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March 2013


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Pushing the Wrong Button: Bad Button Placement Leads to Drone Crashes

Pushing the Wrong Button: Bad Button Placement Leads to Drone Crashes

Unmanned aircraft crash. In fact, they crash a lot—though there's no recent specific data, the Congressional Research Service reported last year that despite improvements, "the accident rate for unmanned aircraft is still far…


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Clever Battery Completes Stretchable Electronics Package

Clever Battery Completes Stretchable Electronics Package

Researchers have demonstrated a flexible lithium-ion battery that continues to work even when stretched, folded, twisted, and mounted on a human elbow. 


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Computer Scientists Prevent Data Theft on Smartphones and Tablet Computers

Computer Scientists Prevent Data Theft on Smartphones and Tablet Computers

SRT Appguard software scans every selected app installed on Android-based smartphones and tablets and indicates its real behavior


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Blueprint For an Artificial Brain

Blueprint For an Artificial Brain

Researchers are developing an artificial brain using memristors, electronic microcomponents that imitate natural nerves. 


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And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson

And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson

I.B.M.'s Watson beat "Jeopardy" champions two years ago. But can it whip up something tasty in the kitchen?


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Rise of the Swarm

Rise of the Swarm

Guided by collective intelligence, teams of small, simple robots could soon accomplish amazing feats.


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Cybercrime: It's Serious, But Exactly How Serious?

Cybercrime: It's Serious, But Exactly How Serious?

Symantec says $110 billion annually while McAfee says $1 trillion. Why can't anyone agree?


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Decoding Dementia

Decoding Dementia

Computer models may help neurologists unlock the secrets of brain disorders, from Alzheimer's to cancer.

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