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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning
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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning

Two recent studies show that roboticists are applying some fresh thinking to the building and operation of robot hands, and a third suggests why the work is so...

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Eye Robot

As technology for robots continues to evolve, their wider use is being held back by the inability to see better. New York University's Yann LeCun has pioneered...

China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.
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China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.

A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China...

Wide Open Spaces
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Wide Open Spaces

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's decision to open frequencies in the broadcast spectrum could enable broadband networks in rural areas, permit smart...

Security in the Cloud
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Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.

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With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops
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Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops

Robots are already vacuuming our carpets, heading into combat and assisting docs on medical procedures. Get ready for a next generation of "near human" bots that'll...

Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time
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Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time

Specialized hardware and software could provide new insights into the social Web.

Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago
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Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago

The University of Chicago Computation Institute at Argonne National Laboratory has introduced Beagle, a 150 teraflops, 18,000-core Cray XE6 supercomputer that will...

Towards Better Explosives Detectors
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Towards Better Explosives Detectors

Over the past decade, a team of NIST scientists have been working to stop the threat of terrorist-based attacks in the form of explosives or explosive-based devices...

Researcher Reveals Gps Vulnerabilities
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Researcher Reveals Gps Vulnerabilities

University of Texas professor Todd Humphreys says the smart electric grid is susceptible to spoofing attacks that target global positioning system (GPS) timing...

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.

Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin
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Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin

A team of researchers from the United States, China, Korea, and Singapore have developed flexible ultra-thin sheets of inorganic light-emitting diodes and photodetectors...

Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors
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Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors

A new type of device could ultimately hold more data than flash memory.

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Nanotube Thermopower

Researchers from MIT have found a way to store energy in thin carbon nanotubes by adding fuel along the length of the tube, which can later be turned into electricity...

Batteries Smaller Than a Grain of Salt
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Batteries Smaller Than a Grain of Salt

Researchers in California are aiming to create some of the tiniest batteries on Earth, the largest of which would be no bigger than a grain of salt. These tiny...

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Triple-Mode Transistors Show Potential

Rice University researchers are using graphene to develop circuits that could be more compact and versatile than what is currently possible with silicon-based technologies...

Atomic-Level Manufacturing with Every Atom in its Proper Place
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Atomic-Level Manufacturing with Every Atom in its Proper Place

The long-held dream of creating atomically precise three-dimensional structures in a manufacturing environment is approaching reality, according to the top scientist...

German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz
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German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz

It is a remarkable acrobatic display. Two German radar satellites are now flying in tight formation as they prepare to make the most detailed ever 3D map of the...

Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light
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Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light

Imagine a bionic arm that plugs directly into the nervous system, so that the brain can control its motion, and the owner can feel pressure and heat through their...
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