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Ads that follow you from one website to another are increasingly common, but in the rush for more tailored advertising, age-old wisdom may be lost. All over the Web…

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A new class of smarter robots is being readied for the workplace. A new class of industrial robot is appearing. These robots are smart, affordable, and safe enough to work…

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Social ties between humans are stronger than those between fruit flies or ants but weaker than those between bees, according to a cheerful new ranking based on how quickly creatures…

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Looking before you leap: a strategy that it might not hurt more publishers to adopt. Simon & Schuster will become the last of the Big Six publishers to make its…

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As life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially, just like Moore’s law. Now geneticists have extrapolated this trend backwards and found that by this measure, life is older than…

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Currencies designed to fix perceived flaws in Bitcoin could lead to competition that makes the idea of digital “cryptocurrency” stick. In recent weeks, the digital currency Bitcoin has soared and…

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Despite breakthroughs in technology and medicine, there’s still a lot of work ahead for understanding and using the human genome. This Sunday, the National Institutes of Health will celebrate the…

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Using a wind energy and expensive lithium-ion batteries, AES Energy Storage is making money by stabilizing the grid. The conventional wisdom is that batteries, particularly lithium-ion batteries, are…

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The company known for check-ins is already a fundamental part of the app economy. Now it just has to make money. Foursquare built its brand as a social app…

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Does it make sense to spend so much on already commercialized technology? According to the  Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, President Obama’s budget has nearly $13 billion set aside for…

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Some of Silicon Valley’s best-known venture funds have backed OpenCoin, a startup with a new digital currency called Ripple. The value of a Bitcoin has grown in the four…

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On a desert journey, coffee-scented oases of WiFi. As loyal readers already know, a few months ago I embarked upon an experiment: I junked my iPhone . Surprising even myself…

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Philips seeks to replace florescent tube light with an LED using technology planned for other types of bulbs. Philips has cut the amount of power of its overhead LED tube…

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Join the app economy or invent new energy technology? Two startup events reflect evolving ideas on energy entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship in energy and the environment has been going on for years…

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To study the microscopic structures of the brain researchers have typically had to dissect the organ into amazingly thin slices that can then be viewed on a microscope. Without doing…

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New optical technology paves the way for more efficient ocean-spanning transmissions. Researchers at AT&T have devised a way to increase the distance that large amounts of data can travel…

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Extraordinary tubes of ice that grow down into the ocean from ice sheets could be as significant for the origin of life as hydrothermal vents, say chemists

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A Caltech researcher thinks arrays of tiny wind turbines could produce cheaper power than big ones. The remote Alaskan village of Igiugig—home to about 50 people—will be the first to demonstrate…

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The finanical impact of dementia may double by 2040. Dementia’s financial impact on the U.S. economy in 2010 was around $109 billion, reported researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine…

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A new study shows that dementia will have a crippling impact on the U.S. economy. Dementia’s financial impact on the U.S. economy in 2010 was around $109 billion, reported…

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Adafruit’s educational series is a brilliant, necessary corrective to our “magic box” tech culture. This week, Adafruit Industries launches an educational series aimed at kids, report Hackaday and others. And…

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Demand response—essentially dialing back power at key times—is quietly becoming a key technology for the electricity grid of the future. The off switch is a fast-growing source of power…

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Brazil nuts would rise to the top of a container of mixed nuts on Mars and the Moon, but more slowly than on Earth, say physicists

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The appeal of Facebook’s new phone software may limited to hardcore users. On Thursday morning, Mark Zuckerberg stood smiling in front of a crowd of journalists and employees at Facebook’s…

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Companies that once made specialized hardware may soon be relegated to software and services. A company called Purple Communications this week unveiled a product called SmartVP . It’s a videophone with…

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A modified version of Android puts social networking, and Facebook, at the heart of a device. MIT Technology Review editor Rachel Metz live-blogged Facebook’s announcement from its headquarters in…

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Tesla’s innovations in batteries give it an edge that Fisker, focused on design, lacks. Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors, two startups founded to make battery-powered cars, are both in…

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Smartphone apps that send disappearing messages are gaining in popularity. You’ve heard it an eye-rolling number of times: anything you post online, or any message you send—be it a…

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Bruce Schneier says “we as a society are heading down a dangerous path” Whenever I start pursuing a story about a technology that purports to make the Internet more secure…

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Facebook will announce its ‘New Home on Android’ tomorrow, and we’ll be updating live from Menlo Park. Facebook is slated to make an Android-related announcement tomorrow at its Menlo…

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Aquion Energy lands $35 million to commercialize its novel grid-storage battery, bringing in Bill Gates as investor. When it comes to disruptive battery startups, one of the best endorsements…

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A contest to improve flight arrival estimates is the first step in a plan to automate in-flight decisions. A team from Singapore is taking home a $100,000 prize for…

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It’s looking grim. I can be something of a Luddite, for a technology blogger. I recently jilted my iPhone . It took me ages to buy a Kindle, and I was…

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Energ2’s nanostructured carbon anodes can boost lithium-ion battery capacity by 30 percent. A Seattle-based startup, EnerG2 , has developed a carbon anode that significantly improves the storage capacity of…

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New partnerships could help bring a novel class of biopharmaceutical to patients. Messenger RNAs—molecules that carry information between the genome and the protein-building machinery of cells—could become the next…

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With no one buying new equipment, solar companies are looking to make the best of existing technology. Suntech Power , the large Chinese solar panel maker that filed for bankruptcy last…

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By analyzing a surprisingly simple set of facial tics, a depth camera can see right into your soul.

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Underground rocks that react with carbon dioxide to form minerals could offer a safe way to keep the greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere.

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The leading smartphone manufacturer hopes to one-up Apple and nudge out struggling Blackberry. Sanjay Bhatia comes into his office each morning and plugs his tablet into a docking station…

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Clogged wireless networks spur a plan to speed data to smartphones, for a price. No matter how quickly you dispatch data over the Internet, the last link is increasingly a…

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