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Quantum Computer Gets Closer: Quantum Particles Pinned Down

Scientists at the Delft University of Technology were able to gain control over the environment of a quantum particle, which is a key step in the potential development...

Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis
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Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis

The economic crisis and the reduced costs of high-tech tools and materials are fueling a resurgence in tinkering and experimentation. U.S. engineering schools...

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Secret Math of Fly Eyes Could Overhaul Robot Vision

By turning the brain cell activity underlying fly eyesight into mathematical equations, researchers have found an ultra-efficient method for pulling motion patterns...

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
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Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques
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Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques

Netbooks have grown in popularity and with them a demand for software. But developers who assume there's no need to create applications differently when they enter...

What Happens When Good Robots Go 'bad'?
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What Happens When Good Robots Go 'bad'?

A study by University of Washington researchers led by doctoral student Tamara Denning calls attention to the possibility of household robots being hacked by malevolent...

Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference
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Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference

Milestones by five NASA research centers in the fields of science, engineering, and technology will be showcased at the ACM-sponsored SC09 supercomputing conference...

Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves
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Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves

Scientists at Microsoft research have unveiled Ripley, a new way to secure complex Web applications by effectively cloning the user's browser and running it remotely...

China Plans For Humanoid Olympics
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China Plans For Humanoid Olympics

China has announced plans to hold a robot Olympics in 2010, in which humanoid robots will compete in 16 different events ranging from athletics to machine-related...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...

Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots
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Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots

A forthcoming report from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) will explore whether robots could eventually become so intelligent...

­.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List
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­.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List

The organizers of the Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC) have created a list of 12 teams and has asked them to develop their proposals...

Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer
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Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls
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World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls

A laboratory in the United Arab Emirate has built what it says is the world's first Arabic-speaking robot which could soon go into mass production to serve as staff...

K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas
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K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas

Kansas State University's (KSU's) Beocat is a cluster of 122 servers that work together to form Kansas' largest academic research supercomputer. "It's easier to...

Xerox Claims Breakthrough in Printable Circuitry
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Xerox Claims Breakthrough in Printable Circuitry

Xerox says it has developed a new form of silver ink that aligns its molecules to conduct electricity more efficiently. The breakthrough enables electronics to...

The Past, Present and Future of AI
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The Past, Present and Future of AI

The idea that fully-fledged artificial intelligence (AI) — thinking machines that could mimic human intelligence precisely — would be realized by the year 2000...

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Intel Claims Memory Research Milestone

Intel and Numonyx recently announced a breakthrough in computer memory research that they say could eventually result in a less expensive and better-performing...
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