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A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers
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A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers

On the deck of an aircraft carrier, where up to 60 aircraft are crammed into 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares), real estate is at a premium. While aircraft directors wave...

What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?
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What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?

Every week it seems there are reports about U.S. drones—unmanned, remote-controlled aerial vehicles—tracking down suspected terrorists in remote, unreachable...

Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?
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Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?

Research at the University of Oxford is playing a key role in the development of revolutionary insect-sized vehicles with micro-cameras, suitable for different...

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Progress Hits Snag: Tiny Chips ­se Outsize Power

A research team recently presented a paper at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture that highlights the problem of developing smaller, more densely...

The Gps: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion
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The Gps: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion

In remote places like California's Death Valley, over-reliance on GPS navigation systems can be a matter of life and death.

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Blatter Signals Arrival of Goalline Technology

England's Premier League and any others who want to introduce goalline technology got the go-ahead to do so from FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday, as...

Making Stuff with Molecular Precision
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Making Stuff with Molecular Precision

For more than a decade, scientists have been touting the promise of nanomaterials as a source of new and better products, from stronger structural materials to...

Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020
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Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020

Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the...

Prof Says Tech Entering the Age of the Algorithm
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Prof Says Tech Entering the Age of the Algorithm

University of Texas at Dallas professor Andras Farago thinks that as algorithms become more important to software development, educational and career opportunities...

Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater
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Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater

NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is scheduled...

Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments
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Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments

Paying for the morning commute will soon be accomplished by the wave of a smartphone. State and local governments are joining Internet, credit card, and wireless...

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

Supercomputing's Exaflop Target
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Supercomputing's Exaflop Target

The twin challenges of parallelism and energy consumption are enlivening supercomputers' progress.

A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence
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A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence

Computers are unable to defeat the world's best Go players, but that may change with the application of a new strategy that promises to revolutionize artificial...

Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot

Henry Evans recently shaved himself for the first time since a stroke left him mute and partly paralyzed 10 years ago. His achievement came thanks to researchers...

Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans
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Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans

With the U.S. manned space program grounded following the last mission of the space shuttle, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only avenue into space for NASA...

Research Brings Cloud Costs Back to Earth
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Research Brings Cloud Costs Back to Earth

Swinburne University of Technology researchers are developing ways to reduce the cost of Internet data storage and retrieval in cloud computing. 

China Unveils Another Supercomputer
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China Unveils Another Supercomputer

China recently launched its newest supercomputer, known as the Tianhe-1 system, using the same technology that it used to build the Tianhe-1A system. 

Improving Recommendation Systems
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Improving Recommendation Systems

MIT professor Devavrat Shah thinks that the most common approach to recommendation systems is fundamentally flawed; he says recommendation systems should ask users...

Engineers Work to Ease Internet Data Flow as Demand For Video Grows
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Engineers Work to Ease Internet Data Flow as Demand For Video Grows

Princeton University researchers have developed the Edge Laboratory, a miniature version of the global communications network, to develop new ideas and systems...
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