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How Tin Whiskers Screw Up Everything From Servers to Smartphones
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How Tin Whiskers Screw Up Everything From Servers to Smartphones

Tin whiskers are tiny metal filaments that grow inside electronic devices, and they have been known to contribute to problems since the 1940s. New research sheds...

Michael Bloomberg Wants to Do Something Cool with New York's Phone Booths
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Michael Bloomberg Wants to Do Something Cool with New York's Phone Booths

Just 15 years ago, New York City had 35,000 phone booths. Thanks to cell phones it now has just 11,000, most of which serve little purpose for anyone but Clark...

Leaping Into the Gesture-Control Era
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Leaping Into the Gesture-Control Era

A trip to any big electronics store this fall will tell you that computer makers from Samsung to Microsoft think laptop and desktop computers need touch screens...

Hacker Locates John Mcafee Through Smartphone Tracks
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Hacker Locates John Mcafee Through Smartphone Tracks

Weeks of international intrigue about the whereabouts of tech millionaire John McAfee ended Tuesday after the Internet pioneer made an elementary digital mistake...

Texas Teen Wins $100,000 National Science Prize
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Texas Teen Wins $100,000 National Science Prize

A high school student from Texas has won a $100,000 scholarship for a developing a computer algorithm that helps robots navigate around obstacles, an algorithm...

Nasa Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space
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Nasa Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before...

The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife
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The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

The device doesn't look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer.

For Lonely Astronauts, a Robotic Companion
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For Lonely Astronauts, a Robotic Companion

You know the only thing lonelier than Sgt. Pepper's Hearts Club Band, and the Heartbreak Hotel, and the number one? Being alone and also not on Earth.

The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go
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The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go

You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds.

Nasa Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples
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Nasa Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian...

How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World
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How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World

Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you...

Proving Quantum Computers Feasible
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Proving Quantum Computers Feasible

Quantum computers are devices—still largely theoretical—that could perform certain types of computations much faster than classical computers; one way they might...

Bend Me, Shape Me: Flexible Phones 'out By 2013'
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Bend Me, Shape Me: Flexible Phones 'out By 2013'

Imagine treating your phone like a piece of paper.

Teaching Tiny Drones How to Fly Themselves
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Teaching Tiny Drones How to Fly Themselves

Thanks to the wars in the Middle East, drones like the Predator have become household names.

Researchers Create Versatile 3D Nanostructures ­sing Dna 'bricks'
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Researchers Create Versatile 3D Nanostructures ­sing Dna 'bricks'


What Dna Actually Looks Like
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What Dna Actually Looks Like

DNA, we are taught early on, is colorful.

Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online
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Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online

It's been a week since Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire pausing their war in Gaza. But on the internet, a different kind of fighting never stopped—and has actually...

Auto-Immune: 'symbiotes' Could Be Deployed to Thwart Cyber Attacks
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Auto-Immune: 'symbiotes' Could Be Deployed to Thwart Cyber Attacks

Anti-hacker defenses have long focused mainly on protecting personal computers and servers in homes and offices.

Smallest Logic Circuit Fabricated With Single-Electron Transistors
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Smallest Logic Circuit Fabricated With Single-Electron Transistors

Researchers from South Korea, Japan, and the United Kingdom have fabricated a half-adder logic circuit using only five transistors.

Web Monitor: 100 Percent of Syria's Internet Just Shut Down
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Web Monitor: 100 Percent of Syria's Internet Just Shut Down

It appears that the Syrian government may have just taken a drastic measure it has conspicuously avoided over the nearly two years of fighting: cutting itself off...
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