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The Downside of Linux Popularity

By Popularity is becoming a two-edged sword for Linux. The open source operating system has become a key component of the Internet’s infrastructure, and it’s also the foundation for the world’s largest mobile OS, Google’s Android. Widespread use of the OS, though, has attracted the attention of hackers looking to transfer the dirty tricks […]

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DARPA Challenges Researchers to Link Human Brains With Computers

By The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, last week announced a new program that aims to build a connection between the human brain and the digital world. To achieve the goals of the Neural Engineering System Design program, DARPA has invited proposals to design, build, demonstrate and validate a human-computer […]

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Judge Deals a Blow to N.S.A. Data Collection Program

By A federal judge on Monday partly blocked the National Security Agency’s program that systematically collects Americans’ domestic phone records in bulk just weeks before the agency was scheduled to shut it down and replace it. The judge said the program was most likely unconstitutional. From Our Advertisers In a separate case challenging the […]

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Here’s Why Nobody’s Talking About Nanotech Anymore

By: It used to be the hottest sector around Of all the investment fads and manias over the past few decades, none have been as big of a fizzle as the craze for nanotech stocks. Ten years ago, venture capitalists were scrambling for investments, startups with “nano” in their names flourished and even a […]

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By: Mention the word ‘teleportation’ and for many people it conjures up “Beam me up, Scottie” images of Captain James T Kirk. But in the last two decades quantum teleportation – transferring the quantum structure of an object from one place to another without physical transmission — has moved from the realms of Star […]

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Can Robots Be Ethical?

By: Should the driverless vehicles being developed by Apple, Google and Daimler be programmed to mount the pavement to avoid a head-on collision? Should they be programmed to swerve to hit one person in order to avoid hitting two? Two instead of four? Four instead of a lorry full of hazardous chemicals? Driverless cars […]

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Open Bionics Creates Disney-Inspired Bionic Hands for Amputee Kids

By: Bionic hands startup Open Bionics now makes Iron Man and Elsa-themed hands and arms for the smallest of amputees – kids. Open Bionics hopes to get kids excited about their prosthetics with designs from Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars. “[Kids] won’t have to do boring physical therapy, they’ll train to become heroes,” reads […]

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Satellite Internet Gets a Fresh Look, Cash Infusion

By: The race for Internet service from space is on, again. After a series of failed satellite Internet projects over the past two decades, fresh investment is coming into the sector, and at least three high-profile projects are moving forward. OneWeb, a London-based consortium backed by tycoon Richard Branson, announced in June it had […]

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Lockheed Considering Laser Weapon Concepts for F-35

By: Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has not yet seen combat, but already the defence manufacturer is exploring “concepts” for installing and employing a high-power fibre laser weapon on the new-generation combat jet for shooting down missiles and other airborne threats. The company believes it finally has the right technology to produce modular and scalable fibre […]

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With This 3-D Printer, Objects Emerge from a Plastic Soup

By: It might be the future of manufacturing, but 3-D printing is built on a 2-D foundation: A MakerBot is essentially an inkjet printer that spits out plastic instead of ink. Keep printing in the same spot, over and over, and the layers will eventually form a 3-D object from the bottom up. But […]

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3D Modeling Startup BioDigital Launches an API for the Human Body

By: Imagine a reality where surgeons practice difficult procedures on virtual renditions of their patients before walking into the operating room, and professional athletes review their exact muscle movements on a 3D game tape after they walk off the field. Now that BioDigital, a 3D human body modeling startup, is releasing its API to […]

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What People in 1900 Thought the Year 2000 Would Look Like

By: There are few things as fascinating as seeing what people in the past dreamed about the future. “France in the Year 2000” is one example. The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in […]

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The Secret Developers of the Video Game Industry

By: In July 2015, developer Comcept launched a Kickstarter campaign for its game Red Ash. It didn’t go well. Despite raising over $500,000 in pledges, the campaign missed its target and critics pummeled its approach — pointing to Comcept launching the campaign before seeing through a previous one, announcing a console port without identifying […]

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See This Delicate Jellyfish 3D Printed in Self-Healing Gel

By: [youtube] You can print wild designs using a 3D printer—shapes you couldn’t make any other way. But 3D printing is also still in thrall to the laws of physics. To date, 3D printed structures made in metal or plastic need to support themselves as they’re built. Each layer must harden before the […]

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First Documented Successful 3D Printed Revolver

By: [youtube] What you just saw was a 3D printed, legal, double-action-only revolver firing six shots of live ball ammunition. This is the culmination of a lot of effort by a lot of people, not least Yoshitomo Imura who is doing three years in an unpleasant Japanese slammer for firing blanks from his […]

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We Are Living in a Robot Moment — Rejoice, Cower, and Copulate?

By: Every story about robots is in some way a story about death. Sometimes it’s the human race that gets it. Sometimes it’s a tiny plastic dog. Last summer, Sony discontinued the last remaining traces of customer support for its AIBO series. Remember the AIBO? It’s the line of artificially intelligent robotic pets that, […]

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Light-Based Memory Chip Is First to Permanently Store Data

By: Today’s electronic computer chips work at blazing speeds. But an alternate version that stores, manipulates, and moves data with photons of light instead of electrons would make today’s chips look like proverbial horses and buggies. Now, one team of researchers reports that it has created the first permanent optical memory on a chip, […]

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