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Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane
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Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane

A security researcher kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of...

This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds
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This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds

Careful what you leave in your lockers, high school students and gym-goers.

A First Big Step Toward Mapping the Human Brain
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A First Big Step Toward Mapping the Human Brain

It's a long, hard road to understanding the human brain, and one of the first milestones in that journey is building a … database.

How Daimler Built the World's First Self-Driving Semi
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How Daimler Built the World's First Self-Driving Semi

Christian Urban waves his hands to make a point, then looks at his nails and cracks wise about needing a manicure.

Holograms Could Bring Videogame-Like Navigation to Your Car
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Holograms Could Bring Videogame-Like Navigation to Your Car

There are plenty of ways to get directions in the car, but most have one big shortcoming.

Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick
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Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick

Microsoft demonstrated how far its augmented-reality HoloLens wonderland project has come.

Researchers Plan to Demonstrate a Wireless Car Hack This Summer
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Researchers Plan to Demonstrate a Wireless Car Hack This Summer

A note of caution to anyone who works on the security team of a major automobile manufacturer: Don't plan your summer vacation just yet.

Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere
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Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

Sometime next summer, you'll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less.

Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image
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Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.

Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi
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Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi

Seven years after the Federal Aviation Administration first warned Boeing that its new Dreamliner aircraft had a Wi-Fi design that made it vulnerable to hacking...

Snowden's 'sexy Margaret Thatcher' Password Isn't So Secure
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Snowden's 'sexy Margaret Thatcher' Password Isn't So Secure

Edward Snowden appears to have a thing for the late British conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher. And his obsession may even be clouding his famously paranoid...

Mlb Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI
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Mlb Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI

For all the Brad Pitt-fueled hype, sabermetric analysis is still only as good as the systems that capture data from the field—who hit what to whom.

See How Diseases Spread in These Mesmerizing Graphics
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See How Diseases Spread in These Mesmerizing Graphics

You're an H1N1 influenza virus—swine flu—just hanging out in Hanoi, Vietnam. But now it's time to spread and infect.

This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash
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This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash

An old aviators' joke goes like this: In the future, airline cockpit crews will consist of one pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, the dog is there...

Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive
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Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive

As cars get smarter and creep ever-closer to driving themselves, the software that makes infotainment systems and adaptive cruise control work is becoming as important...

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet
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Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet

Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.

Stealing Data from Computers ­sing Heat
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Stealing Data from Computers ­sing Heat

Air-gapped systems, which are isolated from the Internet and are not connected to other systems that are connected to the Internet, are used in situations that...

Apple's Haptic Touch Makes Way for Tomorrow's Touchable ­Is
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Apple's Haptic Touch Makes Way for Tomorrow's Touchable ­Is

If you're into magic tricks, stop by an Apple Store and park yourself in front of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Click around on the trackpad for a while. Voila!

The Philae Comet Lander Might Have Enough Power to Wake Up
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The Philae Comet Lander Might Have Enough Power to Wake Up

In November, a spacecraft made a dramatic, first-ever landing on a comet—three times.

A Robot That Collapses ­nder Pressure (in a Good Way)
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A Robot That Collapses ­nder Pressure (in a Good Way)

If NASA plans to send robots to other planets, it's going to need some new designs: ones that are easy to land, easy to move around, and easy to fix.
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