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Apple: Disrupt or Perish

While the secret for Apple's success seems patently obvious to most&meash;as obvious as the form and function of the iPhone 4—a more subtle reason is the company's...

Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid
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Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid

Advanced internet technologies, energy management and the smart grid are coming together in an unlikely location: a mid-sized city in the South.

Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home
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Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home

With only two shuttle flights left and the future of manned spaceflight in question, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is having a bit of an identity...

For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First
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For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First

A University of Vermont scientist has created robots that change their body forms while learning how to walk, like tadpoles becoming frogs. These evolving robots...

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In Pursuit of Qubits, Uniting Subatomic Particles By the Billions

In a step toward a generation of ultrafast computers, physicists have used bursts of radio waves to briefly create 10 billion quantum-entangled pairs of subatomic...

Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born
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Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born

Northwestern University researchers have developed GhostBot, a robotic fish that can instantly change directions using a ribbon-like fin, potentially revolutionizing...

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Ncsu Researchers Develop 'unified' Computer Memory Device

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a double floating-gate field effect transistor, a "unified" device which can perform both volatile...

Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
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Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories...

Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication
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Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication

Two groups of physicists have managed to shift the quantum entanglement between two photons onto an entangled state between one photon and a quantum memor.

Ut Professor Leads World Effort in Developing Next Generation of Supercomputers
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Ut Professor Leads World Effort in Developing Next Generation of Supercomputers

University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Jack Dongarra says that exascale supercomputers are needed to solve problems in the economy, engineering, and manufacturing...

Coiled Nanowires May Hold Key to Stretchable Electronics
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Coiled Nanowires May Hold Key to Stretchable Electronics

North Carolina State University researchers have created coils of silicon nanowire on a substrate that can be stretched to more than twice their size, a development...

Groundbreaking Edsac Computer to Be Recreated at Bletchley Park
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Groundbreaking Edsac Computer to Be Recreated at Bletchley Park

The Computer Conservation Society has commissioned a working replica of the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC),  the U.K.'s first fully operational...

Dazzling Dual-Core Phones and Tablets
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Dazzling Dual-Core Phones and Tablets

New processors are a big improvement, but it will take time for apps to take advantage.

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Madrid Opts For Robotics For Its Citizens Services

The Autonomous Community of Madrid is sponsoring Robocity2030, a consortium aimed at developing new applications for service robots to help improve humans' quality...

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DARPA Wants a New Language to Explain Everything

Darpa has a well-earned rep for some of the most ambitious, over-the-top research programs of all time. But this might be the most over-the-toppest of all. The...

Dirac Testbed Reveals How Applications Are Written
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Dirac Testbed Reveals How Applications Are Written

Graphics processing units (GPUs) are increasingly being used in high-performance computing, but there is a question of whether GPUs offer an effective solution...

Cockroach Inspires Robotic Hand to Get a Grip
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Cockroach Inspires Robotic Hand to Get a Grip

Harvard University researcher Robert D. Howe and Yale University professor Aaron Dollar have developed a robotic hand, based on the legs of a cockroach, that is...

Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots
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Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots

A study to find the quickest way to evolve walking behaviors in virtual robots was conducted by University of Vermont researcher Josh Bongard. He ran simulations...

Breaking Bottlenecks
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Breaking Bottlenecks

A new algorithm enables much faster dissemination of information through self-organizing networks with a few scattered choke points.

Smart Contact Lenses For Health and Head-up Displays
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Smart Contact Lenses For Health and Head-up Displays

Lenses that monitor eye health are on the way, and in-eye 3D image displays are being developed too—welcome to the world of augmented vision.
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