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Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data
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Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data

University of British Columbia researchers were able to collect 46,500 email addresses and 14,500 home addresses from Facebook by using socialbots. 

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Inventing the Future of Computing

As researchers confidently predict a future of faster-than-ever transformations in computing, they are creating chips that learn and respond as they gain experience...

3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution
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3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution

The semiconductor industry is moving toward three-dimensional (3D) chip design, stacking dies and moving data from one layer to another. 

Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier
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Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier

The Japanese have broken the 10 petaflop barrier. On Wednesday, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu and the government-funded RIKEN research lab announced the supercomputer...

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H.p. Builds Servers With Cellphone Chips

Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday a new design for some of the world's largest computer centers and says it could reduce power consumption in some cases by...

Pivoting Pixels
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Pivoting Pixels

National Chiao Tung University researchers have developed a method for using micro-electromechanical systems to create mechanical pixels for computerized displays...

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Headless, Humanoid Robot Preps For Army Duty

Sauntering toward you like a mechanized zombie is the Army’s newest recruit: a robot with a blinking red light where its head should be.

Researchers Create Transistors From Natural Cotton Fibers
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Researchers Create Transistors From Natural Cotton Fibers

Cornell University professor Juan Hinestroza was part of an international team that recently developed transistors using natural cotton fibers. 

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In Surprise, China ­nveils Supercomputer Based on Its Own Chips

China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance computing specialists in the United States...

The Making of Arduino
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The Making of Arduino

How five friends engineered a small circuit board that’s taking the DIY world by storm.

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The Genius of Jobs

One of the questions I wrestled with when writing about Steve Jobs was how smart he was. On the surface, this should not have been much of an issue.

Can Software Patch the Ailing Power Grid?
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Can Software Patch the Ailing Power Grid?

A consortium providing the technology for a large-scale smart grid project says the software is nearly complete. 

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...

Science Fiction-Style Sabotage a Fear in New Hacks
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Science Fiction-Style Sabotage a Fear in New Hacks

The U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a nonprofit group that helps the U.S. government identify vulnerabilities for cyberattacks, has replicated the recent attack that...

John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors
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John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors

John Rogers was in his lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign six years ago, testing new ways to make electronic circuits, when one of his team...

Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves
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Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves

Future microchips may have only one type of component, capable of rewiring itself to do different jobs. Researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. have...

Top 'innovators' Rank Low in R&d Spending
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Top 'innovators' Rank Low in R&d Spending

Many companies are devoted to innovation but they tend to have little to show for their spending on research and development, according to a new Booz & Co. report...

Wired Textiles For a Phone as Useful as the Shirt on Your Back
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Wired Textiles For a Phone as Useful as the Shirt on Your Back

Researchers at Ohio State University's ElectroScience Laboratory want to eliminate the need for cell phone hardware, such as Bluetooth earpieces, by developing...

Two Low-Cost Tablets For India's Schools
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Two Low-Cost Tablets For India's Schools

Many of the classrooms in India are short of teachers and devoid of electricity. But what researchers hope they will have are low-cost computer tablets specifically...

Holodesk Prototype Puts Life in Computers
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Holodesk Prototype Puts Life in Computers

Microsoft Research Cambridge has developed Holodesk, a prototype virtual display that enables users to interact with virtual objects using their hands.
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