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Pentagon

The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced thatFrontiers...

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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...

Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs
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Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs

University of Washington (UW) researchers are developing a contact lens with a wirelessly powered light-emitting diode (LED) in the hope that the device can be...

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Experimental Tech Turns Your Coffee Table Into a ­niversal Remote

The recent ACM SIGGRAPH conference offered a video demonstration of Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces (CRISTAL),...

Broadband Is This Generation
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Broadband Is This Generation

In early August, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski toured California to build support for the FCC's ongoing effort to create...

Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws
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Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws

Researchers continue to work to make robots safer to be around humans, but some robot experts say the key is to stop making robots that lack ethics. "If you build...

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain?
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The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain?

Some scientists are concerned that as brain-computer interfaces become widely used and incorporate wireless technologies, "brain hacking" could become a reality...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
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Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize
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Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize

The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited. Two...

Water-Cooled Supercomputer Doubles as Dorm Space Heater
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Water-Cooled Supercomputer Doubles as Dorm Space Heater

IBM and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are building the Aquasar, a new supercomputer that will use water to keep the system cool and will recycle some...

Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?
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Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?

U.S. President Obama recently made cybersecurity a national priority, but at the ACM's Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, Threat Level editor Kevin Poulsen...

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here
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Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here

Arizona election officials demonstrated their Internet voting system at ACM's recent Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference in Washington, D.C. For the 2008...

Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown
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Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown

New software developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is being used with semi-autonomous robots in the war against drug smuggling. The software can be...

iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm
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iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm

iRobot has built over 2,000 machines for the military. Most of 'em are 50 pounds plus, and more than three feet long. But, lately, the company has been working...

Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push
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Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push

Forget the battlefield radios, the combat PDAs or even infantry hand signals. When the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other's minds...

Doe Opens Petascale Supercomputing Power
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Doe Opens Petascale Supercomputing Power

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has committed to releasing a record amount of supercomputing time--1.3 billion processor hours--starting in 2010, giving scientific...

Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords
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Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords

Computer programs that play the game of Go have advanced to the point where they can beat professional human players, as demonstrated by recent victories at the...

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Scratch Lowers Resistance to Programming

Scratch, created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, is a programming environment for creating interactive...

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Supercomputers Break Petaflop Barrier, Transforming Science

The surpassing of petaflop speeds by a new breed of supercomputers could facilitate a profound scientific transformation by bringing simulation to the cutting edge...
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