdsources Interstellar Travel

Last August, a bunch of Star Wars fans pestered NASA about a timetable for building a hyperdrive engine. Maybe someone was listening. In May, the Defense Advanced...

How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years
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How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years

High on a rocky ridge in the desert, nestled among 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, is the topmost part of a clock that has been ticking for thousands of years...

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Nanomagnetic Computers Are the ­ltimate in Efficiency

Nanomagnetic computers would break the second law of thermodynamics if they used any less energy, according to new calculations from a team led by the University...

Nanomagnetic Computers Are the ­ltimate in Efficiency
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Nanomagnetic Computers Are the ­ltimate in Efficiency

Computers that run on chips made from tiny magnets may be as energy-efficient as physics permits.

Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War
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Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War

Know how to Tweet? Or how to put words into the mouths of foreign security functionaries? If so, the U.S. Army wants you to help un-quagmire the Afghanistan war...

Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding
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Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding

NASA's next Mars rover faces looming technical, financial, and scheduling challenges before its planned launch in November, according to an internal audit released...
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