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Pentagon Wants to Give Troops Terminator Vision
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Pentagon Wants to Give Troops Terminator Vision

No more will soldiers' vision be limited to the socket-embedded spheres that God intended. The Pentagon now wants troops to see dangers lurking behind them in...

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Word Lens: Augmented Reality App Translates Street Signs Instantly

Word Lens for the iPhone is one of the most amazing apps we have ever seen. Take a look at this video, but put down any hot liquids first.

Congress Hears Wikileaks Is 'fundamentally Different' From Media
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Congress Hears Wikileaks Is 'fundamentally Different' From Media

The Justice Department would have no problem distinguishing WikiLeaks from traditional media outlets, if it decides to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange...

WikiLeaks Reveals Everybody's Christmas List: The World Wants Drones
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WikiLeaks Reveals Everybody's Christmas List: The World Wants Drones

Black Friday has passed, but the holidays are upon us and shopping days are increasingly few. Having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that tiny emirate...

War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene
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War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene

It's a good time to be a software programmer in New York City.

Military Bans Disks, Threatens Courts-Martial to Stop New Leaks
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Military Bans Disks, Threatens Courts-Martial to Stop New Leaks

It’s too late to stop WikiLeaks from publishing thousands more classified documents, nabbed from the Pentagon’s secret network. But the U.S. military is telling...

'berlin' Is Revealed as Kryptos Clue
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'berlin' Is Revealed as Kryptos Clue

"Berlin" is the highly anticipated clue from artist Jim Sanborn that’s meant to help crypto sleuths unlock the cipher to his enigmatic Kryptos sculpture. The...

Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors
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Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors

The military has a ton of ground robots scurrying around Afghanistan. Too bad they’re dumb as puppets, unable to make the slightest move without a human pulling...

Japanese Printer Syncs Pictures With Smells
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Japanese Printer Syncs Pictures With Smells

Keio University researchers will present an ink-jet printer that can print out a photo with the appropriate scent for the image at the upcoming ACM Multimedia 2010...

Darpa: Fuse Nerves With Robot Limbs, Make Prosthetics Feel Real
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Darpa: Fuse Nerves With Robot Limbs, Make Prosthetics Feel Real

Controlling robotic limbs with your brain is just step one. The Pentagon eventually wants artificial arms and legs to feel and perform just the same as naturally...

Army
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Army

It's not that the unpiloted aircraft that the Army flies aren’t already tricked out. Some of them carry the latest surveillance systems and powerful missiles....

Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab
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Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab

MIT’s Media Lab recently hosted a series of talks to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Anyone who has paid attention to technology news over that period has undoubtedly...

Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops
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Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops

Robots are already vacuuming our carpets, heading into combat and assisting docs on medical procedures. Get ready for a next generation of "near human" bots that'll...

Twitter Can Predict the Stock Market
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Twitter Can Predict the Stock Market

The emotional roller coaster captured on Twitter can predict the ups and downs of the stock market, a new study finds. Measuring how calm the Twitterverse is...

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One Program to Watch Them All: DARPA

The Pentagon’s surveillance net is massive. But it was holes and seams. Spy drone videos and communications intercepts may be aimed at the same target. Analysts...

Flying Robot Swarm Takes Off
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Flying Robot Swarm Takes Off

The Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne is experimenting with flying robots that would create a communications network for rescuers in disaster areas. Researchers...

Apple Patent Shows Future of Biometrics Isn
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Apple Patent Shows Future of Biometrics Isn

A recent Apple patent and a strongly worded report from the National Research Council suggest that the future of biometrics lies with personalization, not security...

­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt
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­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt

A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October...

PRoViScout: ESA and NASA Develop an Independent Mars Exploration System
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PRoViScout: ESA and NASA Develop an Independent Mars Exploration System

Researchers from across Europe—with a little help from experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory—are working on a new, robotic exploration system that could...

Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech
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Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech

"Devil Pup" robots. Super sniper scopes. Secret signals intelligence sensors. Flying spies to find buried threats. Campaigns to influence the media behind the...
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