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Kinect Weighs Astronauts Just By Looking at Them
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Kinect Weighs Astronauts Just By Looking at Them

A body-tracking camera system built into Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor could be used to monitor the weight of astronauts in space, says Eurecom computer scientist...

Smart Guide to 2012: How Best to Test Machine Iq
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Smart Guide to 2012: How Best to Test Machine Iq

AI programs did not fare well in convincing judges at the 2011 Loebner prize competition that they were people. 

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What Is the Higgs Boson and Why Does It Matter?

As the world awaits news of the possible discovery of the Higgs boson, there remains a lot of confusion about what it is, why we have had to work hard to find...

Quantum Hackers: Cracking the ­ncrackable Code
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Quantum Hackers: Cracking the ­ncrackable Code

Norwegian University of Science and Technology researcher Vadim Makarov has developed a quantum cryptography method to defend against attacks of quantum key distribution...

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Wireless Network Can Watch Your Breathing

University of Utah researchers have found that wireless signals can indicate if people in the area are breathing. The researchers surrounded a volunteer with...

Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders
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Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders

Researchers are studying how quantum logic can be used to give robots multiple personalities to make them act more like humans. 

Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders
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Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders

Researchers are studying how quantum logic can be used to give robots multiple personalities to make them act more like humans. 

Quantum Computer Chips Pass Key Milestones
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Quantum Computer Chips Pass Key Milestones

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have developed a quantum computer design based on superconducting electrical circuits that adds a more sustainable...

Robots Use Kinect to Understand Our World
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Robots Use Kinect to Understand Our World

Cornell University researchers are teaching robots to understand the context of their surroundings so that they can pick out individual objects in a room. 

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How to Be in Two Places at the Same Time

An ambitious experiment to make a glass sphere exist in two places at once could provide the most sensitive test of quantum theory yet.

Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles
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Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles

Chemical computers can solve certain problems in computational geometry, according to University of West England professor Andrew Adamatzky and colleagues.

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Garbage-Sorting Robot Gets Its Hands Dirty

Robots could fill the role of sorting through and categorizing discarded material from construction and demolition projects for recyclers as a result of the efforts...

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First Silicon Entanglement Will Aid Quantum Computing

The state of entanglement has been created in silicon for the first time. The feat could lead to quantum computers made like ordinary computer chips.

Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, For First Time
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Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, For First Time

A computer has beaten a human at shogi, otherwise known as Japanese chess, for the first time. Shogi is more complex than western chess, offering about 10224...

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Breaking the Noise Barrier: Enter the Phonon Computer

Noise is a chip designer's worst enemy. But handled properly it could become a powerful ally—and usher in the age of phonon computing.

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Steampunk Chip Takes the Heat

Steampunk, the reimagining of modern day technology through a Victorian perspective, has found an unlikely follower in the US Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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Flawed Proof ­shers In Era of Wikimath

His prospects of answering one of the biggest questions in mathematics may be fading, but Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, may...

Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes
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Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes

Fast quantum computers made of atoms trapped by beams of light could be a step closer, thanks to the first images of the individual atoms in such a grid.

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P ? Np? It's Bad News For the Power of Computing

Has the biggest question in computer science been solved? On 6 August, Vinay Deolalikar, a mathematician at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, sentdraft...

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Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission...
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