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September 2014


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Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy

Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy

In factories and warehouses, robots routinely outdo humans in strength and precision.


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Multiple Standards Hinder Growth of Wireless Charging

Multiple Standards Hinder Growth of Wireless Charging

Three standards organizations promote two core technologies for charging mobile devices (and even electric cars) without plugging them in.


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ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media

ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media

The extremists who have seized large parts of Syria and Iraq have riveted the world's attention with their military prowess and unrestrained brutality.


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'Face Time' for the Heart Diagnoses Cardiac Disease

'Face Time' for the Heart Diagnoses Cardiac Disease

New software can show whether or not an individual is experiencing atrial fibrillation. 


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California, Texas Serve as Testing Grounds for Open Source Voting Technology

California, Texas Serve as Testing Grounds for Open Source Voting Technology

Several counties in California and Texas are hoping open source voting will be the solution to electronic voting machines now reaching the end of their lifespans. 


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Finding the 'Holy Grail' of Making Smarter Robots

Finding the 'Holy Grail' of Making Smarter Robots

Robots that can learn how to do just about anything, including anticipating what their human owners are about to do, may be lurking around the corner if scientists at four leading research universities and several high tech companies


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The final ISA showdown: Is ARM, x86, or MIPS intrinsically more power efficient?

The final ISA showdown: Is ARM, x86, or MIPS intrinsically more power efficient?

One of the canards that’s regularly trotted out in discussions of ARM vs. x86 processors is the idea that ARM chips are intrinsically more power efficient thanks to fundamental differences in the ISA (instruction set architecture)


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Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover

Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover

An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory.


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Weathering a New Era of Big Data

Weathering a New Era of Big Data

Increased computing power combined with new and more advanced models are changing weather forecasting.


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The New Digital Medicine

The New Digital Medicine

Affordable, connected, personal medical devices are slowly changing the nature of health care.


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The Power of Memory

The Power of Memory

In-memory databases promise speedier processing.