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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...

Pacific Biosciences' $600 Million Decoder Ring
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Pacific Biosciences' $600 Million Decoder Ring

On Apr. 28, in a factory in Menlo Park, Calif., a few black and white machines were being assembled and prepped to go into shipping crates. The machines looked...

Csi Bin Laden: Commandos Use Thumb, Eye Scans to Track Terrorists
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Csi Bin Laden: Commandos Use Thumb, Eye Scans to Track Terrorists

The U.S. forces that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound were more than expert marksmen. Some of them were forensics experts as well, using sophisticated...

Information Sharing at the Quantum Limit
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Information Sharing at the Quantum Limit

Led by Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics director Gerhard Rempe, researchers have successfully transferred quantum information encoded in a single photon onto...

Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space
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Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space

More than 30 years after they left Earth, NASA's twin Voyager probes are now at the edge of the solar system.

Cloud Computing and Internet ­se Suck Energy, Emit Co2, Says Greenpeace
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Cloud Computing and Internet ­se Suck Energy, Emit Co2, Says Greenpeace

If it were a country, the Internet would rank fifth in the world in electricity usage, according to a new report on cloud computing from Greenpeace.

Caterpillars Inspire New Movements in Soft Robots
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Caterpillars Inspire New Movements in Soft Robots

A strategy that caterpillars employ to escape predators could be used to improve the speed of soft-bodied search-and-rescue robots, say Tufts University researchers...

­a Engineers Win Patent For Protein-Based Electronic Circuits
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­a Engineers Win Patent For Protein-Based Electronic Circuits

University of Arizona researchers have patented a process for building microscopic wiring circuits made of copper insulated by proteins known as microtubules.

Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science
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Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science

Inside a darkened theater a viewer floats in a redwood forest displayed with Imax-like clarity on a cavernous overhead screen.

Mars's Frozen Ocean of Carbon Dioxide
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Mars's Frozen Ocean of Carbon Dioxide

Mars is a dry, frigid, dusty, nearly airless place. A couple of billion years ago, though, it wasn't much different from Earth.

Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim
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Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim

University of Arkansas physicist Jak Chakhalian is seeking a new miniature building block for quantum computers, using a new class of nanomaterials known as topological...

Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles
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Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles

Chemical computers can solve certain problems in computational geometry, according to University of West England professor Andrew Adamatzky and colleagues.

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Apple, Google Leagues Ahead in Developer Survey

Google lost some ground in its effort to catch Apple's lead in the effort to attract mobile developer interest, but other rivals aren't even close, survey data...

Designs With a Deeper Purpose
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Designs With a Deeper Purpose

Microsoft software design specialist Bill Buxton wants developers to focus on innovations that can improve humans' quality of life.

Car Computer Controls Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers
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Car Computer Controls Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers claim to wirelessly break into automobile networks to take control of brakes and steering as the automobile industry shores up defenses.

Michigan Police Use Device to Download Cellphone Data; Aclu Objects
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Michigan Police Use Device to Download Cellphone Data; Aclu Objects

A high-tech gadget that can quickly download information from a cellphone is at the center of a controversy that's pitting civil liberties advocates against state...

Web Science Meets Network Science
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Web Science Meets Network Science

A pair of divergent scientific communities discusses their similarities and differences, and search for common ground.

I, Domestic Robot
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I, Domestic Robot

With recent advances in laser rangefinders, faster algorithms, and open source robotic operating systems, researchers are increasing domestic robots' semantic and...

Csail Researcher Creates Customizable Buttons
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Csail Researcher Creates Customizable Buttons

New technology developed by a systems robotics engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory can...

Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies
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Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md...
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