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Robotic Aircraft & Ground Vehicle to Collaborate at Robotics Rodeo
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Robotic Aircraft & Ground Vehicle to Collaborate at Robotics Rodeo

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute are poised to show the U.S. Army an advanced approach to enabling autonomous collaboration among dissimilar robotic...

Cars and Wind: What's Next for Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?
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Cars and Wind: What's Next for Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?

Google, a vanguard of the Internet, has placed its bets on the high-tech transformation of non-tech industries—cars and wind energy.

Intel Tries Anonymity, for a Change
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Intel Tries Anonymity, for a Change

An average laptop contains about 1,800 components, but only one garners much brand awareness from typical consumers: the chip made by Intel.

Study Shows Why It's Hard to Crash the Electric Grid
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Study Shows Why It's Hard to Crash the Electric Grid

A recent study accounting for the two most important laws of physics governing the flow of electricity shows why terrorists would have a hard time bringing down...

The Green City That Has a Brain
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The Green City That Has a Brain

The planned city of PlanIT Valley in northern Portugal is aiming to be an environmentally sustainable city. And, like an organism, it will have a brain: a central...

Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw
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Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw

In a record Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released updates today for Windows, Internet Explorer, and the .NET framework that feature fixes for 49 holes, including...

Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile
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Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has started using autonomous robot vehicles to patrol the vast desert surrounding...

Time for U.S. to Assert Itself on the Internet, Report Says
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Time for U.S. to Assert Itself on the Internet, Report Says

The United States should apply its interests in overseeing the Internet's infrastructure because it plays such a crucial role in the country's national security...

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Researcher Finds Top Reasons for Facebook Unfriending

University of Colorado Denver's Christopher Sibona surveyed more than 1,500 Facebook users on Twitter and found that the number one reason for unfriending is frequent...

Planar Battery Could Help Integrate Solar, Wind Power Into the Grid
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Planar Battery Could Help Integrate Solar, Wind Power Into the Grid

A flat sodium-nickel chloride battery could deliver 30 percent more power at lower temperatures than its cylindrical counterpart, making it a viable alternative...

Web Code Offers New Ways To See What Users Do Online
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Web Code Offers New Ways To See What Users Do Online

Worries over Internet privacy have spurred lawsuits, conspiracy theories and consumer anxiety as marketers and others invent new ways to track computer users...

Smart Phone Game Helps Players Make Healthier Food Choices
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Smart Phone Game Helps Players Make Healthier Food Choices

A Georgia Tech study has shown that playing health-related video games on a mobile device can help adults learn to live more healthfully by making smart diet choices...

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Chinese and Saudis Lead Way in Internet Use

People in China and the Middle East are the busiest and most enthusiastic internet users, a study of the world’s online habits has revealed.

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EU Calls Stuxnet 'Paradigm Shift' As U.S. Responds More Mildly

While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a "paradigm shift" in critical infrastructure...

Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic
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Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic

Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on...

Artificial Intelligence: Helping Man Explore the Cosmos
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Artificial Intelligence: Helping Man Explore the Cosmos

Man's first 50 years of spaceflight may have been fuelled by human ingenuity but it is artificial intelligence that will play an increasingly important role in...

Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
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Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips

Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics.

The Smartphone's Shape-Shifting Future
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The Smartphone's Shape-Shifting Future

The smartphone of the future might lose its sleek, solid shell to become a shape-shifter, able to alter its appearance to signal an alert in situations where...

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Large Study Shows Females Are Equal to Males in Math Skills

The mathematical skills of boys and girls, as well as men and women, are substantially equal, according to a new examination of existing studies in the current...

Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, for First Time
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Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, for First Time

A computer has beaten a human at shogi, otherwise known as Japanese chess, for the first time. Shogi is more complex than western chess, offering about 10224...
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