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Problem at the Polls: Tech Stuck in Past
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Problem at the Polls: Tech Stuck in Past

Election officials are facing a growing imperative to replace outdated voting technology to prepare for elections over the next decade.

The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security
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The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security

Does Bitcoin risk endangering the nation's safety? The Pentagon thinks it might.

Math Makes Mobile Maps Meaningful
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Math Makes Mobile Maps Meaningful

Researchers say a new method will ensure mathematically optimal adaptation of the labeling to the perspective and driving direction on digital maps. 

Dogs, Technology, and the Future of Disaster Response
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Dogs, Technology, and the Future of Disaster Response

The Smart Emergency Response System aims to use cyber-physical systems to share information and coordinate emergency and disaster response and recovery. 

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?
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Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Take a tour through the research laboratories at any university physics department or national lab, and much of what you will see defines "cutting edge."

Former Head of the Nsa and Commander of the ­S Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander
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Former Head of the Nsa and Commander of the ­S Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander

Recently retired director of the U.S. National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command General Keith Alexander was interviewed by Australian Financial...

First Life with 'alien' Dna
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First Life with 'alien' Dna

For billions of years, the history of life has been written with just four letters—A, T, C and G, the labels given to the DNA subunits contained in all organisms...

An Intelligent Vehicle That Can Detect Pedestrians at Nighttime
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An Intelligent Vehicle That Can Detect Pedestrians at Nighttime

Researchers have developed a pedestrian detection system for cars that works in low visibility conditions by capturing body heat with infrared cameras. 

Augmented Reality Gains Traction For Training
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Augmented Reality Gains Traction For Training

Training is one of the original applications of the technology.

The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home
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The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home

When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., will have an automated parking system with push-button...

Saving Crops and People With Bug Sensors
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Saving Crops and People With Bug Sensors

A new method of classifying insects could help protect crops from insect damage and limit the spread of insect-borne diseases. 

Surveying African Cities Using Twitter
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Surveying African Cities Using Twitter

Researchers are using Twitter to help determine quantitative information on economic activity, population counts, and other measures in developing countries.

Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems
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Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems

Researchers in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, working with colleagues at the University of Washington, have developed a new computer...

Cars That Look and Listen to Find Themselves a Parking Spot
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Cars That Look and Listen to Find Themselves a Parking Spot

Researchers affiliated with South Korea's Hanyang University are developing a system to fully automate the parking process, including helping find a parking space...

Transcending Artificial Intelligence
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Transcending Artificial Intelligence

While it can be a blast going to see the latest Hollywood sci-fi thriller, watching it along with a leading expert in the science and technology fields relevant...

Massachusetts Invests In Big Data Innovation
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Massachusetts Invests In Big Data Innovation

Massachusetts is providing $3 million in funding to launch its Open Cloud project to build a new public cloud computing infrastructure for big data innovation. 

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps
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Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM's all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?

A System Detects Global Trends in Social Networks Two Months in Advance
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A System Detects Global Trends in Social Networks Two Months in Advance

A new monitoring method identifies what information will be relevant on social networks as far as two months in advance. 

Fifty Years of Basic, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal
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Fifty Years of Basic, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it's a shame more people don't learn to do it.

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm
From ACM News

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm

At a bitcoin conference in Miami this January, Jeffrey Tucker, a laissez-faire economist and libertarian icon, made an unexpected observation.
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