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Penn Researchers Build First Physical "metatronic" Circuit

University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated "lumped" optical circuit elements, which they say represents a milestone in the field of metatronics.  

CeBIT: Robot Obeys to Commands and Gestures
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CeBIT: Robot Obeys to Commands and Gestures

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology will present technology innovations designed to augment...

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DARPA Warns: Your Iphone Is a Military Threat

There’s a growing threat to the U.S. military, according to the Pentagon's premier research wing. No, it's not Iran’s nukes or China's missiles. It's the iPads,...

Tiny 3D Chips
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Tiny 3D Chips

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are small devices with huge potential. Typically made of components less than 100 microns in size—the diameter of a human...

Nasa Pinning Down Where 'here' Is Better Than Ever
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Nasa Pinning Down Where 'here' Is Better Than Ever

Before our Global Positioning System navigation devices can tell us where we are, the satellites that make up the GPS need to know exactly where they are.

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Garmin Finds a New Direction

In the pantheon of seemingly obsolete technologies, automobile navigation devices might seem ready to join laser discs and pagers.

World's Most Massive Supercomputer Needed For Colossal Space Telescope
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World's Most Massive Supercomputer Needed For Colossal Space Telescope

The International Center for Radio Astronomy Research is working with the Canadian Astronomical Data Center to develop systems that will work with the Square Kilometer...

Drexel Engineering Research Brings Seven Adult-Sized Humanoid Robots Together in the ­.s. For the First Time
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Drexel Engineering Research Brings Seven Adult-Sized Humanoid Robots Together in the ­.s. For the First Time

Drexel University recently celebrated National Engineers Week by presenting seven adult-sized humanoid robots made by the HUBO Lab.  

In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers' Tactics
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In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers' Tactics

The elusive hacker movement known as Anonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its...

Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center
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Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center

Unlike Google, Facebook believes the wimps have a future in the data center. As variousacademics and free-thinking startups seek to reinvent the server using ultra...

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How Data Storage Cripples Mobile Apps

The latest smart phones and tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month came with an emphasis on faster processors and compatibility with faster...

Study Explores Computing Bursts For Smartphones
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Study Explores Computing Bursts For Smartphones

The performance of smartphones could be improved by using chips that are designed for computational sprinting, say researchers at Pennsylvania and Michigan universities...

New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices
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New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices

Smartphone owners can surf the Web, pay bills, watch videos, enjoy music, and send email. But while their gadgets have been designed to handle increasing amounts...

A Law Apple Would Like to Break
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A Law Apple Would Like to Break

These days, it’s hard to find a superlative that adequately describes Apple. But maybe simplest is best: biggest.

In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive
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In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive

The Stockton Tunnel, excavated in 1914, lets San Francisco drivers get between downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf without having to ascend the scarily steep grades...

Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web
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Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web

It's cool to have rabbit ears again.

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More Design Hobbyists, Entrepreneurs Use 3D Printing

Matt Sullivan, a retired soldier, still has trouble explaining his right leg to strangers.

Intel Ponders Solar-Powered CP­ Tech in Graphics, Memory
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Intel Ponders Solar-Powered CP­ Tech in Graphics, Memory

Intel is working to extend its experimental solar-powered processor technology to hardware such as graphics processors, memory, and floating point units.

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Ancient Computers in ­se Today
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If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Ancient Computers in ­se Today

Large sections of the transportation and military infrastructure, some modern businesses, and computer programmers still use technology that has not been updated...

The DIY Copyright Revolution
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The DIY Copyright Revolution

It is something of a fluke that copyright law has become so intertwined with our online lives. For most people, the first things that were easy to create and distribute...
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