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Tiny Robot Learns to Fly a Real Plane
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Tiny Robot Learns to Fly a Real Plane

A small, hobby-sized robot could herald the pilot of the future.

Scientists Make Quantum Leap, Teleport Data from Light to Matter
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Scientists Make Quantum Leap, Teleport Data from Light to Matter

We're one step closer to creating the Ansible communicator in "Ender's Game," the warp drive envisioned by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre and a "Star Trek"...

The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World
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The History of the Predator, the Drone that Changed the World

These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft.

Loneliness Narrows the Uncanny Valley
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Loneliness Narrows the Uncanny Valley

Talking to inanimate objects when you're feeling lonely may not be so strange after all.

Brain-to-Brain Verbal Communication in Humans Achieved For the First Time
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Brain-to-Brain Verbal Communication in Humans Achieved For the First Time

Humans just got a step closer to being able to think a message into someone else's brain on the other side of the world.

Can an Armadillo Paper Airplane Fly? Autodesk Says Yes
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Can an Armadillo Paper Airplane Fly? Autodesk Says Yes

We've all made the standard paper airplane, that elongated triangle made up of six simple folds.

'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat
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'internet of Things,' Not Privacy, to Dominate at Black Hat

As many as 13 previously unknown vulnerabilities in home Wi-Fi routers and networked storage systems are set to be disclosed at the Black Hat computer security...

Experimental Software Allows 3D Object Manipulation in 2d Photos
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Experimental Software Allows 3D Object Manipulation in 2d Photos

The scene in Blade Runner is famous: taking a grainy photo, Rick Deckard zooms, enhances and moves around corners just as you would a 3D space.

No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup
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No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup

Spectacular falls, miraculous goals, and footwork that would put the Premier League to shame—RoboCup 2014 has seen it all.

Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program
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Nsa Recruits College Students For Cyber-Operations Program

The U.S. National Security Agency has selected five more schools for its Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program.

Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories
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Arm Tries to Spread Its Chips to Forests, Felds, and Factories

Forest fire on the way? Building stress getting too high? Farmland too moist?

New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines
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New York Subway Cell Coverage Stinks, But Here Are the Best Lines

The New York City subway system may run 24 hours a day and represent the most efficient means to get around the metropolis, but it has long been a sore spot for...

Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch
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Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch

The performance of the world's fastest computers has been steadily growing for two decades, but the latest tally of their collective performance shows slowing progress...

At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy
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At World Cup, Goal-Line Tech Causes Controversy

As all things that are meant to be infallible, new technology being used in the 2014 World Cup has caused a stir.

Virtual Soccer Now a World Cup Fan's Best Prediction Tool
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Virtual Soccer Now a World Cup Fan's Best Prediction Tool

Thursday marks the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, signaling the start of a global guessing game about which two teams will appear in the finals of the 64-match...

360-Degree Camera Shoots Vr Movies For Oculus Rift
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360-Degree Camera Shoots Vr Movies For Oculus Rift

Step into the silver screen with movies shot using the Panopticam.

A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win Wwii, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer
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A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win Wwii, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer

MI6 called it Station X.

Origami Unfolds a New World of Shape-Shifting Electronics
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Origami Unfolds a New World of Shape-Shifting Electronics

The art of origami is transforming electrical engineering and electronics design, as scientists draw on concepts that could enable new shape-shifting electronics...

Google's Self-Driving Car Turns Out to Be a Very Smart Ride
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Google's Self-Driving Car Turns Out to Be a Very Smart Ride

A white Lexus hybrid SUV inches to the left, creating a slightly wider buffer as it passes a bicyclist in the bike lane on a busy and unseasonably hot Tuesday afternoon...

Getting Everyday Objects to Think
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Getting Everyday Objects to Think

In an interview, Ayla Networks co-founder and Stanford University professor Thomas Lee discusses the future of the Internet of Things (IoT). 
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