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Soft Memory Device Opens Door to New Biocompatible Electronics
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Soft Memory Device Opens Door to New Biocompatible Electronics

Carolina State University researchers have developed a memory device that it is soft, pliable, and works well in wet environments. The researchers used a liquid...

Robots Get Kinect's 'eyes and Ears'
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Robots Get Kinect's 'eyes and Ears'

Microsoft has added Kinect's software development kit (SDK) to its free Robotics Developer Studio. Access to raw data as well as Kinect's pattern-recognition algorithms...

The Truth About Nasa's Space Tech Spinoffs
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The Truth About Nasa's Space Tech Spinoffs

Tang. Velcro. Teflon. Each is popularly known as a product of the space age, and yet none of them represent actual NASA tech spinoffs. The real truth behind the...

Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans
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Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans

With the U.S. manned space program grounded following the last mission of the space shuttle, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only avenue into space for NASA...

The Ghost Space Shuttle: Nasa Ship in Houston For Every Mission
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The Ghost Space Shuttle: Nasa Ship in Houston For Every Mission

For 30 years, every time a space shuttle has flown, so has OV-095, the ghost orbiter.

Nasa Spacecraft to Enter Large Asteroid's Orbit on July 15
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Nasa Spacecraft to Enter Large Asteroid's Orbit on July 15

On July 15, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid...

A New Direction for Digital Compasses
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A New Direction for Digital Compasses

Cell phones and many other mobile devices now come packed with sensors capable of tracking them as they move. The digital compasses, gyroscopes, and accelerometers...

Wireless Power Could Cut Cord For Patients With Implanted Heart Pumps
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Wireless Power Could Cut Cord For Patients With Implanted Heart Pumps

Researchers at the universities of Washington and Pittsburgh have developed a wireless power system for ventricular assist devices, which are implanted in people...

Stanford Engineers Build a Nanoscale Device For Brain-Inspired Computing
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Stanford Engineers Build a Nanoscale Device For Brain-Inspired Computing

Stanford University researchers have developed a nanoelectronic device that mimics human brain synapses, which they say could lead to portable, energy-efficient...

Sandia's 'cooler' Technology Offers Fundamental Breakthrough in Heat Transfer For Microelectronics, Other Cooling Applications
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Sandia's 'cooler' Technology Offers Fundamental Breakthrough in Heat Transfer For Microelectronics, Other Cooling Applications

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have developed the Sandia Cooler, air-cooling technology that has the potential to greatly improve the heat-transfer capabilities...

'Talking' Cars Could Reduce Motorway Pile-­ps
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'Talking' Cars Could Reduce Motorway Pile-­ps

Scientists from the University of Bologna in Italy have developed software that lets cars "communicate" with one another on the road.

Actuated Ankles Make Fake Feet Fitter
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Actuated Ankles Make Fake Feet Fitter

A bionic foot with a battery pack could put the spring back in the step of people who wear leg prostheses.

Global Race on to Match U.s. Drone Capabilities
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Global Race on to Match U.s. Drone Capabilities

At the most recent Zhuhai air show, the premier event for China's aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled...

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Raspberry Pi: Rise of the $25 Computer

Raspberry Pi developers have created a computer designed to inspire a new generation of computer programmers but inexpensive enough to enable schools to give them...

In Search of a Robot More Like ­S
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In Search of a Robot More Like ­S

The robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks often begins speeches by reaching into his pocket, fiddling with some loose change, finding a quarter, pulling it out and twirling...

China Unveils Another Supercomputer
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China Unveils Another Supercomputer

China recently launched its newest supercomputer, known as the Tianhe-1 system, using the same technology that it used to build the Tianhe-1A system. 

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As Smartphones Proliferate, Some ­sers Cut the Computer Cord

A third of all American adults own a smartphone and for many minority and low-income users, those mobile devices have replaced computers for Internet access. The...

Building a Better Quantum Computer with Lasers and (impure) Diamonds
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Building a Better Quantum Computer with Lasers and (impure) Diamonds

If the development of a quantum computer were like motor racing, then we would currently be in the twisty-turny bit that comes before we barrel over the mountain...

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Spies Want to Mine Your Tweets For Signs of the Next Tsunami

The intelligence community has seen the future, and the future is Google Trends. Actually, more like a highly sophisticated version of Google Trends, with Twitter...

Kevin Mitnick Shows How Easy It Is to Hack a Phone
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Kevin Mitnick Shows How Easy It Is to Hack a Phone

British tabloid News of the World said it is closing down over a phone hacking scandal in which workers for the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper allegedly snooped...
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