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Robots Are Designed to Take a Hike With Walking Poles
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Robots Are Designed to Take a Hike With Walking Poles

A pair of smart walking sticks could be used to steady robots navigating uneven terrain.

Rice's Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye
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Rice's Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye

Researchers have refined their silicon oxide technology for high-density, next-generation computer memory.

Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging
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Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging

Google's Project Tango aims to provide an additional dimension to the next generation of mobile devices.

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
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How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.

Joining the Dots for Quantum Computing
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Joining the Dots for Quantum Computing

Researchers have demonstrated the scalability of quantum dot architectures by trapping and controlling four electrons in a single device. 

Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire
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Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire

It was one of the most tedious jobs on the Internet. A team of Googlers would spend day after day staring at computer screens, scrutinizing tiny snippets of street...

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work
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For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work

Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you've never heard of.

Critical Vulnerabilities in Web-Based Password Managers Found
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Critical Vulnerabilities in Web-Based Password Managers Found

Computer hackers could exploit vulnerabilities in popular Web-based password managers and learn users' credentials for arbitrary websites.

FCC Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has already received about 780,000 comments on new open Internet rules.

The World's First Photonic Router
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The World's First Photonic Router

A team of scientists have demonstrated the world's first photonic router, a step toward overcoming the difficulties of building quantum computers. 

Squishy Robots
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Squishy Robots

A new phase-change material built from wax and foam, that is capable of switching between hard and soft states, could be used to construct inexpensive robots. 

Hamas and Israel Step Up Cyber Battle for Hearts and Minds
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Hamas and Israel Step Up Cyber Battle for Hearts and Minds

Sites such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have been inundated with posts seeking to win the hearts and minds of people in the Middle East and elsewhere in the...

Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf discusses the fate of the Internet w/ Stephen Colbert (Video)
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Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf discusses the fate of the Internet w/ Stephen Colbert (Video)

Vint Cerf, Google Chief Internet Evangelist and general co-father of the Internet, stopped by The Colbert Report on Comedy Central to discuss the origins of the...

Ethical, Autonomous Robots of the Near Future
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Ethical, Autonomous Robots of the Near Future

Researchers are giving serious consideration to the ethics of artificial intelligence as they consider a world with autonomous robots. 

NASA Seeks Proposals for Europa Mission Science Instruments
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NASA Seeks Proposals for Europa Mission Science Instruments

NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa...

Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family
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Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family

In suite 712 of the Eventi Hotel, high above the sticky June bustle of Midtown Manhattan, New York, one of the world's most advanced consumer robots awaits command...

New Qubit Design Provides Parity Bit for Schrödinger Cat States
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New Qubit Design Provides Parity Bit for Schrödinger Cat States

The RAM in our computers is constantly refreshed to ensure that it maintains the intended information.

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone
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Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.

New Horizons Only One Year from Pluto
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New Horizons Only One Year from Pluto

In July 2015, NASA will discover a new world.

Uncertainty Gives Scientists New Confidence in Search for Novel Materials
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Uncertainty Gives Scientists New Confidence in Search for Novel Materials

Researchers have developed a method to estimate uncertainties in computer calculations that are used to facilitate the search for new materials. 
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