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'Game of Thrones' premiere free on Xbox One, Xbox 360 this week - CNET

HBO is offering free access to the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premiere starting today on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the company announced on Tuesday. The deal will be available through April 14, and be available to both HBO subscribers and those who haven't yet signed up for the network's service.

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Watch the Navy's electromagnetic railgun blow stuff up before it hits the high seas

The Navy announced plans today to deploy an electromagnetic railgun that can do some epic damage. Set to go into testing on one of Navy's joint high speed vessels (JHSV) in 2016, the gun uses Lorentz Force to "rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails." The result is a gun that can shoot a ton farther than a traditional weapon. Even better, it can maintain kinetic energy while it's in flight, making it so it doesn't need a lot of explosives on board to do some damage when it gets to the car, building, or other ship you're trying to blow up. The Navy's chief engineer, Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller says the gun will "allow us to effectively counter a wide-range of threats at a relatively low cost, while keeping our ships and sailors safer by removing the need to carry as many high-explosive weapons." JHSV's aren't used for combat, so the railguns will be on their way to some TBD boats soon. For now, you can see them in action in the official Navy video below.

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NASA photo captures strange bright light coming out of Mars

The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet.

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Mad Google Is About To Mess Up Chromecast With An Apple TV Clone

I have both a GoogleTV device and 2 Chromecast devices. I use them differently. I like GoogleTV ability to browse any website on my 47″ screen, switch back to live TV or DVR content without switching inputs on my TV, PIP while browsing the web or apps. Chromecast is great for traveling when in hotels or to take to a friends house. With Plex and the Chromecast I can bring my entire movie collection with me anywhere I have decent internet connection. Chromecast is great at what it does, but it does not and will not do all of the things that Google TV does or that Android TV will do. Android TV is simply the rebranded and next generation of Google TV, and while not all consumers will understand the differences, I think the two products can coexist.

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The Only 4 Things You Absolutely Need To Know How To Do In Photoshop

The Spot Healing Brush tool is very similar to the Healing Brush tool, except that you don't have to choose the replacement pixels. All you have to do is adjust your brush size, and then click and drag over the area you want to blend in with the surrounding pixels. This tool is particularly great for removing wrinkles or rips in scanned images.

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'Game Of Thrones' Premiere Free On Xbox Live

One wonders how well it’s going to work for either of them — original programming is a great way to get people to fork over $8 a month for a Netflix Netflix subscription, but a pricey new console along with a premium service like PSN or Xbox Live Gold is a tougher sell. It sweetens the deal for someone already in the market, of course, but the original programming bandwagon is getting crowded, quickly. In my estimation, either of these companies will have to produce a show that rides the cultural zeitgeist on the level of a Breaking Bad or a Game of Thrones to have an impact, and shows like that don’t come along very often.

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'Dark Souls II' PC Preview: Here's What To Expect

As you can see, the game looks quite pretty still, but it’s absolutely the downgraded version with some higher fidelity video options. It plays great, it runs smooth, and there’s lots of little details that you don’t get to appreciate in the console version, from details on armor and in the level design, to the light shining off the coast of Majula, but this is still a very different looking game from the one we first saw.

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The Most Important Features In Samsung's New Galaxy Phone

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MediaFire Takes Its Desktop Apps Out Of Beta, Removes File Size Restrictions | TechCrunch

Using the desktop apps, MediaFire allows desktop uses to quickly upload their images and instantly share them with others. As part of this update, the service now allows users to follow files and track new files shared by users automatically. It also essentially lifted its file upload restrictions and both free and paid users can now upload files up to 20 gigabytes in size. It’s also launching 1 terabyte storage plans. For a limited time, those will cost $2.50 per month or $24.99 per year. That’s significantly cheaper than Google’s new plans for Drive , but the functionality of MediaFire is obviously also far more limited that of Drive. If you’re just looking for online storage, though, this may be worth a closer look.

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Retro-game binge: Every Super Nintendo start screen in one 9-hour vid - CNET

Why not reserve just under half of one Earth rotation to revisit the greatest 16-bit games of the 1990s (and even more terrible ones!)?

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Google Glass at Work: It might be a better target than the consumer market

With Google’s new Glass at Work program, look for apps to help businesses and enterprises. Perhaps Glass is a better fit for these organizations; there are certainly good consumer uses but Android Wear will help with those.

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What Alibaba’s IPO Means For E-Tailing in The US

Alibaba’s IPO could also benefit US brands that are concerned about online counterfeit products and intellectual property issues. At the moment, many US brands that have tried to do e-commerce in China will admit to facing great challenges from counterfeiters and individual sellers that are usually selling fake products on its Taobao platform. As Alibaba goes public in the US, the company will inevitably need to deal with the regulations regarding intellectual property protection and meet a higher standard in the US..

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Rwandans Pay Tribute to Genocide Victims, 20 Years Later

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Windows XP support officially ends today, still used by over 25 percent of PCs

Relax , y'all -- the company in charge of those ATMs, NCR Corporation, says it's in the process of upgrading and (as of last check-in a few weeks ago) should have one-third upgraded ahead of... today. After speaking with a rep this afternoon, however, the company is updating its upgrade estimate to "less than 20 percent." Not exactly a thrilling prospect when it comes to safety, though many banks are ponying up to Microsoft for ongoing updates.

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Microsoft considering Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on Xbox One

"If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards," said former Xbox chief Don Mattrick , explaining why Xbox One wouldn't play Xbox 360 games mere days after it was unveiled. If that's the case, then the Xbox world under new division head Phil Spencer may be as backwards as the average Justin Bieber hat. According to Xbox partner development lead Frank Savage, Microsoft is working on a solution to get Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, but players at home may never get to experience it themselves. When asked by an audience member at Microsoft's Build developer conference whether the company had plans for backwards compatibility on Xbox One, Savage responded in the affirmative but with a serious caveat. Getting software made for drastically different hardware to run on another machine is a tricky proposition. "There are [plans], but we're not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately," said Savage, as reported by Kotaku Australia . "It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there's nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.

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The Financial Moves You Should Make in April

Happy Financial Literacy Month ! We go through the financial moves you should make every month , but April—being tax month and Financial Literacy Month—is a great time to start as any. Here's what you should be doing in the next few weeks.

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Top EU Court Rejects Metadata Collection Law, Cites Privacy Concerns

The directive was implemented to harmonize practices of data-retention across Europe, with the goal of giving European law enforcement better access to all kinds of telephone and Internet metadata. The ECJ argued that the directive's broad scope violated citizens' "fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data," and was thus "invalid."

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Mysterious light in Mars image sparks curiosity - CNET

UFO enthusiasts are excited about a strange blip of light in a photo from Mars, but the real explanation is likely much less exotic than alien life.

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Instant foreign menu translations - CNET

Traveling overseas but don't speak the language? We've got a how-to on using your smartphone to help you order ordinary or extraordinary foods on a menu, even in a foreign language.

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Microsoft Employee: Ballmer Gets Some Office for iPad Credit Too - Digits - WSJ

Satya Nadella is collecting  many  kudos  for delivering a shiny new Microsoft in his first 60 days as chief executive. But not every new path was necessarily set by the new boss.

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Meet the Minnesota company pulling petabytes of data from the field

A Mankato, Minn.-based company called Farm Intelligence is helping farmers get a sense of what’s happening in their fields so they can act fast to maximize yields. It’s already managing a million acres and nearly a petabyte of data, but it expects to amass much more.

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Today Is The End Of An Era For Microsoft: Windows XP Is Officially Put Out To Pasture

But the upshot is, if you're still using XP on an old home computer, be aware that it will soon be the target of hackers. If you are still using XP on your business computers, it really is time to get yourself to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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Yes, Smartphones Are Plateauing -- and That's O.K. | TIME

I’m lousy at predictions, so any guesses I hazard to make about future smartphones such as the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 are likely to be utterly wrong. But if those phones turn out to be just a little bit better than the models they replace, it won’t be surprising, or a sign that the industry is broken. Even though Apple and Samsung will never, ever use the word “plateau” when describing new products they’d like you to buy.

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US Navy fine tunes seafaring laser weapon and unmanned robocopters (video)

That electromagnetic railgun is cool and all, but it's not the Navy's only wargadget in progress. Apparently, the Armed Forces branch has also been working tirelessly to improve its ship-mounted lasers and autonomous helicopters since we'd last heard about them. The new laser prototype, in particular, is a beefed-up version of what we saw in 2013 . It's capable of firing high-energy beams for $1 per shot, providing ships a low-cost alternative to weapons that require expensive ammunition. Within the past months, Navy engineers have consolidated the weapon's controls, so a single person can target, track and fire at threats like unmanned aircraft and attack boats using only a video game-like controller. The Navy wants to deploy this cost-effective death ray this summer aboard the same ship its predecessor occupied (the USS Ponce in the Gulf Sea), but it's still going through some final-stage adjustments.

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Reddit Execs Ellen Pao and Jena Donlin Get Serious About the Site's Business (Q&A)

Ellen Pao : We think Reddit is about communities and it’s about authentic engagement. And we really want to build that space within Reddit for the advertisers to have that same type of conversation, versus trying to do something that’s not authentic on the site that people are unhappy about. So we’re trying to figure out ways to monetize within the structure that people are used to in ways that are very authentic.

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Comcast files to start the TWC merger process. Here's how regulators should view the deal.

As this regulatory discussion unfolds, we’re going to hear a lot about broadband and pay TV in the terms that Comcast has set. But given that IP has changed the nature of telecommunications and TV, regulators should seek to hold the discussion on their own terms in order to explain how, with everything going over IP, the barriers and modes of looking at communications have changed dramatically. What’s important here isn’t TV, it’s how people access the internet. That access is where the U.S. lacks competition and needs it most.

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Apple Closes U.S. Ad-Spending Gap With Samsung - Digits - WSJ

Samsung is the still the king of the U.S. smartphone marketing race, but the Korean giant’s rivals closed its huge lead with an advertising blitz in 2013.

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Ballmer, Not Nadella, Gave The Go-Ahead To Ship Office For iPad, Which Has Racked Up 12M Downloads | TechCrunch

Office for iPad has seen 12 million downloads to date, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made the decision to pull the trigger and release the suite, according to the company.

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Internal documents reveal Samsung’s top priority in 2012 was to “Beat Apple”

Among Samsung’s high-level initiatives, the #1 priority in the year 2012 was “Beating Apple,” according to the presentation. The company said that “everything must be in context of beating Apple,” as the threat from the iPhone marker is “extremely real and urgent.” The Korean giant expected the iPhone 5 to be launched in June 2012 ( actual launch: September ), and have LTE, social network and cloud integration, and an improved Siri.

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U.S. Air Force is testing Google Glass & building apps for battlefield use (exclusive)

As for the two pairs of Google Glass currently being tested by BATMAN, Burnett says he likes some of what he sees so far and what it potentially portends for the men and women in the Air Force serving a multitude of roles. Glass, he says, doesn’t cause blind spots when looking through it, and possibly updated and enhanced software could indeed make the platform even better.

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Samsung might have fixed the Gear Fit's biggest problem

The Gear Fit is the first wearable device from a major manufacturer to truly look like it's  come from the future , though its warm reception was colored by one universal complaint: the orientation of the screen. Displaying the time, messages, and all your health data horizontally makes the wrist-worn device somewhat awkward to read, but Samsung hasn't been deaf to the criticism. The company's issued a patch to enable vertical display orientation, making for a more familiar reading experience when consulting the fitness band. This could be a great boon in Korea — where the updated UI first appeared on  Samsung's official store blog — but the narrowness of the screen may pose a challenge when displaying longer pieces of text in the Latin alphabet.

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China approves Nokia's sale of phone business to Microsoft - CNET

Evidently feeling compelled to answer critics of its patent licensing terms, Nokia had this to add: "The regulatory approval process has involved a thorough review of Nokia's patent licensing practices by several competition authorities around the world. During that process, no authority has challenged Nokia's compliance with its FRAND undertakings related to standard-essential patents (licensing on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms) or requested that Nokia make changes to its licensing program or royalty terms."

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Micro $299 3D Printer Passes $1M On Kickstarter In 1-Day | TechCrunch

Or they will be, if M3D can deliver. But with $1M and counting in their Kickstarter coffers — and a full 28 days left on their campaign to run — they’re looking well placed to make good on their own pledges (which, since passing the original Kickstarter funding goal, include expanding their own team to get the Micro out to backers as soon as possible).

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72 percent say no to Google Glass because of privacy - CNET

A study from market research firm Toluna suggests there is considerable emotional opposition to the idea of people wearing Glass in public.

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Samsung, Qualcomm back wearable chip startup - CNET

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time. See full bio

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Apple's Damages Expert Makes Case for Why Company Due $2.19 Billion From Samsung

The damages estimate comes as Apple is nearing the conclusion of its case against Samsung. Samsung is arguing that it did not infringe Apple’s patents and that the patents never should have been granted in the first place. Furthermore, even if it is found to have infringed, it argues that Vellturo’s estimate is a “gross exaggeration” of what Apple is due .

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Twitter Jazzes Up Profiles With Pinned Tweets, Bigger Photos

Where the changes may help is with user growth. CEO Dick Costolo has repeatedly cited the somewhat confusing grammar of Twitter as a barrier that prevents potential new users from joining or staying with the service. Purely chronological tweet streams make it easy to see that other people are talking about something but hard to figure out how the conversation started or what it’s about. Providing a visual shorthand like making popular tweets bigger might help address that problem in much the same way as the threaded conversations introduced last August.

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MLB 14: The Show on PS4 Looks as Good as it Plays - IGN

Indeed, MLB 14 on PS4 looks decidedly next-gen. The lighting stages are gorgeous, with bright sunlight, sunset, and night lighting all giving the action a very at-the-ballpark kind of feel. Meanwhile, player models look better than ever (some players’ hats look weird, though), and most of all, the ballparks are drastically improved. Above all else, it was the MLB cathedrals themselves that were showing their age on PS3 (though not in the good, Wrigley Field or Fenway Park kind of way). Here, they’ve all been given glorious makeovers, with high-def stadium details, impressive-up-close grass, and clumps of dirt and chalk that build up around the home plate area as the game progresses all lending a much-needed breath of fresh air to a series that, visually, had gotten stale on PS3.

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Samsung Announces Budget KitKat Smartphone

The Galaxy Ace Style looks like your typical Samsung device, but it appears targeted at those shopping on a more modest budget. It features a four-inch display, 1.2GHz dual core processor, 4GB of internal memory and runs Samsung’s TouchWiz skin. Most interestingly, it is one of the few mid-range phones that comes with the latest version of Android — 4.4, aka KitKat — out of the box.

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Qualcomm Unveils Next-Gen Snapdragon 810, 808 Chips

But in an interesting development, these next-gen chips won't feature Qualcomm's own custom-built Krait central processing cores, instead using a combination of 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 CPU cores. The issue here seems to be that Qualcomm does not yet have a Krait core that supports the 64-bit ARMv8-A instruction set ready to go, so is instead using non-customized ARM cores for the upcoming Snapdragon parts.

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Hillary Clinton: I Am Thinking About Running for President

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Apple iWatch to launch in Q3 2014 [Report]

According to supply chain sources, the Apple iWatch wearable device will break cover in Q3 2014. It is said that Quanta Computer will manufacture the device while TPK and Richtek Technology will supply sapphire touch panels and chips required for the device. The processor of the iWatch will be designed by Apple apparently with production outsourced to Samsung.

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Weather forecasts and user photos could be headed to Chromecast's home screen

Google could be looking to the put the main screen of its Chromecast to work, just before it beams videos to your TV. Reddit user asjmcguire recently uncovered HTML code for the dongle's home screen that references current weather and the day's forecast (based on location), complete with the requisite icons needed to illustrate the conditions. What's more, it seems that the folks in Mountain View aren't stopping with weather: personal photos and locations are also mentioned in the code. As you may recall, third-party devs have been making their own useful add-ons for the device thanks to the open SDK , and Google has already released an interactive PhotoWall and cozy fireplace for setting the proper mood.

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How Multiplayer Works in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, 3DS - IGN

For Fun mode only records players’ wins, pits opponents against each other in random stages (excluding Final Destination), and includes all items. For Glory, on the other hand, levels the playing field for competitive players by removing items entirely, and setting every match on a Final Destination version of certain levels. Wins and losses are both tracked in your For Glory record.

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Top tips for traveling with your smartphone - CNET

For example, did you know that your smartphone camera could translate foreign languages on the fly? There are a number of real-time translation apps on the market now, but which ones work best and support the languages you need most? In this show, I'll put them to the test and walk you through your best options.

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New 'Battlestar Galactica' movie will completely reimagine the sci-fi tale

Universal is preparing to start work on a Battlestar Galactica movie.  Variety says the studio is planning to completely reimagine the sci-fi story — in which space-bound humans fend off the attacks of nefarious cybernetic Cylons as they try to find a new home — just five years after the four-season Syfy TV show drew to a close. The planned film would mark the second time Battlestar Galactica has been rebooted after the original show aired in 1978.

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Congratulations To Comcast, Your 2014 Worst Company In America!

(Knight725) Four years since winning its first Worst Company tournament, Comcast’s doubted that the Kabletown Krusher could ever regain that 2010 form. But after a few years of letting others hold the title, Comcast was fiercely intent on bringing a second Golden Poo to its Philadelphia lair. And in one of the narrowest Final Death Matches in the centuries’ long history of WCIA battle, Comcast managed to hold the genetically modified body blows of Monsanto.

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Wearable Chip Maker Emerges in India With Big Backers - Digits - WSJ

When it comes to semiconductors, India has generally delivered technology ordered up by big foreign companies. Ineda Systems, a startup with some big-name backers, is breaking from that pattern to develop its own chips for wearable devices.

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Samsung expects Q1 operating profit of $8B, down 4.3 percent - CNET

The South Korean electronics giant expects to record an operating profit of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the three months ended March 31, a 4.3 percent decline year over year. The company expects sales to come in at 53 trillion won, largely flat from the year-ago period.

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These Animal Sculptures Are 3-D Jigsaw Puzzles Made From Beach Trash | Design | WIRED

Cenazandotti’s latest collection is called Future Bestiary and is intended to be an homage to the animals whose lives and habitats are threatened by pollution. The series combines Rachel Carson’s activist instincts with Walt Disney’s flair for brightly colored animal caricatures. In Cenazandotti’s hands, discarded sunscreen bottles, sandals, and other flotsam are transformed into an artfully constructed menagerie composed of leopards, hyenas, and other exotic creatures.

51 Netflix Rolling Out 4K Video Streaming
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56 Amazon says its instant video streams jumped
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58 Lynda Acquires Compilr, Expands Learn-To-Code Empire
59 The depth of the problem
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62 Mars Stars in Cosmic Alignment with Earth and Sun Tuesday Night
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87 Scientists make new sensor that could lead to night vision contact lenses
88 U.S. Navy's New Weapon Fires at 7 Times the Speed of Sound
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