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­s. And Them.

Someone types a command into a laptop, and Actroid-DER jerks upright with a shudder and a wheeze. Compressed air flows beneath silicone skin, triggering actuators...

Someday Your Brain Could Brake For You
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Someday Your Brain Could Brake For You

Many high-end cars today come equipped with brake assist systems, which help a driver use the brakes correctly depending on particular conditions in an emergency...

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Document: Fbi Surveillance Geeks Fear, Love New Gadgets

Can't wait for 4G to become the ubiquitous standard for mobile communication? On the edge of your seat for the unveiling of Microsoft's secret Menlo Project and...

Quantum Computing Claims Produce ­Uncertainty
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Quantum Computing Claims Produce ­Uncertainty

A Canadian company developing a quantum computer made news in May when it sold a system to defense manufacturer Lockheed-Martin for $10 million, though skeptics...

Nasa's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta
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Nasa's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling toward its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial...

What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?
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What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?

Every week it seems there are reports about U.S. drones—unmanned, remote-controlled aerial vehicles—tracking down suspected terrorists in remote, unreachable...

Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?
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Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?

Research at the University of Oxford is playing a key role in the development of revolutionary insect-sized vehicles with micro-cameras, suitable for different...

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Progress Hits Snag: Tiny Chips ­se Outsize Power

A research team recently presented a paper at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture that highlights the problem of developing smaller, more densely...

'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake
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'Fluid Cloak' to Help Submarines Leave No Wake

Super-stealthy submarines may one day glide through the water without creating a wake, if a plan to channel fluid intelligently around objects can be made to...

Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells
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Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells

Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers...

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The Auteur vs. the Committee

At Apple, one is the magic number.

Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites
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Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites

Gravity may be woven into the very fabric of space-time, but some objects seem nearly immune to its pull. Scale something down to the size of a dust particle...

New Language For Programming in Parallel
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New Language For Programming in Parallel

SofCheck's Tucker Taft has developed the Parallel Specification and Implementation Language, a new programming language designed to maximize the potential of multicore...

The Edison of Silicon Valley
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The Edison of Silicon Valley

Steve Perlman, Silicon Valley’s self-styled Thomas Edison, has found a way to increase wireless capacity by a factor of 1,000.

Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race
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Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race

A rash of cyberattacks has raised the profile of such incursions and led to a booming cyberweapons industry. 

The Army's Bold Plan to Turn Soldiers Into Telepaths
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The Army's Bold Plan to Turn Soldiers Into Telepaths

The U.S. Army wants to allow soldiers to communicate just by thinking. ?The new science of synthetic telepathy could soon make that happen.

Ok, Climate Skeptics: Here's the Raw Data You Wanted
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Ok, Climate Skeptics: Here's the Raw Data You Wanted

Anyone can now view for themselves the raw data that was at the centre of last year's "climategate" scandal.

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Blatter Signals Arrival of Goalline Technology

England's Premier League and any others who want to introduce goalline technology got the go-ahead to do so from FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday, as...

Making Stuff with Molecular Precision
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Making Stuff with Molecular Precision

For more than a decade, scientists have been touting the promise of nanomaterials as a source of new and better products, from stronger structural materials to...

Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020
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Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020

Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the...
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