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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

Town Built For Driverless Cars
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Town Built For Driverless Cars

A mocked-up set of busy streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide the sternest test yet for self-driving cars.

What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious
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What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious

Christof Koch says it is possible people will some day create conscious machines, but they may not look as expected. 

What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious
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What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess "feel" anything?

Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology
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Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

The White House said that President Obama's BRAIN Initiative is generating interest from companies and philanthropies in a sign of what it calls a wider partnership...

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport
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How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport

If you've ever watched soccer, you'll know of the subtle differences in tactics and formation between different teams.

Data Mining Reveals How Social Coding Succeeds (and Fails)
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Data Mining Reveals How Social Coding Succeeds (and Fails)

The process of developing software has undergone huge transformation in the last decade or so.

Networked Home Gadgets Offer Hackers New Opportunities
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Networked Home Gadgets Offer Hackers New Opportunities

Connecting a new home appliance to a personal Wi-Fi network or broadband modem could increase the risk that data will be taken from other computers in the house...

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging
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In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its sometimes cavalier...

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
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A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s...

Malware Traffic Spikes Preceded Russian and Israeli Conflicts
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Malware Traffic Spikes Preceded Russian and Israeli Conflicts

A study of malware operating on corporate and government networks suggests that the communication patterns of these programs could warn of major conflicts.

A Room Where Executives Go to Get Help from IBM's Watson
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A Room Where Executives Go to Get Help from IBM's Watson

IBM researchers are experimenting with a room where executives can go to discuss business problems with a version of the Watson supercomputing system.

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?
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How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else...

Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law
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Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law

These are challenging times for computer chip engineers.

Israeli Rocket Defense System Is Failing at Crucial Task, Expert Analysts Say
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Israeli Rocket Defense System Is Failing at Crucial Task, Expert Analysts Say


Ibm: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon
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Ibm: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon

For more than a decade, engineers have been fretting that they are running out of tricks for continuing to shrink silicon transistors.

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race
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The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race

One of the great benefits of quantum communication is the ability to send messages from one point in space to another with perfect security.

Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D
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Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D

Google's Project Tango prototype Android smartphone could make it easier, faster, and less expensive to scan and map the world in 3D. 

How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic
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How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic

"In the early morning hours of June 1, 2009, Air France Flight AF 447, with 228 passengers and crew aboard, disappeared during stormy weather over the Atlantic...

How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage
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How the ­.s. Could Escalate Its Name-and-Shame Campaign Against China's Espionage

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chinese military officers for industrial espionage, accusing them of leading attacks on the computers...
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