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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...

Can Tornado Prediction Be Improved?
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Can Tornado Prediction Be Improved?

Advances in computer modeling and other technologies still cannot overcome the fundamental complexity of thunderstorm and subsequent tornado formation.

Why Bayes Rules: The History of a Formula That Drives Modern Life
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Why Bayes Rules: The History of a Formula That Drives Modern Life

Google has a small fleet of robotic cars that since autumn have driven themselves for thousands of miles on the streets of Northern California without once striking...

Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy
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Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy

Scientists that previously relied on time-shared access to high-performance computers to analyze large datasets are now turning to cloud-based services from the...

Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing
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Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing

Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, paperless for more than a decade, envisions data centers saturated with information and services readily available via the...

Car Computer Controls Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers
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Car Computer Controls Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers claim to wirelessly break into automobile networks to take control of brakes and steering as the automobile industry shores up defenses.

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Being John Malkovich: Personal Control of Individual Brain Cells

In philosophy of mind, a "cerebroscope" is a fictitious device, a brain-computer interface in today's language, which reads out the content of somebody's brain...

Researchers Inventory a World of Information
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Researchers Inventory a World of Information

Data is the common currency that unites all fields of science.

Hackers Harness Microsoft's Kinect For Business and Pleasure
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Hackers Harness Microsoft's Kinect For Business and Pleasure

Gamers and hackers could control the office as well as games with Microsoft's Kinect.

Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication
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Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication

Two groups of physicists have managed to shift the quantum entanglement between two photons onto an entangled state between one photon and a quantum memor.
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