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Robot With Skin to Improve Human Communication

Computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire are covering a child-sized humanoid robot with artificial skin in an effort to help autistic children improve...

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Simple Technology Links Students With Peers Overseas

A growing number of East Carolina University undergraduates are having international experiences without ever leaving the Greenville, N.C., campus. The university's...

Web Tool 'as Important as Google'
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Web Tool 'as Important as Google'

Physicist Stephen Wolfram says the goal of his free Wolfram Alpha program, which will be available to the public starting in the middle of May, is to "make expert...

Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.I.P.?
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Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.I.P.?

Researchers from Toshiba and Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory say secure quantum communication is possible with practical components for high-speed photon...

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Sending Cell Phones Into the Cloud

Intel Research Berkeley scientists Byung-Gon Chun and Petros Maniatis have developed CloneCloud, a cloud computing-based clone of smartphones that can handle large...

Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated by Compressed Air
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Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated by Compressed Air

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has developed a unique robotic hand that can firmly hold objects...

Consortium Lights the Way for Photonics Research Community
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Consortium Lights the Way for Photonics Research Community

An umbrella group set up to give direction to Europe's emerging photonics community has proposed a program of strategic research and is calling for action to address...

 RFID Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential
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RFID Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential

In a nondescript manufacturing plant on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Fernando, Calif., a khaki-green machine the size of a buffet table sucks in bright pink ribbon...

Here Comes the Smart Grid
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Here Comes the Smart Grid

A new data model developed by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, at other universities, and in the private sector will help facilities and buildings...

Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars
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Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars

Cybercriminals still have the upper hand on the Internet despite nearly two decades of technological advancement, and Carnegie Mellon University professor William...

Software to Improve the Design of Aircraft Wings
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Software to Improve the Design of Aircraft Wings

TECNALIA is working with AERNNOVA on the ICARO project, which is developing multidisciplinary optimization software that would help design the most effective aircraft...

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In Major Shift, Apple Builds Its Own Chip Design Team

In a major strategy shift, Apple reportedly has begun boosting its capability to design its own computer chips in an effort to create exclusive features for its...

Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors
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Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors

People around the world are circumventing their governments' censorship of Web content using tools developed and provided by a diverse coalition of political and...

DOE Opens Petascale Supercomputing Power
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DOE Opens Petascale Supercomputing Power

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has committed to releasing a record amount of supercomputing time--1.3 billion processor hours--starting in 2010, giving scientific...

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Google Begins Tracking Swine Flu in Mexico

Google is attempting map how the swine flu is spreading through Mexico by compiling information from swine flu-related searches in Mexico. The mapping effort is...

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Panel Advises Clarifying U.S. Plans on Cyberwar

A report based on a three-year study by a panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences says the United States does not have a clear military policy on how...

FIRST Thing: Robotics in Every School
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FIRST Thing: Robotics in Every School

Robotics education should be offered in every school, says Brian Toohey, a supporter of the nonprofit organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and...

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Where It's Hip to Count Flops

Last summer the U.S. Department of Energy's $120 million IBM Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory was declared the fastest computer in the...

Conference Encourages Young Women to Pursue Technical Careers
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Conference Encourages Young Women to Pursue Technical Careers

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory held its 21st annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference last month, welcoming approximately...

Computer Scientists Add Smell to Games
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Computer Scientists Add Smell to Games

Birmingham University computer scientist Bob Stone is developing artificial smell simulators that could be used to make video games more realistic or by the military...
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