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Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone
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Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone

Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected...

Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display
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Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display

The HoloFlex is a flexible smartphone with a holographic lightfield display that can simultaneously project glasses-free three-dimensional images to multiple users...

Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel
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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Researchers have developed a "myoelectric" haptic system designed to work with a prosthetic hand. 

Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster
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Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster

Swiss researchers have developed a graphene filter for microchips that could lead to wireless transmission rates 10 times as fast as what chips deliver today. 

Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff
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Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory have designed a robot called Picobug that can fly and walk, and soon will be able to grab things...

Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds
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Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds

Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds reflects in an interview on what the past wrought and what the future holds for Linux. 

How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves
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How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves

Google Research is letting robots them learn for themselves how to grasp objects. 

What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?
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What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?

Old Dominion University  engineers want to use Internet-connected cars as a cloud computing resource. 

Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls
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Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls

A robot developed at Stanford University is the first to combine flying, perching with passive attachment technology, and climbing. 

Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption
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Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption

Computer scientists say they have assembled the first five quantum bits of a quantum computer that could someday factor any number.

Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. National Security Agency vision of a superconducting supercomputer may leap forward with the Cryogenic Computing Complexity program. 

Digital Baby Project's Aim: Computers That See Like Humans
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Digital Baby Project's Aim: Computers That See Like Humans

A cognitive psychology experiment has revealed differences in how humans and computers see images, says Weizmann Institute of Science professor Shimon Ullman. 

Marvin Minsky's Legacy of Students and Ideas
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Marvin Minsky's Legacy of Students and Ideas

The late computer science pioneer and ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Marvin Minsky left behind a wealth of ideas.

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity
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Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

A recent study found the adoption of social robots into people's lives is complicated by humans' tendency to view human-like robots as a threat to their identity...

World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated
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World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated

Researchers from ETH Zurich Switzerland have fabricated the world's first single-atom optical switch. 

This Robot Changes How It Looks at You to Match Your Personality
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This Robot Changes How It Looks at You to Match Your Personality

Sean Andrist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed algorithms to help robots look at people at the right times and in the right ways. 

The Neural Network That Remembers
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The Neural Network That Remembers

A recurrent neural network developed at the University of California, San Diego can mine patterns in reviews and write its own contextually relevant reviews. 

Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done
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Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done

University of Illinois researchers have developed flexible sensors that can operate accurately inside the human body for at least five days before dissolving. 

Laser Printing a Nanoscale Mona Lisa Could Revolutionize Reproduction Technology
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Laser Printing a Nanoscale Mona Lisa Could Revolutionize Reproduction Technology

Plasmonics technology has the potential to revolutionize laser printing, according to researchers at the Technical University of Denmark.

Yahoo's Engineers Move to Coding Without a Net
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Yahoo's Engineers Move to Coding Without a Net

Software engineering at Yahoo has undergone a transformation resulting in fewer errors and a much faster development cycle. 
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