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Building the Lego ­niverse Online
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Building the Lego ­niverse Online

Lego Universe, the online computer game scheduled for release in October, marks the legendary company's first foray into massively multiplayer gaming, and for...

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Cellphone Crime Solvers

Clues to crimes today are as likely to be found by examining the data stored in a cellphone or other mobile device as they are by dusting a crime scene. But the...

The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself
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The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself

Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of the world's most brilliant—and controversial—android makers, has built android copies of a child, a woman, and now, himself.

The Reality of Robot Surrogates
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The Reality of Robot Surrogates

Telepresence technology has a long way to go before people can perform everyday duties with robotic avatars. Present-day telepresence interfaces consist of joysticks...

Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium
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Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium

Information, the very thing that makes it possible to be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, or any other kind of information worker, is threatening our ability to...

The Led's Dark Secret
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The Led's Dark Secret

Solid-state lighting won't supplant the lightbulb until it can overcome the mysterious malady known as "droop."

Sign Language By Cellphone
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Sign Language By Cellphone

Researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University are working on the mobileASL project, which is developing a mobile phone that would enable deaf...

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Virginia Tech Is Building an Artificial America in a Supercomputer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University researchers have created a virtual America, modeling the lives of approximately 100 million Americans, using...
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