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Iran's Alleged Drone Hack: Tough, but Possible

Take everything that Iran says about its captured U.S. drone with a grain of salt. But its new claim that it spoofed the drone’s navigational controls isn't implausible...

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Dm: Iran Pioneering Drone Production

Iran is a leading country in manufacturing different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi stressed on Monday.

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5 Disruptive Technologies Happening Now

From e-books to 3D printing, these technologies are destroying markets and creating new ones.

New Path to Flex and Stretch Electronics
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New Path to Flex and Stretch Electronics

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have developed a technique for producing flexible and stretchable backplanes that could be used, in combination...

Sharpening the Lines
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Sharpening the Lines

Researchers at MIT and the University of Utah have developed a technique that they say surpasses the fundamental limits of microchip design and could lead to more...

Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?
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Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?

Soon after the ill-fated Phobos-Grunt spacecraft stalled in Earth orbit, a former Russian official implicated "powerful American radars" in Alaska. Is there a...

Multi-Purpose Photonic Chip Paves the Way to Programmable Quantum Processors
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Multi-Purpose Photonic Chip Paves the Way to Programmable Quantum Processors

University of Bristol researchers have developed an optical chip that generates, manipulates, and measures two quantum phenomena, entanglement and mixture, which...

First Molybdenite Microchip
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First Molybdenite Microchip

Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne's Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures have developed a molybdenite microchip that confirms...

How ­seful Is a Captured Drone?
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How ­seful Is a Captured Drone?

An American surveillance drone has been captured and filmed in Iran, where experts are apparently examining it.

Streamlining Chip Design
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Streamlining Chip Design

MIT researchers have developed a system that enables hardware designers to specify, in a single programming language, all of the functions they want a device to...

New '3-D' Transistors Promising Future Chips, Lighter Laptops
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New '3-D' Transistors Promising Future Chips, Lighter Laptops

Researchers at Harvard and Purdue universities have developed a type of transistor made from indium-gallium-arsenide, a material that could replace silicon and...

7 Real, Functional Robots You Can Buy Right Now
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7 Real, Functional Robots You Can Buy Right Now

You don't need top military clearance or a degree from MIT to use some of today's most advanced robots.

Putting the 'art' in Artificial Intelligence
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Putting the 'art' in Artificial Intelligence

Like many kids, Antonio Torralba began playing around with computers when he was 13 years old. Unlike many of his friends, though, he was not playing video games...

Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera
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Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera

More than 70 years ago, the MIT electrical engineer Harold (Doc) Edgerton began using strobe lights to create remarkable photographs: a bullet stopped in flight...

Flight of the Warbots
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Flight of the Warbots

How a save-the-earth maker of solar-powered aircraft became the world's most prolific manufacturer of military drones.

It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone
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It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone

Prepare the dissection table. Iran says it’s planning to disassemble its prized acquisition: a CIA-operated drone that apparently crashed in its territory. Its...

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Iranian Armed Forces to Simulate U.s. Rq-170 Drone

A senior parliamentarian underlined Tehran's advanced technological capabilities and possibilities, and said the Iranian Armed Forces intend to simulate the design...

Pro-Grade (3D Printer-Made?) ATM Skimmer
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Pro-Grade (3D Printer-Made?) ATM Skimmer

In July 2011, a customer at a Chase Bank branch in West Hills, Calif., noticed something odd about the ATM he was using and reported it to police.

Look, ­p in the Sky! It's a Drone, Looking at You
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Look, ­p in the Sky! It's a Drone, Looking at You

Unmanned aircraft—or drones—are playing a large role in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, but they're starting to show up the the skies above the U.S....

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Voice Control, the End of the Tv Remote?

Before he died on Oct. 5, Steve Jobs left clues that he was working on a new product that would revolutionize how we interact with our TVs. "It will have the...
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