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Security 'tokens' Take Hit
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Security 'tokens' Take Hit

RSA Security is offering to provide security monitoring or replace its well-known SecurID tokens—devices used by millions of corporate workers to securely log...

Caltech Researchers Build Largest Biochemical Circuit Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules
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Caltech Researchers Build Largest Biochemical Circuit Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules

California Institute of Technology researchers say they have built the most complex biochemical circuit ever created out of DNA-based devices. 

Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns
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Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns

In a bid to enable computers to learn faster, defense company Lockheed Martin has bought a system that uses quantum mechanics to process digital data.

How Friends Influence Gadget Adoption
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How Friends Influence Gadget Adoption

People are more likely to buy a product that their friends have already purchased, and the spread of adoption within social networks could help predict whether...

Robot Wars Prepare Kids For Manufacturing Jobs
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Robot Wars Prepare Kids For Manufacturing Jobs

Robot battles have drawn kids into novels, TV shows, and movies for decades. Now companies are using robot wars to attract a new generation of employees to high...

Darpa's Regina Dugan on 'the Nation
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Darpa's Regina Dugan on 'the Nation

Dr. Regina Dugan is director of the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, where she researches, develops, and demonstrates high-risk, high-payoff projects...

Parting Shots from a Mars Rover
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Parting Shots from a Mars Rover

NASA is no longer sending commands to the Spirit rover on Mars, but the long-silent robot still has a few more chances to phone home. Not that anyone is expecting...

Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe
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Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe

Anthropologist Genevieve Bell gives the chip maker insight into how people experience new technologies.

Honing Household Helpers
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Honing Household Helpers

Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the...

Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life
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Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life

The National Museum of Computing has finished restoring a Tunny machine—a key part of Allied code-cracking during World War II.

Automotive Black Boxes, Minus the Gray Area
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Automotive Black Boxes, Minus the Gray Area

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will later this year propose a requirement that all new vehicles contain an event data recorder, known more...

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DARPA Challenge Offers Public $100,000 For Small ­nmanned Aircraft

If you think you can build the next generation of unmanned flying aircraft, the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency want to hear from...

Unlimited Possibilities
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Unlimited Possibilities

M. Frans Kaashoek discusses systems work, "undo computing," and what he learned from Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

Biology-Inspired Networking
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Biology-Inspired Networking

Researchers have developed a new networking algorithm, modeled after the neurological development of the fruit fly, to help distributed networks self-organize more...

New Ports Give Pcs More Speed and Flexibility
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New Ports Give Pcs More Speed and Flexibility

Computer shoppers are used to considering features such as design, processor speed, memory, battery life, and hard-disk size. But there's something else they...

NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit
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NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010.

Start-­p Gambles Folks Will Wear Special Contacts to Get Their Reality Augmented
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Start-­p Gambles Folks Will Wear Special Contacts to Get Their Reality Augmented

There could be a lot of reasons why virtual reality hasn’t taken off, and the bulky glasses may not be the only thing holding back the industry.

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Augmented Reality Has Potential to Reshape Our Lives

TV football fans are used to seeing augmented reality in action. That virtual yellow first-down line superimposed on an actual football field is one of the more...

Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer
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Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer

The U.S. National Center for Supercomputing Applications has begun installing Forge, a 153-teraflop hybrid supercomputer that contains both central processing units...

Is Graphene a Miracle Material?
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Is Graphene a Miracle Material?

The material graphene was touted as "the next big thing" even before its pioneers were handed the Nobel Prize last year. Many believe it could spell the end for...
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