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Meet Diesel, a Cute Dog and Organic Robot
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Meet Diesel, a Cute Dog and Organic Robot

A Labrador Retriever named Diesel has become a canine that functions as a Cyber-Physical Search and Rescue Dog through a high-tech vest. 

Hail Cyborgs! The Line Between Robots and Humans Is Blurring
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Hail Cyborgs! The Line Between Robots and Humans Is Blurring

The advance of robotics heralds an increasingly porous boundary between machines and people.

World's Thinnest Nanowires May Lead to Foldable Tablets, Smartphones
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World's Thinnest Nanowires May Lead to Foldable Tablets, Smartphones

Researchers  have created nanowires 1/1,000th the width of the microscopic wires used today to connect transistors in integrated computer chips. 

This 3D Printer Technology Can Print a Game Controller, Electronics and All
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This 3D Printer Technology Can Print a Game Controller, Electronics and All

The Rabbit Proto is an open source three-dimensional printer attachment that enables the device to make functioning electronic prototypes. 

It's Now Possible to Wirelessly Charge 40 Smartphones From 16 Feet Away
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It's Now Possible to Wirelessly Charge 40 Smartphones From 16 Feet Away

Researchers have broken a record by transmitting enough power wirelessly over a distance of about 16 feet to simultaneously charge up to 40 smartphones. 

AI Gets Its Groove Back
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AI Gets Its Groove Back

The field of artificial intelligence is making real progress after a long period of sporadic advances that failed to pan out. 

Home ­sers Cite Laziness For Lax Online Security
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Home ­sers Cite Laziness For Lax Online Security

A survey examining why people do not adequately protect their home computers found that about 80 percent of respondents said they were too lazy. 

Dell's New Research Division Wants Computers to Detect Your Mood
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Dell's New Research Division Wants Computers to Detect Your Mood

Dell Research is conducting experiments to detect a person's mood, for use in computers involved with education and communications. 

All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates
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All Android Devices at Risk of Being Hacked When Installing Os System ­pdates

Security researchers have uncovered a new class of vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. 

Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws
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Newest Bug Bounty Touts $10K Rewards, Appeals for Help in Finding Flash Flaws

The Internet Bug Bounty program recently paid $10,000 each to a pair of security researchers for vulnerabilities they found in Flash. 

Quantum Rewrites the Rules of Computing
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Quantum Rewrites the Rules of Computing

Quantum computers are rewriting the rules of how computing works, but even the people developing them say they cannot explain how they work. 

Nasa 'codeathon' Seeks Apps That Address Coastal Flooding
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Nasa 'codeathon' Seeks Apps That Address Coastal Flooding

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's third global codeathon offers four climate-themed challenges. 

AI Researcher Says Amoral Robots Pose a Danger to Humanity
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AI Researcher Says Amoral Robots Pose a Danger to Humanity

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Selmer Bringsjord says understanding morality is increasingly important as robots become smarter and more autonomous. ...

Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used
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Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used

Aviation experts have cited multiple possible reasons for the problems in the multi-country effort to locate the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that dropped off the...

Cyberattacks Could Paralyze ­.s., Former Defense Chief Warns
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Cyberattacks Could Paralyze ­.s., Former Defense Chief Warns

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said a large-scale cyberattack against U.S. infrastructure is "the most serious threat in the 21st century." 

Open Source Challenges a Proprietary Internet of Things
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Open Source Challenges a Proprietary Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation recently created the AllSeen Alliance, which combines the AllJoyn Framework with its open source network. 

Swarm of Bat-Like Flying Robots Could Hunt For Survivors or Terrorists
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Swarm of Bat-Like Flying Robots Could Hunt For Survivors or Terrorists

Bats are the inspiration for an initiative at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to develop small flying robots. 

Half of Americans Want to Live in a Smart City With Driverless Cars
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Half of Americans Want to Live in a Smart City With Driverless Cars

Nearly half of Americans want to live in a city where all vehicles are driverless, and a third think that might happen in the next 10 years, according to an Intel...

Researchers Plan to ­se Nano-Satellites as Space Traffic Cops
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Researchers Plan to ­se Nano-Satellites as Space Traffic Cops

Researchers are developing a team of small satellites that will serve as traffic cops in space. 

Google Is Developing a Smart Contact Lens
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Google Is Developing a Smart Contact Lens

Google researchers are developing a smart contact lens that uses tiny chips, sensors, and antennas to continuously test diabetics' blood sugar levels. 
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