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Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies
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Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have developed the System, Component, and Operationally Relevant Evaluations framework, which is...

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Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs?

In the annals of great oxymorons, "non-invasive brain implant" would surely rank up there. Misnomer or not, the University of Michigan is touting just such a...

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Mind-Controlled

Video games can be mesmerizing, even for a rhesus monkey. Which may explain, in part, why six-year-old Jasper has been sitting transfixed at a computer screen...

Hp Plans Apps to Simplify Human-Pc Interaction
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Hp Plans Apps to Simplify Human-Pc Interaction

Hewlett-Packard's Indian research lab is building applications designed to simplify human-computer interaction for enterprises in sectors such as health care and...

Exeter Study Brings Brain-Like Computing a Step Closer to Reality
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Exeter Study Brings Brain-Like Computing a Step Closer to Reality

University of Exeter researchers recently concluded a study involving the first-ever demonstration of simultaneous information processing and storage using phase...

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Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

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DARPA Crowdsources Interstellar Travel

Last August, a bunch of Star Wars fans pestered NASA about a timetable for building a hyperdrive engine. Maybe someone was listening. In May, the Defense Advanced...

Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans
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Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans

Intel's Larrabee GPU will finally go into commercial production next year, but not as a graphics processor. Instead, it will make its debut in a 50-core incarnation...

Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid
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Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin...

A Start-Up
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A Start-Up

With an innovative camera due out later this year from a company called Lytro, photographers will have one less excuse for having missed that perfect shot.

Remembering Alan Turing on His 99th Birthday
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Remembering Alan Turing on His 99th Birthday

Today marks the 99th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, a noted polymath and cryptanalyst who is regarded by many as being the grandfather of modern computing...

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Stretchable Electronics Report How You Feel

Uppsala University researcher Zhigang Wu has collaborated with a team from Laird Technologies to develop a wireless microfluidic stretchable radio frequency electronics...

How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years
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How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years

High on a rocky ridge in the desert, nestled among 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, is the topmost part of a clock that has been ticking for thousands of years...

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Apple's New Multitouch Patent (faq)

Apple picked up a patent Tuesday that could come in very handy in today's thicket of smartphone-related intellectual property litigation.

Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands
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Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands

Kilobots are fairly simple little robots about the size of a quarter that can move around on vibrating legs, blink their lights, and communicate with each other...

Automotive Autonomy
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Automotive Autonomy

Self-driving cars are inching closer to the assembly line, thanks to promising new projects from Google and the European Union.

Sgi, Intel Plan to Speed Supercomputers 500 Times By 2018
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Sgi, Intel Plan to Speed Supercomputers 500 Times By 2018

By 2018, Silicon Graphics International plans to build supercomputers that are 500 times faster than the most powerful systems today, using Intel's many integrated...

3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'
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3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'

Not long ago, I asked Scott Summit, a pioneer in using 3D printing in the design of custom prosthetics and an industrial design expert, who he would recommend...

­CLA Team Reports Scalable Fabrication of Self-Aligned Graphene Transistors, Circuits
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­CLA Team Reports Scalable Fabrication of Self-Aligned Graphene Transistors, Circuits

University of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed a scalable approach to fabricating high-speed graphene transistors. 

Seven Questions For Iridium Ceo Matthew Desch
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Seven Questions For Iridium Ceo Matthew Desch

More often than not, the Iridium satellite phone system is remembered as one of the great telecom flameouts of the 1990s. It almost became a literal one: At one...
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