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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones
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Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones

Princeton University researchers have developed power-generating rubber films that can harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking to power electronic...

Survey Reveals Ways to Enhance Teens' Interest in STEM
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Survey Reveals Ways to Enhance Teens' Interest in STEM

A recent Lemelson-MIT Invention Index survey found that teens are enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with 77 percent interested...

Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies
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Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies

Purdue University researchers have developed microids, miniature, insect-like robots that feature tiny legs and mandibles built using solid-state muscles. Computer...

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Computer Scientists Develop Neuro-Computer That Actively Learns

Researchers from the Institute for Theoretical Science at the Graz University of Technology are creating a new generation of neuro-computers based on learning mechanisms...

Signing Contracts on the Telephone
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Signing Contracts on the Telephone

The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Germany has developed VoIPS, software that prevents the tampering and manipulation of telephone...

Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields
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Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields

School systems across the United States are pushing students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing joint programs with...

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Robots Display Predatory-Prey Co-Evolution, Evolve Better Homing Techniques

Researchers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne are applying evolutionary principles to robot development. 

Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes
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Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes

The situation was desperate for the Denver Broncos. On the first Sunday of the National Football League’s 2009 season, with only 28 seconds left in the game, they...

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U.k. Report on Chinese Spying 'unsubstantiated'

A Chinese military expert Sunday (January 31) refuted claims by the U.K.'s national security intelligence agency that China has engaged in commercial espionage,...

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

China's Cyber War on the ­nited States
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China's Cyber War on the ­nited States

In the U.S. Naval Network Warfare Command, the largest threats against U.S. computer networks originate from Chinese hackers. According to a report from Federal...

Milestone Reached on Road to Graphene-Based Electronic Devices
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Milestone Reached on Road to Graphene-Based Electronic Devices

Researchers in the Electro-Optics Center Materials Division at Penn State have produced 100-mm diameter graphene wafers, a key milestone in the development of graphene...

Parallel Algorithm Leads to Cryptography Breakthrough
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Parallel Algorithm Leads to Cryptography Breakthrough

Pico Computing announced that it has achieved the highest-known benchmark speeds for 56-bit DES decryption, with reported throughput of over 280 billion keys per...

Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations
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Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations

Supercomputing has helped astrophysicists create massive models of the universe, but such simulations remain out of reach for many in the United States and around...

Computing Pioneer Herbert Grosch, Dead at 91
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Computing Pioneer Herbert Grosch, Dead at 91

Herbert R.J. Grosch, a computing pioneer who served as ACM president from 1976-1978, died on January 18 at the age of 91.

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Nsf Earmarks $30m For Game-Changing Internet Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $30 million across two to four projects to redesign the Internet via new security, reliability, and collaborative...

Nasa to Boost Speed of Deep Space Communications
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Nasa to Boost Speed of Deep Space Communications

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wants to combine three space-based communication networks into a much faster, more efficient data...

Female Teachers Can Transfer Fear of Math and ­ndermine Girls' Math Performance
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Female Teachers Can Transfer Fear of Math and ­ndermine Girls' Math Performance

University of Chicago researchers have found that female elementary school teachers can pass on their anxiety and stereotypes about math to female students. 

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Major Step Towards Low-Power All-Optical Switching For Optical Communications

A key breakthrough involving optical random access memory has been achieved by Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) and Ghent University. Researchers...
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