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January 2014


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Nasa's New Robots May Revolutionize Space Exploration

Nasa's New Robots May Revolutionize Space Exploration

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers are developing a interstellar robot that could land on a planet by hitting the surface and bouncing. 


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Listen Up: Online Spies Can Hear Your Computer

Listen Up: Online Spies Can Hear Your Computer

Researchers say it is possible to access a non-connected computer through its speakers. 


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IBM Doubles Down on Watson

IBM Doubles Down on Watson

IBM plans to jumpstart Watson with a $100-million venture fund to build a business around the supercomputer that famously beat two human champions at the TV game show "Jeopardy!" in 2011.


From ACM News

New Algorithm Can Dramatically Streamline Solutions to the 'max Flow' Problem

New Algorithm Can Dramatically Streamline Solutions to the 'max Flow' Problem

Finding the most efficient way to transport items across a network like the U.S. highway system or the Internet is a problem that has taxed mathematicians and computer scientists for decades.


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Sculpting Geometry

Sculpting Geometry

Carlo Séquin lives in a world of impossible objects and mind-bending shapes.


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Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Politics?

Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Politics?

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) is no stranger to provocative proposals.


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By 2018, Cars Will Be Self-Aware

By 2018, Cars Will Be Self-Aware

"Cars will become the first robot most of us experience in our lifetime," says Gartner analyst Thilo Koslowski. 


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A Makeover For Maps

A Makeover For Maps

Graphic designers are experimenting with new ways of presenting data, to better display the information people download over a range of devices. 


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Tau Computer Algorithm Identifies 'aging Genes'

Tau Computer Algorithm Identifies 'aging Genes'

Researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts which genes can be turned off to fight aging. 


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Simulator Recreates Virtual Taste Online

Simulator Recreates Virtual Taste Online

Online tasting could become another staple for people who live the digital life. 


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Basketball, Football, and Hockey Are All the Same Game

Basketball, Football, and Hockey Are All the Same Game

Researchers have found that college and professional football, hockey, and basketball are much less complicated than most people think. 


From ACM Opinion

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients

When Doctors 'google' Their Patients

I remember when I first looked up a patient on Google.


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How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

Google Street View has become an essential part of the online mapping experience.


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3D Webcams Will Help Pcs Read Human Emotions, Intel Says

3D Webcams Will Help Pcs Read Human Emotions, Intel Says

Intel says its new three-dimensional webcam can combine with voice, touch, and gesture to make human interaction more natural and intuitive.


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Wind-Driven Data

Wind-Driven Data

Green-conscious data centers increasingly will be powered by renewable energy.


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Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business

Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business

Celebrities, businesses, and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or…


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This Clear, Flexible Electronic Circuit Can Fit on the Surface of a Contact Lens

This Clear, Flexible Electronic Circuit Can Fit on the Surface of a Contact Lens

Over the past few years, electronics have evolved way past the silicon wafer.


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NASA's Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

NASA's Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune, which is nearly four times as big as Earth.


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When the Future Isn't a Keyboard

When the Future Isn't a Keyboard

Intel says it has seen the future, and it doesn’t include a keyboard.


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This Eerie Game Was Made by Artificial Intelligence

This Eerie Game Was Made by Artificial Intelligence

If there's one human characteristic that’s difficult to emulate in artificial intelligence, it's creativity.


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How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone

How To Track Vehicles Using Speed Data Alone

Location is a key indicator of personal travel patterns and habits.


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Pirate Bay Unveils Ambitious New Software Scheme to Foil Anti-Piracy Measures

Pirate Bay Unveils Ambitious New Software Scheme to Foil Anti-Piracy Measures

The Pirate Bay is developing a tool designed to thwart copyright enforcers. 


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Google's 4k Video Format to Hit Tvs, Mobile Devices, Pcs

Google's 4k Video Format to Hit Tvs, Mobile Devices, Pcs

Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, LG, and Sharp have introduced TVs that support VP9, Google's new 4K video format. 


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Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published

Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published

A security freelancer  has published a proof-of-concept code for exploiting a security flaw in the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator. 


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Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks

Apps For Mobile Viewing Challenge Cable Operators, Tv Networks

U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers are increasingly using to watch TV.


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How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer

How the Nsa (may Have) Put a Backdoor in Rsa's Cryptography: A Technical Primer

There has been a lot of news lately about nefarious-sounding backdoors being inserted into cryptographic standards and toolkits.


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Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth

Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth

Eighth graders didn't have Facebook or Twitter to share news back then, in January 2004.


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Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake

Titan's Seas Get an Earthly Stand-In as Robot Explores Chilean Lake

Early Mars rovers had little more intelligence than a fancy remote-controlled car.


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Man and Machine: Cognitive Computing in the Enterprise

Man and Machine: Cognitive Computing in the Enterprise

The next generation of cognitive computers aims to serve as cognitive assistants that will supplement human intelligence. 


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It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (and Not Just For the Reasons You Think)

It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (and Not Just For the Reasons You Think)

Emergency "mesh" networks that wirelessly connect computers and devices directly to each other have existed for some time and offer numerous benefits.