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Technology on Way to Forecasting Humanity's Needs, Researcher Reports
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Technology on Way to Forecasting Humanity's Needs, Researcher Reports

Much as meteorologists predict the path and intensity of hurricanes, Indiana University's Alessandro Vespignani believes we will one day predict with unprecedented...

How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare
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How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare

Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, with drones dramatically tilting the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in favor of the United States...

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise
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Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application...

Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws
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Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws

Researchers continue to work to make robots safer to be around humans, but some robot experts say the key is to stop making robots that lack ethics. "If you build...

Researchers Set New Distance Record for Quantum Key Distribution
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Researchers Set New Distance Record for Quantum Key Distribution

Researchers from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and Corning Inc. have set a new distance record for quantum key distribution (QKD) using a new prototype...

Council Releases Network Science and Engineering Research Agenda
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Council Releases Network Science and Engineering Research Agenda

Ellen Zegura, chair of the Computing Community Consortium's (CCC) Network Science & Engineering (NetSE) Council, released a report during the GENI Engineering Conference...

Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection
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Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection

A discovery-based, three-day workshop at Arizona State University (ASU) for junior high school students aims to get young adults interested in science, technology...

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Three Atom Spintronic Device

Engineers in the United Kingdom and China are working to find alternative ways of creating the microelectronic components of the future. Surrey University physicists...

Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits
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Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits

Much attention has been given to the approaching scientific limit to chip miniaturization and the continuation of Moore's Law, but an economic limit is nearingView...

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Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer Configuration Is Decided

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Fujitsu will deploy a new system configuration with a scalar processing architecture in its next...

Federal CTO Says ­.S. Lagging in Innovation
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Federal CTO Says ­.S. Lagging in Innovation

The United States must capitalize on emerging opportunities in order to regain the top spot in innovation, federal chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra said in...

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Yale Researchers Create Database-Hadoop Hybrid

Yale University professor Daniel J. Abadi has led the development of HadoopDB, an open source parallel database management system (DBMS) that combines the data-processing...

Seeking Advice on Women in Science
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Seeking Advice on Women in Science

A hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education concluded that while the scientific and engineering...

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This Data Will Self-Destruct: Tool Makes Online Info Vanish

The University of Washington has developed a system, called Vanish, that puts an expiration date on electronic data. After a set time period, electronic communications...

Beyond Flash
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Beyond Flash

The race is on for a successor to the popular flash memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined...

Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics
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Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics

Those who learn by repetition rely on "muscle memory," a sense that practice trains muscles to perform specific actions without thought. But does muscle memory...

A New Software to Assess Driving Behavior and Driving Risks
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A New Software to Assess Driving Behavior and Driving Risks

New software designed by a telecommunications engineer at the University of Malaga in Spain has the potential to reduce auto accidents by providing drivers with...

Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare
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Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare

New York University researchers have developed a camera that uses ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light to take photos in the dark without the use of a traditional...

Researcher Will Measure Large-Scale Data Crunching and Computer Storage Outsourcing
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Researcher Will Measure Large-Scale Data Crunching and Computer Storage Outsourcing

The National Science Foundation has awarded Wayne State University professor Song Jiang with a Faculty Early Career Development Program award to develop a method...

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Future Cars Will Communicate to Avoid Collisions

The recent First Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) conference in Sydney featured a demonstration of how the flocking technique could be used to control cars....
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