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Household Robots Move from Science Fiction to Reality

Rosie the Robot could finally be coming to your home. Willow Garage, a startup in Menlo Park, has designed a robot called the PR2 that calls to mind the Jetsons'...

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Flash Memory That'll Keep on Shrinking

Researchers at UCLA and Samsung have developed a type of flash memory that uses graphene and silicon to store information. The researchers say the use of graphene...

Quantum Computer Chips Pass Key Milestones
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Quantum Computer Chips Pass Key Milestones

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have developed a quantum computer design based on superconducting electrical circuits that adds a more sustainable...

Flexible Electronics Hold Promise
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Flexible Electronics Hold Promise

A team from Wake Forest University, working with interdisciplinary collaborators from Stanford University, Imperial College London, the University of Kentucky,...

How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck
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How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck

Deep inside Microsoft is the brain of a mad scientist.

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Airline Pilots Forgetting How to Fly? Computer Controls Blamed

Are airline pilots forgetting how to fly? As planes become ever more reliant on automation to navigate crowded skies, safety officials worry there will be more...

New Supercomputer Benchmarks Overdue?
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New Supercomputer Benchmarks Overdue?

The yardstick used to identify the world’s best-performing supercomputers–the Linpack Benchmark–no longer reflects "real-world usage" and ought to be replaced with...

Animated or Real, Both Are Believable
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Animated or Real, Both Are Believable

It is still possible to distinguish between a living, breathing character in a movie and an animated one—but it is getting harder.

Nasa Measures Irene's Record Rain Totals From Space
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Nasa Measures Irene's Record Rain Totals From Space

NASA has totaled the impressive rainfall from Hurricane Irene using highly precise microwave measurements from a satellite.

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Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Captures Earth And Moon

On its way to the biggest planet in the solar system—Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft took time to capture its home planet and its natural satellite—the moon.

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Milky Way Galaxy Re-Created

How long does it take to simulate the Milky Way? The answer is about nine months, if you're using a powerful supercomputer.

The First Fully Stretchable Oled
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The First Fully Stretchable Oled

University of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed the first fully stretchable organic light-emitting diode.

Argonne Nanoscientists Invent Better Etching Technique
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Argonne Nanoscientists Invent Better Etching Technique

Argonne National Laboratory researchers have developed an improved etching method that involves shooting beams of electrons at computer chips, which could lead...

Seeing the Future of the Office Internet
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Seeing the Future of the Office Internet

Inside the headquarters of networking giant Cisco in San Jose, California, lies a technology showcase where executives can test out advanced technologies like...

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Jobs's Departure as Ceo Puts Product Vision in Hands of Ive

Steve Jobs's departure as chief executive officer this week leaves Apple Inc. without the full- time attention of its technology visionary, putting pressure on...

Human Gait Could Soon Power Portable Electronics
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Human Gait Could Soon Power Portable Electronics

The energy of human motion could be used soon to power cell phones and other portable devices, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers Tom Krupenkin...

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IBM Work With World's Thinnest Material Seen Creating Faster Pcs

A one-atom-thick layer of carbon may one day help International Business Machines Corp. and the U.S. military build more precise radar and computers that operate...

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Better 'photon Loops' May Be Key to Computer and Physics Advances

University of Maryland, Harvard University, and U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are close to developing a method for steering photons...

Could A Crypto-Computer in Your Pocket Replace All Passwords?
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Could A Crypto-Computer in Your Pocket Replace All Passwords?

Cambridge University researcher Frank Stajano recently presented a paper on the Pico, a tiny, portable computer that functions as the authenticator for potentially...

Robonaut Wakes Up In Space
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Robonaut Wakes Up In Space

After months of patiently snoring away in its storage bag, Robonaut 2—the first dexterous humanoid robot in space—finally got its wakeup call on Monday.
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