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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers
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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Duke University scientists have developed a method to make large quantities of copper nanowires, which could be used to create bendable, foldable tablet computers...

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Python Language Upgrade Slithers Toward Final Release

Developers of Python 2.7 offered a release candidate for the last upgrade in the legacy 2.x dynamic language line earlier in June, and plan to make a finished version...

Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect
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Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect

After more than a year of speculation, we finally know what Microsoft's new motion-control system is called. For those that have referred to it for a year as Project...

Merely Human? That
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Merely Human? That

On a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for...

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A Decade Later, Genetic Map Yields Few New Cures

Ten years after President Bill Clinton announced that the first draft of the human genome was complete, medicine has yet to see any large part of the promised benefits...

Boldly Going Nowhere: Nasa Ends Plan to Put Man Back on Moon
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Boldly Going Nowhere: Nasa Ends Plan to Put Man Back on Moon

NASA has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon, effectively dismantling what was arguably...

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Computing with Secrets, but Keeping them Safe

A novel technique could see future Web services work with sensitive data without ever being able to read it. Several implementations of a mathematical proof unveiled...

Pentagon Manhunt
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Pentagon Manhunt

Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about to...

Programming Visually With Sikuli
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Programming Visually With Sikuli

Researchers at MIT and the University of Maryland have created Sikuli, software that could eventually make programming easy enough for everyday computer users. 

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Europe's PRACE HPC Grid Aims for Exaflop Power by 2019

The EC is funding a project to develop a grid of up to six "tier 0" high-performance computing systems and is aiming for a combined computing power in the multi...

Flying Bots That Self-Assemble
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Flying Bots That Self-Assemble

Swiss researchers are developing a swarm of single-propeller robots that are able to self-assemble and take flight. 

Why Do Women Leave Science And Engineering?
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Why Do Women Leave Science And Engineering?

Increasing the retention rate of women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields could help stem the U.S.'s declining share in world patenting and scientific...

New System Developed for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease
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New System Developed for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

University of Grenada researchers have developed techniques that enable the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease by analyzing computer images. 

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Protecting Privacy: Make the Data 'fade Away'

Personal information can be protected by having it gradually fade away over time,  says the University of Twente's Harold van Heerde, whose dissertation shows that...

Study Looks at Potential Effects of Multi-Touch Devices
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Study Looks at Potential Effects of Multi-Touch Devices

Arizona State University professor Kanav Kahol is leading a research effort to evaluate whether the long-term use of multitouch devices places musculoskeletal stress...

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No Secrets

Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency.

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Stretching Single Molecules Allows Precision Studies of Interacting Electrons

With controlled stretching of molecules, Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science...

Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center
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Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership have awarded grants for the design of an ultra-efficient...

Countering Counterfeiters
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Countering Counterfeiters

Counterfeiting is a huge problem. Luxury goods are a favorite target, but so are vital products including medications and aircraft parts. European researchers have...

Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry
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Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry

Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene.
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