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A Turbulent End to the Pc Era

The personal computer recently celebrated its 30th birthday. Then last week, Silicon Valley staged the PC's funeral.

'endless Forms' Uses the Web to Breed 3-D Printable Objects
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'endless Forms' Uses the Web to Breed 3-D Printable Objects

Cornell University researchers are using their new, interactive EndlessForms.com Web site to allow anyone online to guide the evolution of printable, three-dimensional...

Air Force Eyes Micromachine Bugs That Can Spy
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Air Force Eyes Micromachine Bugs That Can Spy

At the Wright–Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, some Ph.D. candidates are working on micro air vehicles, or tiny flying machines that are remotely piloted...

Red-Light Cameras Throughout Nyc Are Bringing in $52 Million from Speedy City Drivers
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Red-Light Cameras Throughout Nyc Are Bringing in $52 Million from Speedy City Drivers

Lights, cameras, cash. New York's driver nanny cams are working, generating more than $52 million in fines last year from unsuspecting motorists who blew through...

Big Silicon Valley Demand For Analog Engineers' 'black Art'
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Big Silicon Valley Demand For Analog Engineers' 'black Art'

You want a good look at Silicon Valley's bipolar job market? Step into the 11th-floor office of Young Sohn. The CEO of Santa Clara-based Inphi is tearing his...

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Robot 'mission Impossible' Wins Video Prize

You could call it Mission Impossible: Robot Library Heist. An army of flying, rolling, and climbing robots have been taught to work together to find and snatch...

New Police Scanner Raises 'facial Profiling' Concerns
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New Police Scanner Raises 'facial Profiling' Concerns

Beginning this fall, police officers across the nation will have a new weapon holstered onto their belts: A small attachment that weighs about 12 ounces turns...

From ACM News

Is It Cyberwar?

Vote on which scenarios you think qualify as acts of war.

From ACM News

The Death of Booting ­p

Remember "booting up"? It was the first thing you did every morning—you waited two minutes, three minutes, sometimes even longer while your computer ran through...

How Ibm's 5150 Pc Shaped the Computer Industry
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How Ibm's 5150 Pc Shaped the Computer Industry

Most people in the Western world walk around with a powerful computer in their pocket or purse, otherwise known as a smartphone. It's not unusual to see someone...

Stick-On Tattoos Go Electric
From ACM News

Stick-On Tattoos Go Electric

Through a combination of careful theoretical modeling and precise micro-manufacturing, a team of engineers and scientists has developed a new type of ultra-thin...

SDSC Readying 'Gordon' Supercomputer for Pre-Production Trials This Month
From ACM TechNews

SDSC Readying 'Gordon' Supercomputer for Pre-Production Trials This Month

The  San Diego Supercomputer Center this month will launch the pre-production phase of Gordon, the first supercomputer equipped with large amounts of flash-based...

From ACM News

Intel Hopes Sci-Fi Will Help Future Products

For decades, measuring progress in semiconductors was easy. Every year the chips got faster and the industry moved forward. Speed matters far less these days.

Future of War: Private Robot Armies Fight It Out
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Future of War: Private Robot Armies Fight It Out

If robots are simply computers with wings (and missiles), then expect to see future wars fought by the descendants of flash-trading algorithms, with humans as...

From ACM News

Mobile Computing Giants in Patent Free-For-All

The mobile computing boom has turned into a courthouse war of the titans, as big tech companies are increasingly engaged in high-dollar legal disputes over lucrative...

NASA Mars Rover Arrives at New Site on Martian Surface
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NASA Mars Rover Arrives at New Site on Martian Surface

After a journey of almost three years, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet’s Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before...

Defcon Opens Its Doors to Pre-Teen and Teen Hackers
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Defcon Opens Its Doors to Pre-Teen and Teen Hackers

DefCon, the conference where hackers and the people who monitor them get together to trade the latest in hacking and tracking data, had some new attendees: children...

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Blue Waters ­pdate

Effective August 6, 2011, IBM terminated its contract with the University of Illinois to provide the supercomputer for the National Center for Supercomputing...

Caltech-Led Engineers Solve Longstanding Problem in Photonic Chip Technology
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Caltech-Led Engineers Solve Longstanding Problem in Photonic Chip Technology

California Institute of Technology researchers have created a method to isolate light signals on a silicon chip, which they say could lead to the development of...

Building Robots that Understand Human Emotions and Make People Healthier
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Building Robots that Understand Human Emotions and Make People Healthier

 For most of us, the closest we get to a robot in daily life is a Roomba. But Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, director of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab...
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