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Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade
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Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed an optical transistor that uses one laser beam to control another, potentially forming...

'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins
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'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins

The EvoGrid envisioned by Bruce Damer and a group of international advisers is a simulation of the primordial soup that they intend to use to gain insights about...

Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends
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Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends

ACM's SIGGRAPH 2009 conference will take a comprehensive look at how stereoscopic 3D will impact the movie industry as well as the home theater in the years to...

Beyond
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Beyond

Human-computer interaction is undergoing a revolution, entering a multimodal era that goes beyond, way beyond, the WIMP (Windows-Icons-Menus-Pointers) paradigm....

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Building a Crash-Proof Internet

The Internet's susceptibility to earthquakes, accidents, and other disruptions appears to be greater than people originally assumed, and a great deal of the Net's...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
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Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

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Video Tool to Zoom in on Criminals

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have developed software that enhances the resolution of raw video images and improves the quality of the images. TAU professor...

Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers
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Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised a viable way to manipulate...

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
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Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...

Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat
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Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat

Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Lab — a partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol — and the University of Sheffield...

Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World
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Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World

The European Union-funded CASBLiP project has developed a portable system to help visually-impaired users navigate outdoors. The system analyzes video from portable...

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Physics Brings Realism to Virtual Reality

The latest multi-core processors and smart software are enabling physicists and engineers to simulate the real world with unprecedented accuracy to create more...

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Circuit Malfunction Preceded Dc Metro Crash

The replacement of an important piece of collision-prevention equipment five days before last week's fatal train crash on the Washington, D.C., Metro's Red Line...

Drexel to Deploy Smart Grid System
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Drexel to Deploy Smart Grid System

Drexel University will deploy a smart grid system to provide real-time measurements of the University's power usage and allow excess power to be sold back to the...

Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices
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Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices

A tiny grid pattern has led materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute of Solid State Physics in Russia...

Scientists Create First Electronic Quantum Processor
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Scientists Create First Electronic Quantum Processor

Yale University researchers have led a research effort to develop the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, a major step toward the creation of a quantum...

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Stealthy Droid Works Lands $100k Nsf Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $99,865 grant to The Droid Works Inc., the stealthy robotics firm headed by Helen Grenier, co-founding director at...

Cars Get Cooperative
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Cars Get Cooperative

European researchers have developed a groundbreaking middleware platform that could lead to thousands of new applications in a range of industries. Beginning with...

Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally
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Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally

A robotic vision system that mimics key visual functions of the human brain promises to let robots maneuver quickly and safely through cluttered environments, and...

Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision
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Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision

Of every tunnel ever discovered by U.S. border patrol agents,  "all of them have been found by accident or human intelligence," said Ed Turner, a project manager...
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