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Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked
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Could the New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked

The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar upgrade of the nation's air traffic control system.

What's Next For Nasa? 10 Wild Newly Funded Projects
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What's Next For Nasa? 10 Wild Newly Funded Projects

What's next for NASA now that Curiosity has touched down on Mars? For a sneak peek into what the space agency has in store, take a look at the 28 proposals for...

Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay
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Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay

Small, cheap smart-tag devices that are printed as digital circuits in rolls like newspapers could help kickstart the wireless payment industry. The devices, known...

The Campaign to Digitize Your Wallet Is Intensifying
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The Campaign to Digitize Your Wallet Is Intensifying

Last week, Starbucks joined forces with Square, a technology start-up that lets you pay for things with a smartphone. Coming from a company whose cafes seem to...

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Analysis Reveals Flame Malware's Process Injection Tricks

As researchers continue to pull apart the Gauss malware code, looking for spreading mechanisms and infection vectors, there is still some work being done on Gauss's...

Reprogrammed Mars Rover Getting Ready to Roll
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Reprogrammed Mars Rover Getting Ready to Roll

NASA's Curiosity rover is almost fully reprogrammed for its two-year, $2.5 billion science mission on Mars, and mission managers say it should be ready to take...

Boeing Technology Enables Drones to Swarm Like Insects
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Boeing Technology Enables Drones to Swarm Like Insects

Engineers at Boeing Co. and Johns Hopkins University have devised technology that enables drones to function like a swarm of insects that can communicate and carry...

Report from the Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses
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Report from the Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses

Drone makers and robotics manufacturers are looking for—and finding—new uses for devices that were once limited to the worlds of science and the military.

Color Printing Reaches Its ­ltimate Resolution
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Color Printing Reaches Its ­ltimate Resolution

The highest possible resolution images—about 100,000 dots per inch—have been achieved, and in full-color, with a printing method that uses tiny pillars a few tens...

Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars
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Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars

The electronic brain controlling NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has far less horsepower than the microchips typically found in a modern smart phone.

Nasa ­pgrades Mars Curiosity Software ... from 350m Miles Away
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Nasa ­pgrades Mars Curiosity Software ... from 350m Miles Away

Picture doing a remote software upgrade. Now picture doing it when the machine you're upgrading is a robotic rover sitting 350 million miles away, on the surface...

Nasa Drivers Await Chance to Operate Biggest, Baddest Mars Rover
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Nasa Drivers Await Chance to Operate Biggest, Baddest Mars Rover

The San Gabriel Mountains rise over a rough patch of sun-baked volcanic boulders, dusty flagstones, and earthen slopes.

Nasa Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi on Sci-Fi, Legos, and Becoming a Meme
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Nasa Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi on Sci-Fi, Legos, and Becoming a Meme

As space geeks watched nervously to see if NASA's Curiosity rover would land safely on Mars, many found themselves wondering, "Hey, who's that cool dude with the...

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot
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My Life as a Telecommuting Robot

I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt.

Dinner and a Robot: My Night Out With a Pr2
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Dinner and a Robot: My Night Out With a Pr2

On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of dining at the exclusive Willow Garage in Menlo Park, Calif.

Robot Master
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Robot Master

When you visit Manuela Veloso at Carnegie Mellon University, you're not guided to her office by a security officer or even issued instructions by a secretary at...

New Google Tools to Make the Search Engine More All-Knowing
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New Google Tools to Make the Search Engine More All-Knowing

When Google imagines the future of Web search, it sees a search engine that understands human meaning and not just words, that can have a spoken conversation with...

Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload
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Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload

A newly uncovered espionage tool, apparently designed by the same people behind the state-sponsored Flame malware that infiltrated machines in Iran, has been found...

Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World
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Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World

Researchers at Disney have demonstrated a computer interface that changes the way ordinary, everyday objects feel using a weak electric signal fed through a user's...

Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms
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Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms

Look around your office hallway or college campus and you'll see people holding interactive panes of glass.
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