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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat
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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon
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At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon

For $150 billion, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could have sent astronauts back to the Moon. The Obama administration judged that too expensive...

China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.
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China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.

A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China...

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With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change
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Intel Tries Anonymity, For a Change

An average laptop contains about 1,800 components, but only one garners much brand awareness from typical consumers: the chip made by Intel.

Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic
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Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic

Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on...

Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics
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Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics

Two decades after global competition drove the mines in this corner of Japan to extinction, Kosaka is again abuzz with talk of new riches.

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand
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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest...

3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution
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3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution

Businesses in the South Park district of San Francisco generally sell either Web technology or sandwiches and burritos. Bespoke Innovations plans to sell designer...

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Advances Offer Path to Shrink Computer Chip

Scientists at Rice University and Hewlett-Packard are reporting this week that they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization...

In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip
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In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip

Apple likes to maintain tight control over what programs can appear on the iPhone—a task that just became a little bit harder.

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IBM ­nveils a New Generation of Mainframes

The mainframe business is to IBM what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise. With the introduction...

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot
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Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot

The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion. The two hit it off quickly—unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism—and the boy is imitating...

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Chinese Edge Toward Supercomputer Record

A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked as the world's second-fastest machine, underscoring China's aggressive commitment to science and technology.

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Decline Is Seen in Nasa

The decline of basic research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration jeopardizes the agency’s ability to study and explore the cosmos, a review panel...

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H.p. Says New Device Could Revolutionize Computer Chips

Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday will report advances demonstrating significant progress in the design of a new class of diminutive switches capable of replacing...

An Express Lane From Camera to Computer
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An Express Lane From Camera to Computer

Intel is developing the Light Peak fiber-optic link, cable technology that will transmit 10 gigabits of data per second bidirectionally, and is expected to scale...

For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
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For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones

The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion. The plants typically take years to build. And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires...

Turning Patents Into
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Turning Patents Into

Nathan Myhrvold wants to shake up the marketplace for ideas. His mission and the activities of the company he heads, Intellectual Ventures, a secretive $5 billion...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...
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