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Dash to the Next Gen of Robots: Small, Cheap, and Feral
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Dash to the Next Gen of Robots: Small, Cheap, and Feral

The University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab has developed the Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod (DASH), a small, inexpensive, and highly...

Princeton Scientists Makes a Leap in Quantum Computing
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Princeton Scientists Makes a Leap in Quantum Computing

Princeton University professor Jason Petta has developed a technique that can control the properties of a lone electron, a feat that is essential to the development...

A 50-Watt Cellular Network
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A 50-Watt Cellular Network

An Indian telecom company is deploying simple cell phone base stations that need as little as 50 watts of solar-provided power. It will soon announce plans to sell...

Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion
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Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion

If wireless operators thought they'd faced a deluge of data traffic from the iPhone, they haven't seen anything yet, according to a survey from network equipment...

Security Chip That Does Encryption in Pcs Hacked
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Security Chip That Does Encryption in Pcs Hacked

Security consultant Christopher Tarnovsky recently discovered a way to break chips that carry a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) designation by essentially spying...

Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms
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Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms

A SWARM of "smart dust" spacecraft, positioned at a sweet spot between the Earth and the sun, could alert us to the approach of dangerous space storms well before...

Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity
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Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity

Over the last few years, scientists have discovered hundreds of genetic variants linked to disease. But the vast majority of that research has focused on people...

Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams
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Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams

LET'S face it: power cables are unsightly dust-traps. PCs, TVs and music players are becoming slicker every year, but the nest of vipers in the corner of everyAn...

Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot
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Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot

Engineers from NASA and General Motors have jointly developed what they tout as "the world's most dexterous robot" called "Robonaut2" to supplement human activity...

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Tech Spending Bounces Back as Profits Rise

Business spending on technology goods and services is returning as the economy mends, pumping new life into suppliers such as Cisco Systems Inc., though it has...

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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under...

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U.S. Cyberwar Strategy: The Pentagon Plans to Attack

The China-U.S. diplomatic spat over cyberattacks on Google has highlighted the growing significance of the Internet as a theater of combat. Deputy Defense Secretary...

What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?
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What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?

Despite widespread speculation, nothing beyond what Steve Jobs announced last week is known about the A4 chip at the heart of the Apple iPad. Jobs described the...

High, Not Flat: Nanowires for a New Chip Architecture
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High, Not Flat: Nanowires for a New Chip Architecture

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf have described the electrical resistance and current...

DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain
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DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain

Looking like a robotic mule, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will carry 400 pounds of equipment...

Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly
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Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly

Many people may assume that conventional television sets and computer monitors — the kind that use  CRTs rather than flat panel screens — have virtually disappeared...

The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones
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Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones

Princeton University researchers have developed power-generating rubber films that can harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking to power electronic...

Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies
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Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies

Purdue University researchers have developed microids, miniature, insect-like robots that feature tiny legs and mandibles built using solid-state muscles. Computer...

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Computer Scientists Develop Neuro-Computer That Actively Learns

Researchers from the Institute for Theoretical Science at the Graz University of Technology are creating a new generation of neuro-computers based on learning mechanisms...
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