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Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid
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Nasa to Send Sample-Return Mission to Earth-Bound Asteroid

NASA has long wanted to send a mission to Mars to grab some of its surface and sling it back to Earth.

Map of Body's Protein-Folding Machinery Wins a Major Medical Prize
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Map of Body's Protein-Folding Machinery Wins a Major Medical Prize

It's speculation season once again for Nobel Prize watchers.

Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'
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Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'grandfather Paradox'

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne...

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon
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Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon

A replacement for the ordinary transistor may make it to market by the end of this decade, an event that will herald a radical redesign of traditional computer...

Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available
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Electric Grid, You Have Software ­pdates Available

The electric grid was designed as a one-way highway, with power cascading out from big power plants to cities and towns at the end of the line.

How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope
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How to Build an Earth-Size Telescope

Looking into the galactic center is hard.

Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable
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Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable

When your home computer is hacked, the things at risk are your identity, finances and other digital assets.

Could Atomically Thin Tin Transform Electronics?
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Could Atomically Thin Tin Transform Electronics?

Scientists have been trying to develop room-temperature superconductors—materials that conduct electrons with zero resistance, and do so without cumbersome, energy...

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
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Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions
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2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

What is actually happening at the atomic scale when two elements react?

Ella Gale: Building a Neuromorphic (brainlike) Computer
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Ella Gale: Building a Neuromorphic (brainlike) Computer

Ella Gale, one of the young researchers attending the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, says her interest is unconventional computing. 

Nsa Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged ­.s. Cryptography Standard
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Nsa Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged ­.s. Cryptography Standard

In the three months since Edward Snowden began his whistle-blowing campaign against the National Security Agency (NSA) the former government contractor has exposed...

Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer
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Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer

As computers have matured over time, the human brain has no way of keeping up with silicon's rapid-fire calculating abilities.

Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters
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Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters

Counterfeit electronics embedded in missile guidance systems and hundred-million-dollar aircraft have become a serious problem for the U.S. military and its contractors...

Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings
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Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings

When large airliners approach an airport for a landing, a combination of radio signals and high-intensity lighting shows the pilot exactly where the runway is,...

How Siri Makes Computers (and Coders) More Human
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How Siri Makes Computers (and Coders) More Human

Siri, a program in the latest Apple iPhone that can carry out a wide spectrum of vocal commands without requiring training or special syntax from the user, stands...

The $1,000 Human Genome?
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The $1,000 Human Genome?

The race to the $1,000 genome heated up today as Life Technologies, based in Carlsbad, Calif., announced it will debut a new sequencing machine this year that...

Panoramic Tool Lets ­sers Observe Dynamic Imagery
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Panoramic Tool Lets ­sers Observe Dynamic Imagery

New imagery available through Carnegie Mellon's GigaPan Time Machine lets users move in space and time to explore the sun, a beehive, or the chlorophyll content...

Why Math Works
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Why Math Works

Most of us take it for granted that math works—that scientists can devise formulas to describe subatomic events or that engineers can calculate paths for space­craft...

Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy
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Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy

Scientists that previously relied on time-shared access to high-performance computers to analyze large datasets are now turning to cloud-based services from the...
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