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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...

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...

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law
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How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law

Supercomputing needs to be extended beyond the limits of Moore's Law, says Sandia National Laboratories' Erik DeBenedictis.

Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii
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Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii

Researchers at Iran's University of Tehran have unveiled a humanoid robot that can walk, mimic a person's arm gestures, and stand on one foot while bending backwards...

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...

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.

Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition
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Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition

The euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge is designed to assess how well cooperative robot systems perform as part of a simulated emergency-response operation.

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.  
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