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10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter
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10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin faced some flak recently when he announced he was starting a new company in the already crowded field of digital payments.

The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order
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The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order

In April 2003, British and U.S. researchers declared the Human Genome Project complete.

Massive Fiber-Optic Installation Lights ­p Library Queries
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Massive Fiber-Optic Installation Lights ­p Library Queries

Getting a glimpse into the curious minds of others has never been so beautiful—or so bright.

Rodent Mind Meld: Scientists Wire Two Rats' Brains Together
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Rodent Mind Meld: Scientists Wire Two Rats' Brains Together

It's not exactly a Vulcan mind meld, but it's not far off.

This Amazing 3d Desktop Was Born at Microsoft
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This Amazing 3d Desktop Was Born at Microsoft

The history of computer revolutions will show a logical progression from the Mac to the iPad to something like this SpaceTop 3D desktop, if computer genius Jinha...

Stuxnet Missing Link Found, Resolves Some Mysteries Around the Cyberweapon
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Stuxnet Missing Link Found, Resolves Some Mysteries Around the Cyberweapon

As Iran met in Kazakhstan this week with members of the UN Security Council to discuss its nuclear program, researchers announced that a new variant of the sophisticated...

The Ar-15 Is More Than a Gun. It's a Gadget
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The Ar-15 Is More Than a Gun. It's a Gadget

I was shaking as I shouldered the rifle and peered through the scope at the small steel target 100 yards downrange.

How Google Retooled Android With Help From Your Brain
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How Google Retooled Android With Help From Your Brain

When Google built the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, the Web giant made some big changes to the way the OS interprets your voice commands...

Top ­.s. Stealth Jet Has to Talk to Allied Planes Over ­nsecured Radio
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Top ­.s. Stealth Jet Has to Talk to Allied Planes Over ­nsecured Radio

For the first time, America's top-of-the-line F-22 fighters and Britain's own cutting-edge Typhoon jets have come together for intensive, long-term training in...

Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces
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Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces

Your first experience with haptics was probably your phone vibrating in your pocket.

Stand on Mars Next to the Curiosity Rover With This Incredible Panorama
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Stand on Mars Next to the Curiosity Rover With This Incredible Panorama

Over the weekend, NASA's Curiosity rover successfully drilled into the surface of Mars and collected its first sample from the interior of a rock.

Navy's Next-Gen Binoculars Will Recognize Your Face
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Navy's Next-Gen Binoculars Will Recognize Your Face

Take a close look, because the next generation of military binoculars could be doing more than just letting sailors and soldiers see from far away.

Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market
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Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market

When the flying robots that loiter in Afghanistan's and Yemen's airspace come home, they won't just be headed for the local police station.

Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone
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Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone

British troops in Afghanistan are flying a drone that’s shrunk down to its essentials: a micro-machine that spies, built for a solitary user.

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook
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Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook

Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to...

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You
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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You

Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls...

Texas, Where Science and History Have Become Ideological Battlegrounds
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Texas, Where Science and History Have Become Ideological Battlegrounds

Some of the most important decisions that influence the public's knowledge aren't made by scientific societies and they don't take place in Washington D.C.

The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors
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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors

Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES earlier this month had to be designed to be "wiretap ready" before they could be...

Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit
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Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit

A Texas high school student who claimed her student identification was the "Mark of the Beast" because it was implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip...

Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles
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Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles

While many automakers have voluntarily installed the devices already, the National Transportation Safety Agency wants to hear your comments by February 11 on its...
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