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Nasa's Robot May Get Japanese Space Companion
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Nasa's Robot May Get Japanese Space Companion

The next launch of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery will carry a humanoid robot to the International Space Station. Dubbed Robonaut 2 (R2), the robot has a helmeted...

World's Smallest Computer Watches You
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World's Smallest Computer Watches You

Researchers recently unveiled the first complete millimeter-scale computing system that is about the size of the letter "N" on the back of a penny (or about the...

Calling All Cars: Cell Phone Networks and the Future of Traffic
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Calling All Cars: Cell Phone Networks and the Future of Traffic

Ask someone what they think the future of driving is, and the most likely response involves self-driving cars.

Memristors: Pass or Fail?
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Memristors: Pass or Fail?

The device may revolutionize data storage, replacing flash memory and perhaps even disks. Whether they can be reliably and cheaply manufactured, though, is an open...

Evaluating Government Funding
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Evaluating Government Funding

A presidential report asserts the value of U.S. government investments in the cross-agency Networking and Information Technology Research...

Grid Computing's Future
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Grid Computing's Future

Outreach programs and usability improvements are drawing many researchers to grid computing from disciplines that have not traditionally used such resources.

Researchers Store Data in Flash Memory ­nder Low Voltage Conditions
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Researchers Store Data in Flash Memory ­nder Low Voltage Conditions

University of Massachusetts Amherst and Texas A&M University researchers have developed a method for writing information to flash memory under low-voltage conditions...

The Secret World of Printing Concept Cars in 3D
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The Secret World of Printing Concept Cars in 3D

The work that goes into building a physical model of a concept car is usually hidden behind closed doors, known only to engineers sworn to secrecy and similarly...

Light-Emitting Rubber Could Sense Structural Damage
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Light-Emitting Rubber Could Sense Structural Damage

Researchers at Princeton University have built a new type of sensor that could help engineers quickly assess the health of a building or bridge. The sensor is...

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Aiming to Power Ever More Complex Graphics, Nvidia Plans Quad-Core Mobile Chip This Year

Chipmaker Nvidia plans this year to introduce a four-core processor, code-named Project Kal-El, that should offer roughly five times the processing power of its...

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Mature Mobile Industry Moves to Keep Customers It Has

In the pioneer days of the mobile phone industry, wireless carriers raced to put phones in the hands of the unconnected masses. With cellphones now ubiquitous...

 Report: Stuxnet Hit 5 Gateway Targets on Its Way to Iranian Plant
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Report: Stuxnet Hit 5 Gateway Targets on Its Way to Iranian Plant

Attackers behind the Stuxnet computer worm focused on targeting five organizations in Iran that they believed would get them to their final target in that country...

Nasa
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Nasa

The last time NASA visited the Tempel 1 comet, it was with fireworks, on July 4, 2005. On that day, the Deep Impact spacecraft slammed an 820-pound projectile...

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Wireless Advances Could Mean No More Cell Towers

As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers—those unsightly stalks of steel topped by transmitters and other electronics that sprouted across the country...

Print Me a Stradivarius
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Print Me a Stradivarius

The industrial revolution of the late 18th century made possible the mass production of goods, thereby creating economies of scale which changed the economy—and...

Heading Into the Bonus Round
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Heading Into the Bonus Round

A bonus round is something one usually associates with the likes of a TV game show, not a pioneering deep space mission. "We are definitely in the bonus round...

Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson
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Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson

His name is Watson. He's bad with puns. Great at math. And, next week, he will compete on the game show "Jeopardy!" against real, live, breathing, thinking humans...

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Rediscovering Wwii's Female 'computers'

In all the interviews and conversations, it hadn't come up. To the sisters, it was just a job they'd held a long time ago, when they were teens with a talent...

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­md Advance Lights Possible Path to Creating Next-Gen Computer Chips

University of Maryland researchers recently made tiny integrated circuits using visible light, a major breakthrough that could allow computer manufacturers to make...

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Intel Developing Security 'game-Changer'

Intel researchers are developing computer security technology that stop all zero-day attacks. "We're going to see a quantum jump in the ability of future devices...
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