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Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound
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Echolocating App Will Let You Map a Room with Sound

Bats, dolphins, and even some blind people use echoes to create a mental 3D map of their environment and where they are in it. A smartphone's chirp could soon let...

Robot Arm Wrapped in Sensitive Skin Has Gentle Touch
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Robot Arm Wrapped in Sensitive Skin Has Gentle Touch

Researchers have developed a robot arm that navigates by using the sense of touch, rather than trying to avoid bumping into people and objects. 

Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close
From ACM News

Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close

"Kepler was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week, no weekend rest, my noon, my midnight, my talks, my song; I thought Kepler would last forever...

E-Tattoo Monitors Brainwaves and Baby Bump
From ACM TechNews

E-Tattoo Monitors Brainwaves and Baby Bump

A transparent patch containing electronic circuits as thin as a human hair  could be used to monitor rudimentary brain activity. 

Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars
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Curiosity's Discoveries Hint at Life's Cradle on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has found what it was looking for in its very first taste of Martian rock—much to everyone's surprise.

Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests
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Controversial Quantum Computer Aces Entanglement Tests

A few days ago, I held a quantum computer in my hand—or did I?

Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life
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Kinect Sensor Poised to Leap Into Everyday Life

When Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor first exploded onto the gaming scene in 2010, it wasn't long before people started getting excited about what it might make...

Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks
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Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks

Every year a computer worm emerges to stalk the Internet, each one seemingly bigger and badder than the last (see diagram).

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar
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Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.

3-D Print Yourself Something Big, Piece By Piece
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3-D Print Yourself Something Big, Piece By Piece

Princeton University's Linjie Luo and colleagues have developed Chopper, software that could enable home 3-D printers to print larger and more useful objects.

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers
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Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Computer chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain...

Ok, App, What Should I Wear to This Wedding?
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Ok, App, What Should I Wear to This Wedding?

New software could help people decide what to wear for weddings, job interviews, or first dates.  

Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person
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Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person

A robot that learns to play ping-pong from humans and improves as it competes against them could be the best robotic table-tennis challenger the world has seen.

Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates
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Robots Get Around By Mimicking Primates

Give a friend directions, such as, "it's across the street from a petrol station, just after a red brick building on the right..." and you can be pretty sure they'll...

Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm
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Patent Could Shackle 3D Printers with Drm

One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing technology—the ability to make replacements or parts for household objects like toys, utensils and gadgets—may be denied...

Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy
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Graphics Chips Are For More Than Just Eye Candy

Chances are there is a graphics chip in your desktop computer, and it is fuelling a revolution.

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China
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Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

Although 538 million of China's 1.3 billion people had access to the Internet as of June 2012, most of the country's population is still offline, which led Chinese...

Cameras Know You By Your Walk
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Cameras Know You By Your Walk

Everyone knows how easy it is to recognize a friend or family member from their walk—even from a distance.

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China
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Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

It's not easy to give over 1.3 billion people access to the internet—especially if that population is spread across a vast area that ranges from hinterland to sprawling...
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