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Siemens Scada Hacking Talk Pulled Over Security Concerns

A planned presentation on security vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems was pulled Wednesday over worries that the information in the talk was...

The Search Serpent: The Next Wave in Robotics
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The Search Serpent: The Next Wave in Robotics

Carnegie Mellon University researcher Howie Choset worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Annette Hossoi to develop a snake-like robot that can...

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Spy Planes Played Indispensable Role in Mission

The raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan represents probably the biggest success so far of a revolution in military technology: the ability to relay...

Bin Laden Compound Now a Virtual Training Ground for Commandos
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Bin Laden Compound Now a Virtual Training Ground for Commandos

To passers-by, T.J., a fit 20-something, is running around a red felt carpet about half the size of a basketball court inside a convention center. In his mind...

Irobot Contemplates the Next Big Leap For Robotics, Google's Along For the Ride
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Irobot Contemplates the Next Big Leap For Robotics, Google's Along For the Ride

When I saw iRobot's Ava at CES this January, I was pretty insanely excited. Just a month or so prior I had been prodding iRobot CEO Colin Angle about building...

Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars
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Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars

Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light...

Sony Ceo Warns of 'bad New World'
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Sony Ceo Warns of 'bad New World'

After spending weeks to resolve a massive Internet security breach, Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer said he can't guarantee the security of the company's...

Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels
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Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels

A circuit component touted as the "missing link" of electronics is starting to give up the secrets of how it works.

Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile
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Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile

CEO Paul Otellini said today that Intel is embarking on a big shift in focus, moving its center of gravity to the most power-efficient devices.

Why Gadget Makers Wield a 'Kill Switch'
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Why Gadget Makers Wield a 'Kill Switch'

When you buy a video game from Best Buy, you don't give the retailer the right to barge into your house whenever it wants. So why do we give that permission to...

How Computers Got US Into Space
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How Computers Got US Into Space

When you look back at the past 50 years of human spaceflight, don't forget the computer scientists who helped make it possible.

Foldable Display Shows No Crease After 100,000 Folding Cycles
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Foldable Display Shows No Crease After 100,000 Folding Cycles

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology researchers have developed a prototype seamless display that folds in half without a noticeable crease in the middle.

Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology
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Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology

Hewlett-Packard and University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have mapped out the basic chemistry and structure of what happens inside a memristor during...

Mars Landing Sites Narrowed Down to Final 4
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Mars Landing Sites Narrowed Down to Final 4

After years of poring through images from space and debating where on Mars the next NASA rover should land, it comes down to four choices.

Toward Faster Transistors
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Toward Faster Transistors

In the 1980s and '90s, competition in the computer industry was all about "clock speed"—how many megahertz, and ultimately gigahertz, a chip could boast. But...

Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats
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Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats

A year ago, Ralph Langner was plugging away in relative obscurity, doing security consulting work for the industrial control system industry in his Hamburg headquarters...

How Bin Laden Emailed Without Being Detected By U.s.
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How Bin Laden Emailed Without Being Detected By U.s.

Using intermediaries and inexpensive computer disks, Osama bin Laden managed to send emails while in hiding, without leaving a digital fingerprint for U.S. eavesdroppers...

Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars
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Google Lobbies Nevada to Allow Self-Driving Cars

Google, a pioneer of self-driving cars, is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state where they could be legally operated on public...

Quantum Calculations Can Make Atomic Clocks of the Future Far More Accurate
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Quantum Calculations Can Make Atomic Clocks of the Future Far More Accurate

New calculations of how atoms swell when they’re warmed up can help make the next generation of atomic clocks 10 times more precise.

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Amusement Park Rides that Know When You're Scared

What would it feel like to ride on a roller-coaster that reacts to your emotional state? Visitors to amusement parks may soon be able to find out.
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