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Military Must Prep Now For 'mutant' Future, Researchers Warn
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Military Must Prep Now For 'mutant' Future, Researchers Warn

The U.S. military is already using, or fast developing, a wide range of technologies meant to give troops what California Polytechnic State University researcher...

Visionary Images: The Lost Fractals of Benoît Mandelbrot
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Visionary Images: The Lost Fractals of Benoît Mandelbrot

Many people know Benoît Mandelbrot from the computer screensavers of a pre-LCD era. Others have a deeper understanding of his mathematics, the repeating geometries...

Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare
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Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare

It's been fashionable in military circles to talk about cyberspace as a "fifth domain" for warfare, along with land, space, air, and sea.

Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online
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Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online

It's been a week since Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire pausing their war in Gaza. But on the internet, a different kind of fighting never stopped—and has actually...

Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own
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Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own

It was supposed to be a big moment for the two brothers—both University of Virginia engineering students—the culmination of months of designing and refining.

Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever
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Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever

Congratulations, Barack Obama: You have prevailed in the nerdiest election in the history of the American Republic.

Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms
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Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms

Craig Venter imagines a future where you can download software, print a vaccine, inject it, and presto! Contagion averted.

Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care
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Paging Dr. Watson: Artificial Intelligence As a Prescription For Health Care

Everyone agrees health care in the United States is a colossal mess, and IBM is betting that artificially intelligent supercomputers are just what the doctor ordered...

Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.
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Pentagon Scientists: We Can't Predict Violent Outbursts. Yet.

In the years to come, a top group of military scientists believe, the Pentagon may be able to use genomics and bio-markers to spot when a soldier is about to snap...

Warehouse 'bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality
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Warehouse 'bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality

The robots zipping across the aluminum grid look less like Star Wars droids and more like little red wagons.

Researchers Hack Brainwaves to Reveal Pin Numbers, Other Personal Data
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Researchers Hack Brainwaves to Reveal Pin Numbers, Other Personal Data

Don't you dare even think about your banking account password when you slap on those fancy new brainwave headsets.

Lasers, Cameras, and Particle Detectors: Mars Rover's Super High-Tech Science Gear
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Lasers, Cameras, and Particle Detectors: Mars Rover's Super High-Tech Science Gear

Assuming it safely passes through its terrifying and complex descent sequence, NASA's newest rover, Curiosity, should get its wheels on the Martian surface in just...

Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer
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Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer

Timing is everything for Peter Hürzeler, a man for whom "good enough" simply isn't.

Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks
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Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks

Insurgencies are amongst the hardest conflicts to predict. Insurgents can be loosely organized, split into factions, and strike from out of nowhere. But now researchers...

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Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices

If it wasn't obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan,...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space
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10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space

The view of Earth from space has transformed our understanding of, as well as our admiration for, the planet.

Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook For the 99%
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Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook For the 99%

As part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a team of Web and mobile application developers is redesigning social networking for the era of global protests.

The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It)
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The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It)

When NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory—scheduled to lift-off from Cape Canaveral later this week—touches down on the Red Planet in August of 2012, the one-ton probe...

Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad
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Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad

Forget relying solely on touch to control your Apple device. On future iPads, you may be able to control your tablet from across the room using 3D gestures, such...
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