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Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution
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Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution

Carnegie Mellon University roboticist Tony Stentz says that in the near future the farming industry may undergo a significant change as robotic farmhands become...

Downsizing Is Real ­pper For Daylight Solutions
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Downsizing Is Real ­pper For Daylight Solutions

Startup company Daylight Solutions is betting that its cutting-edge sensor technology will change the landscape in fields ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental...

In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E
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In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E

There has been an explosion in hobbyist or do-it-yourself (DIY) robotics, with one recent example being a 16,000-member community attempting to individually create...

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Computex to Present Design Awards

Computex Taipei will present awards in five different categories on Monday (June 1) to top international innovators and designers in the field of information technology...

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New Memory Material May Hold Data For One Billion Years

Alex Zettl and colleagues say enclosing an iron nanoparticle in a hollow carbon nanotube could serve as the foundation for a memory material for the next generation...

Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques
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Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Technical Papers program is the premier global forum presenting groundbreaking research from today's leading international organizations. Topics...

How IBM Plans to Win Jeopardy!
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How IBM Plans to Win Jeopardy!

IBM researchers are developing Watson, a natural-language processing system that will compete against human players in a game of Jeopardy! Demonstrations of the...

Europe's Fastest Computer ­nveiled in Julich
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Europe's Fastest Computer ­nveiled in Julich

The German supercomputing center in Julich has added three supercomputers, including the fastest machine in Europe. The new supercomputer at Forschungszentrum Julich...

Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?
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Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?

Futuristic military projects outlined in the just-issued Strategic Plan 2009 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) include planes that stay aloft...

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics
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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ronald Arkin is developing what he calls "ethical governor" software and hardware that will tell military robots when...

Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories
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Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories

Thanks to a University of Houston professor, the iPhone can now count how many calories you've burned in a given day. A new, free download called Walk n' Play is...

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NIST Engineers Discover Fundamental Flaw in Transistor Theory

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers have uncovered a flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, a phenomenon affecting the electronic...

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­U.S. Lags Globally in Robotics Development

The United States is trailing other countries in the development of sophisticated robots, according to a recently released report written by a group of 140 experts...

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Researchers to Create Next Gen Discs

Nanotechnology can be used to create discs that offer 2,000 times the storage capacity of current DVDs, according to researchers from Australia's Swinburne University...

Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition
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Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition

A working definition for cloud computing  has been released by a team of computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)....

Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius
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Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius

Recognizing that first-ness is a perishable commodity, Toyota has deployed an array of new technologies in its third-generation Prius hybrid aimed at cementing...

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Memory-Chip Alternative Is Unveiled

Unity Semiconductor Corp. says it has developed an alternative to the widely used NAND flash memory chip that can store four times the amount of data in the same...

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Superstumble For Japan's Supercomputer

Two private companies have recently withdrawn from a Japanese consortium established to build the world's fastest supercomputer. The Next-Generation Supercomputer...

Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center
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Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center

In an effort to strength the Middle East's technical work force, Intel will help establish a nanoelectronics research center at the King Abdul-Aziz City of Science...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...
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