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Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash
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Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash

Hopes that a new breed of commercial drones can be easily integrated into civilian airspace have been dashed after it was revealed that the loss of the technology...

Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture
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Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture

Photos taken of snowfall and posted online could help fill holes in satellite weather data caused by cloud cover, says Indiana University Ph.D. student Haipeng...

Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller
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Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller

The controller for the next Xbox might be able to take biometric readings of your hand, according to a recent Microsoft patent.

'bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids
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'bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids

In The Matrix, the famous "bullet time" effect showed how Keanu Reeves's character Neo was able to sway out of the path of incoming bullets, as time appeared to...

Network Your Stuff: Amateurs Inventing a New Internet
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Network Your Stuff: Amateurs Inventing a New Internet

A growing number of computer hobbyists are merging the online and physical worlds in new ways.  

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads
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Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Free versions of Android apps use up to 75 percent of their energy serving ads or tracking and uploading user data, says Purdue University's Abhinav Pathak. Free...

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads
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Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Struggling to make your smartphone battery last the whole day? Paying for your apps might help.

Poll Consensus on Million-Dollar Logic Problem
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Poll Consensus on Million-Dollar Logic Problem

University of Maryland, College Park computer scientist William Gasarch has re-run his poll on the biggest problem in computer science.

Seven Equations That Rule Your World
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Seven Equations That Rule Your World

The alarm rings. You glance at the clock. The time is 6.30 am. You haven't even got out of bed, and already at least six mathematical equations have influenced...

Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle
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Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle

John Nash's mind is even more exquisite than we thought. The Nobel laureate, famous for both his work in game theory and his schizophrenia—as portrayed in the book...

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Slow Graphene Down, Speed Computers Up

Astonishing conductivity helped the discoverers of graphene win the Nobel prize in physicsin 2010. Now a way to switch off the easy flow of electrons in this wonder...

Phase-Change Materials Can Fix Machine Memory Crunch
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Phase-Change Materials Can Fix Machine Memory Crunch

Phase-change materials (PCMs) could thwart the limits of digital memory and enable a massive increase in storage density. PCM's biggest advantage is that it can...

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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE Euronext...

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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE...

Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe
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Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe

Anthropologist Genevieve Bell gives the chip maker insight into how people experience new technologies.

Bye-Bye Electrons? Circuit Made From Flowing Atoms
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Bye-Bye Electrons? Circuit Made From Flowing Atoms

Kevin Wright and colleagues at NIST chilled 100,000 sodium atoms then used lasers to shape the blob of atoms into a torus and give it enough energy to circulate...

Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots
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Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots

A study to find the quickest way to evolve walking behaviors in virtual robots was conducted by University of Vermont researcher Josh Bongard. He ran simulations...

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Ice and a Slice Makes Transistors More Precise

Transistors can be built more precisely by using ice as a mask, according to researchers at Harvard University. The ice lithography process resembles how computer...

Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules
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Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules

Isaac Asimov would probably have been horrified at the experiments under way in a robotics lab in Slovenia. There, a powerful robot has been hitting people over...

Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb
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Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb

European roboticists have developed software that enables a modular robot to adapt when one part stops working. 
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