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Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls
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Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls

A robot developed at Stanford University is the first to combine flying, perching with passive attachment technology, and climbing. 

Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption
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Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption

Computer scientists say they have assembled the first five quantum bits of a quantum computer that could someday factor any number.

Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. National Security Agency vision of a superconducting supercomputer may leap forward with the Cryogenic Computing Complexity program. 

Digital Baby Project's Aim: Computers That See Like Humans
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Digital Baby Project's Aim: Computers That See Like Humans

A cognitive psychology experiment has revealed differences in how humans and computers see images, says Weizmann Institute of Science professor Shimon Ullman. 

Marvin Minsky's Legacy of Students and Ideas
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Marvin Minsky's Legacy of Students and Ideas

The late computer science pioneer and ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Marvin Minsky left behind a wealth of ideas.

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity
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Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

A recent study found the adoption of social robots into people's lives is complicated by humans' tendency to view human-like robots as a threat to their identity...

World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated
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World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated

Researchers from ETH Zurich Switzerland have fabricated the world's first single-atom optical switch. 

This Robot Changes How It Looks at You to Match Your Personality
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This Robot Changes How It Looks at You to Match Your Personality

Sean Andrist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed algorithms to help robots look at people at the right times and in the right ways. 

The Neural Network That Remembers
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The Neural Network That Remembers

A recurrent neural network developed at the University of California, San Diego can mine patterns in reviews and write its own contextually relevant reviews. 

Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done
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Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done

University of Illinois researchers have developed flexible sensors that can operate accurately inside the human body for at least five days before dissolving. 

Laser Printing a Nanoscale Mona Lisa Could Revolutionize Reproduction Technology
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Laser Printing a Nanoscale Mona Lisa Could Revolutionize Reproduction Technology

Plasmonics technology has the potential to revolutionize laser printing, according to researchers at the Technical University of Denmark.

Yahoo's Engineers Move to Coding Without a Net
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Yahoo's Engineers Move to Coding Without a Net

Software engineering at Yahoo has undergone a transformation resulting in fewer errors and a much faster development cycle. 

Custom AI Programs Take on Top Ranked Humans in Starcraft
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Custom AI Programs Take on Top Ranked Humans in Starcraft

In a recent contest, three Artificial Intelligence programs played against a Russian player in StarCraft: Brood War.

How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law
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How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law

Supercomputing needs to be extended beyond the limits of Moore's Law, says Sandia National Laboratories' Erik DeBenedictis.

Researchers Teaching Robots How to Best Reject Orders From Humans
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Teaching Robots How to Best Reject Orders From Humans

As robotics researchers seek to develop more sophisticated and natural means for humans to interact with robots, they are also seeking to develop systems that will...

Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii
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Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii

Researchers at Iran's University of Tehran have unveiled a humanoid robot that can walk, mimic a person's arm gestures, and stand on one foot while bending backwards...

Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots
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Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots

A joint research project has yielded an interactive design system that enables hobbyists to create custom walking robots that can be printed in three dimensions...

Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate
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Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate

When Earth's rotation gets far enough out of sync with the drumbeat of atomic time, a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the world’s clocks...

Spider Silk Sensors Could Search For Life on Mars
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Spider Silk Sensors Could Search For Life on Mars

Ziggy Stardust would love this: Spiders could help find life on Mars.

Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays
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Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays

The swipe--without actually needing to touch a screen with a finger--will be the next dominant computer interface method, according to researchers in Germany. 
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