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Wireless Sensors Monitor Brain-Waves on the Fly

A fighter pilot heads back to base after a long mission, feeling spent. A warning light flashes on the control panel.

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Inside the Mind of a Video Game Champ

If there is one general rule about the limitations of the human mind, it is that we are terrible at multitasking.

How Siri Makes Computers (and Coders) More Human
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How Siri Makes Computers (and Coders) More Human

Siri, a program in the latest Apple iPhone that can carry out a wide spectrum of vocal commands without requiring training or special syntax from the user, stands...

The $1,000 Human Genome?
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The $1,000 Human Genome?

The race to the $1,000 genome heated up today as Life Technologies, based in Carlsbad, Calif., announced it will debut a new sequencing machine this year that...

One-Atom-Tall Wires Could Extend Life of Moore's Law
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One-Atom-Tall Wires Could Extend Life of Moore's Law

There may be a bit more room at the bottom, after all.

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Tiny Biocomputers Move Closer to Reality

Several research groups are developing DNA-based circuits that could one day monitor and treat disease from inside the body.

Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?
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Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?

Soon after the ill-fated Phobos-Grunt spacecraft stalled in Earth orbit, a former Russian official implicated "powerful American radars" in Alaska. Is there a...

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Cyberwar Most Likely to Take Place Among Smaller Powers, Experts Say

Most Americans who worry about cyberwarfare are concerned that it will be directed against the United States. But the truth is that cyber conflict is far more...

Panoramic Tool Lets ­sers Observe Dynamic Imagery
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Panoramic Tool Lets ­sers Observe Dynamic Imagery

New imagery available through Carnegie Mellon's GigaPan Time Machine lets users move in space and time to explore the sun, a beehive, or the chlorophyll content...

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IBM Simulates 4.5% of the Human Brain, and All of the Cat Brain

Supercomputers can store more information than the human brain and can calculate a single equation faster, but even the biggest, fastest supercomputers in the world...

Precision-Controlled Microbots Show They Could Take On Industrial-Scale Jobs
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Precision-Controlled Microbots Show They Could Take On Industrial-Scale Jobs

A pioneering research institute that introduced the computer world to the mouse, hypertext, and networks is now setting its sights a bit lower.

Instant Health Checks For Buildings and Bridges
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Instant Health Checks For Buildings and Bridges

During 2011's deadly onslaught of earthquakes, floods and tornadoes, countless buildings had to be evacuated while workers checked to make sure they were stable...

Synchronized Swimming: Patrolling For Pollution with Robotic Fish
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Synchronized Swimming: Patrolling For Pollution with Robotic Fish

Michigan State University researchers want to develop robotic fish that can navigate underwater and patrol for pollution in oceans, lakes, and rivers. 

Post-9/11 Technology Brings Exoskeletons, Laser Cannons to 21st-Century U.S. Military
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Post-9/11 Technology Brings Exoskeletons, Laser Cannons to 21st-Century U.S. Military

The U.S. military has evolved so fast in the post-September 11th era that much of its technology would be nearly unrecognizable to commanders, soldiers, airmen...

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Security and Surveillance Pervades Post-9/11 New York City

From building-blocking bollards to millimeter-wave scanners, the September 11 terrorist attacks have led to significant changes in security techniques and technology...

Science After 9/11: How Research Was Changed By the September 11 Terrorist Attacks
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Science After 9/11: How Research Was Changed By the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

New work in forensics, biodefense and cyber security blossomed after the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and in the skies over Pennsylvania, but increased...

Why Math Works
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Why Math Works

Most of us take it for granted that math works—that scientists can devise formulas to describe subatomic events or that engineers can calculate paths for space­craft...

Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2
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Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2

Although the stories told by Pixar Animation Studios take place in richly realized fantasy realms, the science and technology required to create those worlds...

A Test For Consciousness
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A Test For Consciousness

How will we know when we've built a sentient computer? By making it solve a simple puzzle.

The Rise of a New Science Superpower?
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The Rise of a New Science Superpower?

Since the turn of the 21st century, the number scientific papers published predominantly by Chinese researchers in any of the Nature journals has risen from six...
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