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Audi Says Synthetic 'E-Fuel' From Microorganisms Is Better Than Gas Or Diesel

Hydrogen and natural gas are among the alternative fuels starting to get more attention as car companies work to reduce emissions. But Audi is exploring another option that you may not have heard much about yet: e-fuels.<p>The German automaker, which aims to develop synthetically engineered e-fuels as …

2 social media changes you must know

It might be the most talked about checkmark ever.<p>Google has this thing called shared endorsements, which has to do with how you get recommendations from your friends on Google products. So for example, a friend singing the praises of a new album on the Google Play music store, or a 5-star review …

5 Hacking Myths You Probably Believe (Thanks to Movies)

In movies, the word "hacker" is interchangeable with "wizard." Screenwriters can have a character mutter something about "nodes" or "encryption," …

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The NSA Has Been Infiltrating Online Games

Looking for terrorists in World of Warcraft<p>The National Security Agency, still under the microscope because of leaks from former employee Edward Snowden, has been straddling the line between terrifying digital panoptican and almost comically inept government institution. Now, in the latter …

Three Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself From Online Spying

The recent PRISM scandal has validated both the general public's growing unease with federal law enforcement agencies, and many of the fringe …

U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful

1 / 2<p>National Security Agency Bluffdale,<p>A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south …

NSA Document From 1996 Warns Of 'Insider-Gone-Bad'

Long before Edward Snowden leaked all those secrets, the National Security Agency published a report detailing the threats posed by rogue system administrators. Whoops.<p>A story quietly titled "Out of Control," published in a special 1996 issue of the National Security Agency's professional journal</i> …

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As artificial intelligence grows, so do ethical concerns

Now that Google is delving even deeper into artificial intelligence, the minds behind "Don't be evil" might face real questions of right and wrong.<p>This week the Mountain View search titan snatched up DeepMind, which develops artificial intelligence software. The price tag and the specifics of the …

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

One In Three Children In The World Have No Birth Certificate

Almost 230 million youngsters under the age of five have no birth certificate, which puts them at a disadvantage for procedural matters and leaves them more vulnerable to abuse.<p>"Birth registration is more than just a right. It's how societies first recognize and acknowledge a child's identity and …

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Enormous earthquakes ‘are missing’ from records

<b>The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.</b><p>Research suggests that half of all quakes measuring more than 8.5 in magnitude that hit in the 19th Century are missing from records.<p>Scientists are scanning historical …

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Record 2013 tourism in Japan despite islands spat, nuclear fallout

Radiation contamination still afflicts large swaths of Japanese land and water nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.<p>Energy shortages mean less air-conditioning in summer and heat in the winter in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka.<p>And a dispute between Japan and China over a …

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US mulls sanctions against Ukraine

The United States may impose sanctions against Ukraine if security forces intensify a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in the capital's Independence Square.<p>US lawmakers said on Wednesday they were considering legislation to deny visas to Ukrainian officials or to freeze their American …

Dementia cases 'set to treble worldwide' by 2050

<b>The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis.</b><p>Alzheimer's Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050.<p>The figures were released ahead of the G8 dementia summit in …

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Syria's Humanitarian Quagmire Worsens, U.N. Official Reports

GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- In this small Turkish city near Syria's northern border, aid workers complain that the humanitarian disaster unfolding just 45 minutes away feels desperately out of reach.<p>It's a problem that has plagued efforts to ameliorate one of the biggest consequences of Syria's ongoing …