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A Stitch in Time... at the Speed of Smartphones
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A Stitch in Time... at the Speed of Smartphones

Your grandmother's hobby is going high-tech. Amid sewing's pop-culture revival, makers of sewing machines are cutting no corners in their appeal to the next generation...

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3-D Printers May Someday Allow Labs to Create Replacement Human Organs

The machine looks like the offspring of an Erector Set and an inkjet printer. The "ink" feels like applesauce and looks like icing. As nozzles expel the pearly...

NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid
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NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to...

Air France 447: How Scientists Found a Needle in a Haystack
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Air France 447: How Scientists Found a Needle in a Haystack

Two weekends ago, investigators announced that they had recovered the flight data recorder from the wreckage of Air France 447—a jetliner that crashed in the deep...

How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab
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How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab

Intel's new three-dimensional transistor design, announced last week, is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development work that began in...

Better Glasses-Free 3-D
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Better Glasses-Free 3-D

MIT researchers have developed HR3D, a new method for glasses-free 3D displays. The researchers say their method could double the battery life of devices such...

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Five Gadgets that Will Be Dead in Five Years

If there's one thing that's predictable in the technology world, it's that things change. Products that were commonplace 10 years ago (PDAs, CRT televisions,...

Bin Laden's Computers Will Test U.s. Forensics
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Bin Laden's Computers Will Test U.s. Forensics

For the U.S. government, the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan represents a unique opportunity to test advanced computer forensics techniques called...

Revolutionary New Paper Computer Shows Flexible Future for Smartphones and Tablets
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Revolutionary New Paper Computer Shows Flexible Future for Smartphones and Tablets

Researchers at Queen's University, Arizona State University, and E Ink Corp. have developed the PaperPhone, an interactive paper-sized computer that "looks, feels...

Good Thinking, Einstein
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Good Thinking, Einstein

The longest experiment in space physics began with three men in a university swimming pool arguing about Einstein. It ended Wednesday, after 52 years and $750...

Intel Increases Transistor Speed by Building ­pward
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Intel Increases Transistor Speed by Building ­pward

Intel announced that by building a key portion of a microprocessor's transistor above the chip's surface, it has found a way to make smaller, faster, lower-power...

Researchers Use Xbox Technology to Improve Programs
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Researchers Use Xbox Technology to Improve Programs

University of Texas at Arlington researchers are using Microsofte's Xbox Kinect technology to improve virtual sign language software.

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Humanoid Robots Catch Imagination at National Symposium in Pune

Research and Development Establishment, Engineers, recently held a two-day symposium on robotics and autonomous vehicles, which featured 250 delegates who discussed...

How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold
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How Credit Card Data Is Stolen and Sold

Last week, after the Sony PlayStation Network was attacked by a group of unknown hackers, Sony's 77 million customers, along with security specialists and government...

Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30
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Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30

Matthew Rothman bought an HP 12c financial calculator for his first job out of college in 1989. Years later, he still has the same calculator. And he still uses...

How Satellites Helped Get Bin Laden
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How Satellites Helped Get Bin Laden

The climax of the Osama drama took place on the ground in Pakistan, but the gutsy military operation would have been impossible to pull off without a web of orbiting...

Robots Learn to Share, Validating Hamilton's Rule
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Robots Learn to Share, Validating Hamilton's Rule

French researchers are developing robots with altruistic traits based on Hamilton's rule, which states that an organism is more likely to express altruism with...

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Helmet Camera Technology Enables Live Front-Line Video

Helmet-mounted cameras mean live video can be sent direct from the front line back to headquarters. This technology enabled military and intelligence chiefs to...

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What to Expect from Bin Laden's Hard Drives

The Navy SEALs who raided Osama bin Laden's hideout Sunday tapped into the "mother lode of intelligence," according to a U.S. official speaking to Politico. It...

Herding Swarms of Microrobots
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Herding Swarms of Microrobots

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University demonstrated that they were able to control a group of microrobots to create complex patterns...
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