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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

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...

New Language For Programming in Parallel
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New Language For Programming in Parallel

SofCheck's Tucker Taft has developed the Parallel Specification and Implementation Language, a new programming language designed to maximize the potential of multicore...

The Edison of Silicon Valley
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The Edison of Silicon Valley

Steve Perlman, Silicon Valley’s self-styled Thomas Edison, has found a way to increase wireless capacity by a factor of 1,000.

Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race
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Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race

A rash of cyberattacks has raised the profile of such incursions and led to a booming cyberweapons industry. 

The Army's Bold Plan to Turn Soldiers Into Telepaths
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The Army's Bold Plan to Turn Soldiers Into Telepaths

The U.S. Army wants to allow soldiers to communicate just by thinking. ?The new science of synthetic telepathy could soon make that happen.

Ok, Climate Skeptics: Here's the Raw Data You Wanted
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Ok, Climate Skeptics: Here's the Raw Data You Wanted

Anyone can now view for themselves the raw data that was at the centre of last year's "climategate" scandal.

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Blatter Signals Arrival of Goalline Technology

England's Premier League and any others who want to introduce goalline technology got the go-ahead to do so from FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday, as...

Making Stuff with Molecular Precision
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Making Stuff with Molecular Precision

For more than a decade, scientists have been touting the promise of nanomaterials as a source of new and better products, from stronger structural materials to...

Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020
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Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020

Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the...

Wisebed: The First Pan-European Sensor Network Open to the Scientific Community
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Wisebed: The First Pan-European Sensor Network Open to the Scientific Community

The European Wisebed laboratory project, a collaboration between universities and research centers in Germany, Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United...

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Ibm Speeds Storage With Flash: 10b Files in 43 Minutes

IBM researchers have created a data storage system that can scan 10 billion files in 43 minutes, using flash memory to store the metadata, which the storage system...

Hint of Higgs, but Little More
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Hint of Higgs, but Little More

When its experiments started in earnest earlier this year, many scientists hoped that the world's most powerful collider would turn up new particles, additional...

From ACM TechNews

Computers Understand Hand-Waving Descriptions

A new gesture-based interface developed by the Hasso Plattner Institute's Christian Holz and Microsoft Research's Andy Wilson does not require users to memorize...

Discovery May Overcome Obstacle For Quantum Computing: Ubc, California Researchers
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Discovery May Overcome Obstacle For Quantum Computing: Ubc, California Researchers

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of California, Santa Barbara say they have made a major advance in predicting and eliminating...

Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater
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Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater

NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is scheduled...

Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments
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Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments

Paying for the morning commute will soon be accomplished by the wave of a smartphone. State and local governments are joining Internet, credit card, and wireless...

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Study: Less Than 50% of Smartphone Users Make Calls

What's the point of a smartphone? If you answered "To make calls," then congratulations: You're in the minority. A new survey from social communications company...

Recruiters Outnumber Job-Seekers at Hacker Fair
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Recruiters Outnumber Job-Seekers at Hacker Fair

Tom Sherlock demonstrated his wearable computer. Steven Neff, hemmed in by a scrum of recruiters from Google, Rackspace and Pulse News, showed off his art-filled...

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Robots ­se Kinect to ­nderstand Our World

Picture the scene, a few years from now. "Robot, fetch me that pillow over there," you say to your ever-willing butlerbot. "Certainly sir," it replies. "What's...
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