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China Plans For Humanoid Olympics
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China Plans For Humanoid Olympics

China has announced plans to hold a robot Olympics in 2010, in which humanoid robots will compete in 16 different events ranging from athletics to machine-related...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...

Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots
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Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots

A forthcoming report from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) will explore whether robots could eventually become so intelligent...

­.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List
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­.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List

The organizers of the Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC) have created a list of 12 teams and has asked them to develop their proposals...

Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer
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Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls
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World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls

A laboratory in the United Arab Emirate has built what it says is the world's first Arabic-speaking robot which could soon go into mass production to serve as staff...

K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas
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K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas

Kansas State University's (KSU's) Beocat is a cluster of 122 servers that work together to form Kansas' largest academic research supercomputer. "It's easier to...

Xerox Claims Breakthrough in Printable Circuitry
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Xerox Claims Breakthrough in Printable Circuitry

Xerox says it has developed a new form of silver ink that aligns its molecules to conduct electricity more efficiently. The breakthrough enables electronics to...

The Past, Present and Future of AI
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The Past, Present and Future of AI

The idea that fully-fledged artificial intelligence (AI) — thinking machines that could mimic human intelligence precisely — would be realized by the year 2000...

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Intel Claims Memory Research Milestone

Intel and Numonyx recently announced a breakthrough in computer memory research that they say could eventually result in a less expensive and better-performing...

MIT Researchers Developing Robotic Driving Companion
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MIT Researchers Developing Robotic Driving Companion

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing the Affective Intelligent Driving Agent (AIDA), a robot that would act as a helpful...

Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer
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Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer

China's National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has unveiled the Tianhe supercomputer, the fastest supercomputer in China. Tianhe runs at 563.1 teraflops...

­c Researchers Create All-Electric Spintronics
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­c Researchers Create All-Electric Spintronics

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers have developed a way to control an electron's spin orientation using only electrical means. Previous methods to develop...

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Science at the Petascale: Roadrunner Results ­nveiled

Roadrunner, housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), recently completed its initial shakedown phase while performing accelerated petascale computer modeling...

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DARPA Looks to Send the Internet Into Orbit

There’ve been satellites orbiting Earth for half a century. But getting information to and from them is still a pain. Which is why Pentagon research arm Darpa is...

Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours
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Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new, environmentally friendly silicon-air battery capable of supplying non-stop power...

Embedded Design
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Embedded Design

Embedded computer systems must be fast and efficient. A European consortium has created a new modelling framework that lets designers strike the best balance between...

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data
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Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data

European researchers developed technology that enables a robot to combine data from both sound and vision to create combined, purposeful perception. In the process...

Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality
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Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality

In the not-too-distant future, it might be possible to slip on a pair of augmented-reality (AR) goggles instead of fumbling with a manual while trying to repair...
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