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Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate
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Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate

When Earth's rotation gets far enough out of sync with the drumbeat of atomic time, a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the world’s clocks...

Spider Silk Sensors Could Search For Life on Mars
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Spider Silk Sensors Could Search For Life on Mars

Ziggy Stardust would love this: Spiders could help find life on Mars.

Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays
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Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays

The swipe--without actually needing to touch a screen with a finger--will be the next dominant computer interface method, according to researchers in Germany. 

Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed Als Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute
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Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed Als Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute

Typing six words per minute may not sound very impressive. But for paralyzed people typing via a brain-computer interface (BCI), it's a new world record.

Researcher Hacks Self-Driving Car Sensors
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Researcher Hacks Self-Driving Car Sensors

Laser-ranging (lidar) systems that most self-driving cars use to detect obstacles can be hacked by a setup costing about $60.

Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?
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Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?

New technological developments are fomenting an explosion in the diversity and application of robotics.

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster Than Best Supercomputers
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Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster Than Best Supercomputers

Two Ph.D. students are seeking to determine how soon artificial intelligence might exceed the capabilities of the human brain.  

Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos
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Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborated with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to find a better way to search for matching tatoos...

Spintronic Devices Possible Without Magnetic Material
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Spintronic Devices Possible Without Magnetic Material

Argonne National Laboratory researcher Stephen Wu has found it may be possible to generate spin current from insulators without a magnetic material.

The 2015 Top 10 Programming Languages
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The 2015 Top 10 Programming Languages

Java remains at the top of IEEE Spectrum's second annual ranking of programming languages. 

Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution
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Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution

ETH Zurich researchers sought to bypass some of the limitations of evolutionary robotics by training a "mother robot" to autonomously assemble children robots. 

The Computer Chip That Never Forgets
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The Computer Chip That Never Forgets

In 1945, mathematician John von Neumann wrote down a very simple recipe for a computer.

Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality
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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the...

Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency
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Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency

Researchers are studying a class of materials capable of switching from an insulating state to a conductive, metallic one. 

Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer
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Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer

Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi computer, got his start coding games in BASIC on a BBC Micro when he was 10. 

Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer
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Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer

Researchers are developing a system that takes light from optic fiber, amplifies it, and beams it across a room to deliver data at more than 100 Gbps. 

Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged
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Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged

We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's...

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

University of California, Berkeley professor Michael I. Jordan says rhetoric about machine learning and other computer science fields goes too far. 

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea
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Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas researchers have nearly doubled the swimming speed of their robotic octopus.

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing
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Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing

In September 1976, in the midst of the Cold War, Victor Ivanovich Belenko, a disgruntled Soviet pilot, veered off course from a training flight over Siberia in...
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