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Hackers Attack Iranian Oil Ministry Website, Vital Data Remains Intact
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Hackers Attack Iranian Oil Ministry Website, Vital Data Remains Intact

A spokesman of the Iranian oil ministry confirmed a cyber attack on the ministry's data systems, but stressed that the Iranian oil industries' data has not been...

How Big Data Is Changing Astronomy (Again)
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How Big Data Is Changing Astronomy (Again)

Think of all the data humans have collected over the long history of astronomy, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Babylon to images—like the one here—taken...

What's a 'computer Vision Specialist' and Why Does Apple Need One?
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What's a 'computer Vision Specialist' and Why Does Apple Need One?

When Apple posted a job listing last week for a "Computer Vision specialist," the tech-obsessed echo chamber began speculating which Apple product line would be...

Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'
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Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'

The American firm says the innovation allows it to offer more computational power while using less energy.

Researchers Boost Efficiency of Multi-Hop Wireless Networks
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Researchers Boost Efficiency of Multi-Hop Wireless Networks

North Carolina State University researchers have developed centrality-based power control technology, which they say is a more efficient data transmission approach...

Iran Decodes U.S. Drone Intel
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Iran Decodes U.S. Drone Intel

Senior Iranian military officials announced that the country's experts have decoded the intelligence gathering system and memory hard discs of the United States'...

New Report Recommends NASA Rethink How It Avoids Contaminating Other Worlds
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New Report Recommends NASA Rethink How It Avoids Contaminating Other Worlds

Over the past several decades, there's been a stunning revolution in how we view the prospect of life on other planets.

Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking
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Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking

In early 1999, an associate computer science professor at UC Santa Barbara climbed the steps to the second floor headquarters of a small startup in Palo Alto, and...

Automating Scientific Discovery
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Automating Scientific Discovery

Computer scientists are teaching machines to run experiments, make inferences from the data, and use the results to conduct new experiments.

Robots Like Us
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Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn
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Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn

Karen Sandler has a big heart. And that's not just because she is head of the Gnome Foundation—a non-profit community group dedicated to making and giving away...

Digitally Possessed
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Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

Research Consortium Claims Solution For Multi-Core Scaling
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Research Consortium Claims Solution For Multi-Core Scaling

Hierarchical hardware coherence that remains transparent to application programs could be used to solve the scaling problem for next-generation processors, according...

Cassini Successfully Flies Over Enceladus
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Cassini Successfully Flies Over Enceladus

Cassini flew by Enceladus at an altitude of about 46 miles (74 kilometers). This flyby was designed primarily for the ion and neutral mass spectrometer to analyze...

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub
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Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub

Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital...

Artificial Intelligence Could Be on Brink of Passing Turing Test
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Artificial Intelligence Could Be on Brink of Passing Turing Test

One hundred years after Alan Turing was born, his eponymous test remains an elusive benchmark for artificial intelligence. Now, for the first time in decades, it's...

­WM Discovery Advances Graphene-Based Electronics
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­WM Discovery Advances Graphene-Based Electronics

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers have discovered a new carbon-based material that could lead to the next generation of electronics.  

Ghent ­niversity and Imec Report Open Source Software Release of Ipkiss
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Ghent ­niversity and Imec Report Open Source Software Release of Ipkiss

Researchers at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center and Ghent University recently launched IPKISS, a generic and modular open source software framework for...

Simulating Tomorrow's Chips
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Simulating Tomorrow's Chips

Most computer chips today have anywhere from four to 10 separate cores, or processing units, which can work in parallel, increasing the chips' efficiency. But the...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.
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