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Nasa's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta
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Nasa's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta

A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Ursi Project Pushes Bounds of Artificial Intelligence
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Ursi Project Pushes Bounds of Artificial Intelligence

Professor Ken Livingston and his team at Vassar College's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute explored ways to optimize a robot's processing speed and allow...

Microsoft
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Microsoft

Reading my RSS and Twitter feeds Tuesday night, I turned to a tech writer friend and said, "the Wintel Era just ended, and half of these people are fighting over...

5 Tech Breakthroughs: Chip-Level Advances That May Change Computing
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5 Tech Breakthroughs: Chip-Level Advances That May Change Computing

Chip-level advances, including new processors and circuits, could be the building blocks that lead to a new generation of computing products and devices. 

Post-9/11 Technology Brings Exoskeletons, Laser Cannons to 21st-Century U.S. Military
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Post-9/11 Technology Brings Exoskeletons, Laser Cannons to 21st-Century U.S. Military

The U.S. military has evolved so fast in the post-September 11th era that much of its technology would be nearly unrecognizable to commanders, soldiers, airmen...

Swedish Researcher Invents Fast Switching and Printable Transistor
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Swedish Researcher Invents Fast Switching and Printable Transistor

Linkoping University's Lars Herlogsson has developed a fully functional, fast switching, and printable transistor made of inexpensive plastic. The transistor is...

In Plane View
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In Plane View

An airplane’s digital flight-data recorder, or "black box," holds massive amounts of data, documenting the performance of engines, cockpit controls, hydraulic...

On Your Mark, Get Set, Hack!
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Hack!

During a "hackathon" last year, GroupMe co-founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hecht built a group text-messaging service in one 24-hour stretch. In August, the...

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Court Case Asks if 'Big Brother' Is Spelled GPS

The precedent is novel. More precisely, the precedent is a novel. In a series of rulings on the use of satellites and cellphones to track criminal suspects, judges...

Innovation Is Step Toward Digital Graphene Transistors
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Innovation Is Step Toward Digital Graphene Transistors

Purdue University researchers have created a type of graphene inverter, a key building block of digital transistors. 

New Technologies to Lighten the Web's Energy Load
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New Technologies to Lighten the Web's Energy Load

An international research team has developed a chip that promises to reduce the carbon footprint of the Internet's core telecommunications and computing technology...

Ibm's Futuristic Storage Aims For Speed, Density
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Ibm's Futuristic Storage Aims For Speed, Density

IBM is developing super-fast, super-dense storage media that could be available within 10 years. 

Disabled Patients Mind-Meld With Robots
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Disabled Patients Mind-Meld With Robots

They're not quite psychic yet, but machines are getting better at reading your mind. Researchers have invented a new, noninvasive method for recording patterns...

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Security and Surveillance Pervades Post-9/11 New York City

From building-blocking bollards to millimeter-wave scanners, the September 11 terrorist attacks have led to significant changes in security techniques and technology...

Brain-Reading Devices Could Kill Off Keyboard
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Brain-Reading Devices Could Kill Off Keyboard

The QWERTY keyboard has dominated computer typing for more than 40 years, but a new breakthrough that translates human thought into digital text may spell the...

The Next Wave of Botnets Could Descend from the Skies
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The Next Wave of Botnets Could Descend from the Skies

The buzz starts low and quickly gets louder as a toy quadricopter flies in low over the buildings. It might look like flight enthusiasts having fun, but it could...

10 Jobs That Barely Existed on 9/10/01, From Robot Squadmate to Warplane Whisperer
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10 Jobs That Barely Existed on 9/10/01, From Robot Squadmate to Warplane Whisperer

The terror attacks on New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, changed the lives of all Americans—few more so than the millions who have participated in the...

Quantum Computing: Federal Researchers Take One Step Closer
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Quantum Computing: Federal Researchers Take One Step Closer

U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology researchers have achieved the lowest error rate to date for quantum information processing in an experiment...

Apple's Design Wizard Has Not Left the Building
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Apple's Design Wizard Has Not Left the Building

He was the resident wizard at 1 Infinite Loop, the guy sporting minimalist attire, closely cropped hair and a mischievous smile as he pulled one delightful new...

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Matching Images of Brain Activity with Complex Thought

Can you get a text output of your thoughts? Princeton scientists show that it is possible to generate text about the mental content reflected in brain images.
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