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How Google's Self-Driving Car Works
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How Google's Self-Driving Car Works

Once a secret project, Google's autonomous vehicles are now out in the open, quite literally, with the company test-driving them on public roads and, on one occasion...

Pr2 Can Now Fetch You a Sandwich From Subway
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Pr2 Can Now Fetch You a Sandwich From Subway

Researchers from the University of Tokyo and Technische Universitat Munchen have given a robot common sense. 

Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites
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Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites

Gravity may be woven into the very fabric of space-time, but some objects seem nearly immune to its pull. Scale something down to the size of a dust particle...

Building a Subversive Grassroots Network
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Building a Subversive Grassroots Network

Commotion Wireless is the Open Technology Initiative's effort to develop mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) so that citizens of oppressive governments can maintain...

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Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands
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Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands

Kilobots are fairly simple little robots about the size of a quarter that can move around on vibrating legs, blink their lights, and communicate with each other...

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The Psychiatrist in the Machine

McMaster University professor Gary Hasey is trying to devise more effective patient treatment strategies by interpreting physiological signals collected from patients'...

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Next-Generation Supercomputers

Supercomputing performance upgrades are unlikely to be as spectacular in the next decade as they were in the last two, writes University of Notre Dame professor...

Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers
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Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers

Many computer scientists say the High-Performance Linpack test is not the best performance measurement for the world's top supercomputers. The new Graph500 benchmark...

Network Defense Gone Wrong
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Network Defense Gone Wrong

Many companies use content-delivery networks as a defense against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but Michael Rabinovich of Case Western Reserve University...

The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade
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The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade

The January 2011 issue of IEEE Spectrum reviews the most important innovations that came of age in the past 10 years, based on their influence, usefulness, and...

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Computing the Scene of a Crime

The use of fingerprints, shoeprints, handwriting, and other forensic evidence may seem like good science—but often it's not, as it relies heavily on humans for...

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Software Forensics Tools Enter the Courtroom

As litigation over software in the United States and elsewhere has skyrocketed, automatic software forensics tools that can quickly and accurately uncover illicit...

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Telepresence Robot Replaces Editor at Ieee Spectrum

With several companies offering telepresence robots to act as people's proxies at the office, IEEE Spectrum magazine investigated their use earlier this year by...

Building the Lego ­niverse Online
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Building the Lego ­niverse Online

Lego Universe, the online computer game scheduled for release in October, marks the legendary company's first foray into massively multiplayer gaming, and for...

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Cellphone Crime Solvers

Clues to crimes today are as likely to be found by examining the data stored in a cellphone or other mobile device as they are by dusting a crime scene. But the...

The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself
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The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself

Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of the world's most brilliant—and controversial—android makers, has built android copies of a child, a woman, and now, himself.

The Reality of Robot Surrogates
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The Reality of Robot Surrogates

Telepresence technology has a long way to go before people can perform everyday duties with robotic avatars. Present-day telepresence interfaces consist of joysticks...

Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium
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Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium

Information, the very thing that makes it possible to be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, or any other kind of information worker, is threatening our ability to...

The Led's Dark Secret
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The Led's Dark Secret

Solid-state lighting won't supplant the lightbulb until it can overcome the mysterious malady known as "droop."
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