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Paralyzed Man Uses Brain-Powered Robot Arm to Touch
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Paralyzed Man Uses Brain-Powered Robot Arm to Touch

Giving a high-five. Rubbing his girlfriend's hand. Such ordinary acts—but a milestone for a paralyzed man. True, a robotic arm parked next to his wheelchair did...

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Gadgets the Pentagon Made

The cool voice assistant that runs on the iPhone 4S? Years ago, someone thought what Apple calls Siri would be a valuable tool for the military. Come to think...

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In Supercomputing, a Turn to Energy-Saving Graphics Chips

In computing, as in so many fields, the best path to progress is often not a straight line.

Ibm Projects It Will Have World
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Ibm Projects It Will Have World

IBM isn't resting on its laurels as the newly crowned second-most valuable technology company in the world.

Rice Physicists Move 1 Step Closer to Quantum Computer
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Rice Physicists Move 1 Step Closer to Quantum Computer

Rice University researchers have developed an electron superhighway that could be used to build a quantum computer. 

Ieee Conference Keynoters Lay Out Path to Exascale Computing
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Ieee Conference Keynoters Lay Out Path to Exascale Computing

Three keynote speakers addressed the challenges of exascale computing at the recent IEEE Cluster 2011 conference, and described the obstacles and opportunities...

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Patent Lawyer Demand Rises Following ­.s. Legislative Overhaul

 Patent attorneys, who typically have degrees in fields such as engineering as well as law, are in such demand that their specialty may account for more than 15...

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Coming Soon: The Drone Arms Race

At the Zhuhai air show in southeastern China last November, Chinese companies startled some Americans by unveiling 25 different models of remotely controlled aircraft...

Computer Virus Hits U.s. Drone Fleet
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Computer Virus Hits U.s. Drone Fleet

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots' every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan...

Advances in Reliable Computing Draw Recognition For Doctoral Student
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Advances in Reliable Computing Draw Recognition For Doctoral Student

Arizona State University doctoral student Reiley Jeyapaul's research focuses on finding solutions to the problems that cause computers to crash, lose data, or behave...

Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)
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Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)

If anyone can be said to represent the spirit of an entrepreneurial generation, the man to beat for now is the charismatic cofounder and chairman of Apple Computer...

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10 Ways Steve Jobs Changed the World

Fortune looks back at how Steve Jobs changed the way we think about and use technology forever, putting his own stamp on everything from the personal computer...

Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56
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Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies...

Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom
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Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom

Researchers at Rice and Nanyang Technological universities, working at the Institute for Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics, are preparing for full-scale production...

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Nissan's Cars Will Read Your Mind

The Japanese automaker is teaming up with Swiss researchers to build a car that will predict its driver's intentions.

Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems
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Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems

All it took was one click of a mouse from the CEO of the ACME Chemical company.

Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition
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Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition

As soon as Apple unveils its highly anticipated new version of the iPhone on Tuesday, millions of people are likely to start plotting how to be among the first...

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On the Front Line Against the Next Stuxnet

Something has gone terribly wrong on the plant floor at ACME Specialty Chemical International Inc.

Taking Touch Beyond the Touch Screen
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Taking Touch Beyond the Touch Screen

A tablet computer developed collaboratively by researchers at Intel, Microsoft, and the University of Washington can be controlled not only by swiping and pinching...

Ready For the Robot Revolution?
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Ready For the Robot Revolution?

Robots are about to invade our lives. From performing household chores, to entertaining and educating our children, to looking after the elderly, roboticists...
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