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Hiding Files in Flickr Pics Will Fool Web Censors

Life is about to become more difficult for countries trying to censor access to foreign Websites. A system dubbed Collage will allow users in these countries...

Gesture-Based Computing Takes a Serious Turn
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Gesture-Based Computing Takes a Serious Turn

Call me a creature of habit, but I approach any new computer interface with a sense of apprehension.

Deolalikar Responds To Issues About His P?np Proof
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Deolalikar Responds To Issues About His P?np Proof

Vinay Deolalikar is standing by his P≠NP claim and proof. He has updated his paper several times in an effort to answer some questions that have been raised about...

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Nasa's Chief Technologist Seeks to Develop Transformative Programs

When Bobby Braun was a Ph.D. student in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford, he couldn't imagine holding the "dream job" he's doing now—NASA's chief technologist...

Dual Antennas Would Boost Cell-Phone Signals
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Dual Antennas Would Boost Cell-Phone Signals

New design would mean fewer dropped calls, longer battery life.

'god Couldn't Do Faster': Rubik's Cube Mystery Solved
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'god Couldn't Do Faster': Rubik's Cube Mystery Solved

It has taken 15 years to get to this point, but it is now clear that every possible scrambled arrangement of the Rubik's cube can be solved in a maximum of 20...

Issues In the Proof That P?np
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Issues In the Proof That P?np

The mathematics community is working on deciding whether or not to accept Vinay Deolalikar's claimed proof that P≠NP. Two computer science professors summarize...

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In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding

In a match that pitted video game players against the best known computer program designed for the task, the gamers outperformed the software in figuring out...

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Researchers Successfully Test Prototype Spintronic Device

Researchers have demonstrated the first plastic computer memory device that utilizes the spin of electrons to read and write data. So-called "spintronics" could...

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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...

 ­.S. Military to Attack Moore's Law for Future Computers
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­.S. Military to Attack Moore's Law for Future Computers

Computers that can perform a quintillion calculations per second are being planned by the U.S. military.

Holographic Displays, Robot Eyes Hint at Your Interactive Future
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Holographic Displays, Robot Eyes Hint at Your Interactive Future

The eyes may be the window to the soul. But what do you see when you look into robotic eyes so real that it’s almost impossible to tell they are just empty, mechanical...

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In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding

In a match that pitted video game players against the best known computer program designed for the task, the gamers outperformed the software in figuring out...

Shape-Shifting Robots
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Shape-Shifting Robots

Self-folding sheets of a plastic-like material point the way to robots that can assume any conceivable 3D structure.

Artificial Life Forms Evolve Basic Intelligence
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Artificial Life Forms Evolve Basic Intelligence

For generations, the Avidians have been cloning themselves quietly in a box. They're not perfect, but most of their mutations go unnoticed. Then something remarkable...

Why Sex?
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Why Sex?

Computer science proposes a new solution to one of evolutionary theory's oldest problems.

Adding Temperature to Human-Computer Interaction
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Adding Temperature to Human-Computer Interaction

An experimental new game controller adds the sensation of hot and cold to users' experience of a simulated environment.

­nraveling the Matrix
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­nraveling the Matrix

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Gilbert Strang has developed a way to split certain types of matrices into simpler ones, which could help produce...

Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms
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Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms

When you are in hostile territory, it pays to stick together—especially if you are a robot. Falling into line will be easier with an innovative communication system...

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New Focus For Digital Photography

Software that gives users more control of a camera could revolutionize photography.
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