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Researchers Aim to Revolutionize 3D Printing, Global Manufacturing
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Researchers Aim to Revolutionize 3D Printing, Global Manufacturing

Researchers are developing new materials to be used for 3D printing, and are working on a technique for building multiple materials into the same product. 

Nasa Robots Blaze the Trail For Humans on Mars
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Nasa Robots Blaze the Trail For Humans on Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars rovers "are our eyes, our feet, our hands on the ground that inform us before we get there." 

Nasa's New Robots May Revolutionize Space Exploration
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Nasa's New Robots May Revolutionize Space Exploration

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers are developing a interstellar robot that could land on a planet by hitting the surface and bouncing...

By 2018, Cars Will Be Self-Aware
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By 2018, Cars Will Be Self-Aware

"Cars will become the first robot most of us experience in our lifetime," says Gartner analyst Thilo Koslowski. 

Thanks to the Nsa, Quantum Computing May Some Day Be in the Cloud
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Thanks to the Nsa, Quantum Computing May Some Day Be in the Cloud

The U.S. National Security Agency is spending about $80 million for basic quantum computing research.

Researchers Compete to Bring Humanoid Robots to Life
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Researchers Compete to Bring Humanoid Robots to Life

During the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge,  researchers will compete to enable humanoid robots to collaborate with humans. 

Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore
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Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore

At a wine bar in San Francisco on Wednesday, Broadcom Chairman and CTO Henry Samueli delivered some sobering news: Moore's Law isn't making chips cheaper anymore...

From ACM News

Why the ­.s. May Lose the Race to Exascale

In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers—exascale—there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.

Microsoft Sees Huge Potential in Fuel Cells
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Microsoft Sees Huge Potential in Fuel Cells

Microsoft recently released a study that touted the use of fuel cells to power data centers. 

Researchers Find Way to Increase Range of Wireless Frequencies in Smartphones
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Researchers Find Way to Increase Range of Wireless Frequencies in Smartphones

Researchers have developed a method for tuning the radio frequency in smartphones and other wireless devices that reduces costs and improves the performance of...

Nasa Says First Space Internet Test 'beyond Expectations'
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Nasa Says First Space Internet Test 'beyond Expectations'

The first tests of a laser communication system by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration have been surprisingly error-free.

Your Car Is About to Go Open Source
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Your Car Is About to Go Open Source

Automakers are working to standardize a Linux-based operating system for in-vehicle infotainment systems that would make cars act more like smartphones. 

Researchers Beef Up Flash Memory With Protein
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Researchers Beef Up Flash Memory With Protein

Researchers in Asia say they have created the first three-dimensional flash memory device made with protein. 

Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap
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Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg took aim at the gender gap in the technology industry at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Sweet! Tiny, Far-Flying Robot Based on Honeybee
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Sweet! Tiny, Far-Flying Robot Based on Honeybee

Researchers are developing a flying robot based on the honeybee. 

Security Researchers Create ­ndetectable Hardware Trojans
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Security Researchers Create ­ndetectable Hardware Trojans

A new paper shows how integrated circuits used in computers, military equipment, and other critical systems can be compromised during the manufacturing process. ...

Bug Bounty Program Slates $300k Mobile Hacking Contest For November
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Bug Bounty Program Slates $300k Mobile Hacking Contest For November

Hewlett-Packard Tipping Point's bug bounty program will sponsor the second annual Mobile Pwn2Own contest this fall. 

Nissan Plans to Offer Affordable Self-Driving Cars By 2020
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Nissan Plans to Offer Affordable Self-Driving Cars By 2020

Nissan says it is on track to begin selling self-driving cars by the end of this decade. 

­.s. Appetite For Internet ­ser Data Not ­nique
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­.s. Appetite For Internet ­ser Data Not ­nique

Despite recent concerns about information collection by the United States, law enforcement agencies in Europe and other nations appear to gather equal or greater...

Researchers Develop Acoustic-Based Data Transfer System For Phones
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Researchers Develop Acoustic-Based Data Transfer System For Phones

Microsoft researchers have a system that offers near-field communications-like capabilities without requiring dedicated wireless hardware. The system uses sound...
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