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Call It Your Online Driver's License
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Call It Your Online Driver's License

The White House's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace encourages the private-sector creation and public adoption of online user authentication...

Smartphone Battery Life Could Dramatically Improve With New Invention
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Smartphone Battery Life Could Dramatically Improve With New Invention

University of Michigan researchers have developed the Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening system, which features a subconscious mode for smartphones and other Wi-Fi...

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Could Silicon Be Ideal in Quantum Computing?

Sandia National Laboratory researchers have found that one way to reduce noise in a quantum system is to use silicon. 

Caring, Empathetic Robots the Goal of Ou Professor's Research
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Caring, Empathetic Robots the Goal of Ou Professor's Research

University of Oklahoma professor Dean Hougen is studying whether robots can learn to care for one another, and possibly humans. 

Printing Off the Paper
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Printing Off the Paper

Imagine being able to "print" an entire house. Or a four-course dinner. Or a complete mechanical device such as a cuckoo clock, fully assembled and ready to run...

Nasa's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta
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Nasa's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta

A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders
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Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders

Researchers are studying how quantum logic can be used to give robots multiple personalities to make them act more like humans. 

Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders
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Quantum Logic Could Make Better Robot Bartenders

Researchers are studying how quantum logic can be used to give robots multiple personalities to make them act more like humans. 

Quantum Computing: Federal Researchers Take One Step Closer
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Quantum Computing: Federal Researchers Take One Step Closer

U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology researchers have achieved the lowest error rate to date for quantum information processing in an experiment...

Profiler at the Cellular Level
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Profiler at the Cellular Level

Researchers at ETH Zurich and MIT have developed a diagnostic biological computer in human cells that can recognize certain cancer cells using logic combinations...

Quantum Computer Chips Pass Key Milestones
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Quantum Computer Chips Pass Key Milestones

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have developed a quantum computer design based on superconducting electrical circuits that adds a more sustainable...

Robots Learn to Handle Objects, Understand New Places
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Robots Learn to Handle Objects, Understand New Places

A team from Cornell University's Personal Robotics Laboratory is teaching a robot to find its way around new environments and manipulate objects, and machine learning...

Chatty Robots Go Viral on Youtube
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Chatty Robots Go Viral on Youtube

Cornell University students have used a Web-based chatbot called Cleverbot to set up an online chat between two robots, one male and one female.

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Airline Pilots Forgetting How to Fly? Computer Controls Blamed

Are airline pilots forgetting how to fly? As planes become ever more reliant on automation to navigate crowded skies, safety officials worry there will be more...

New Supercomputer Benchmarks Overdue?
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New Supercomputer Benchmarks Overdue?

The yardstick used to identify the world’s best-performing supercomputers–the Linpack Benchmark–no longer reflects "real-world usage" and ought to be replaced with...

Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone
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Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone

Researchers at MIT and Princeton University have developed SignalGuru, a system that uses a network of smartphones mounted on a car dashboard to collect information...

Sleeping Around Gave Early Humans Immune Boost from Neanderthals, Denisovans
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Sleeping Around Gave Early Humans Immune Boost from Neanderthals, Denisovans

The ancestry of modern humans has gotten much more interesting in recent years.

Trust Develops 'science Base' For Cybersecurity
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Trust Develops 'science Base' For Cybersecurity

University of California, Berkeley's TRUST is developing a cybersecurity "science base"– a principled approach to developing trustworthy systems in which security...

Taking a Disruptive Approach to Exascale
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Taking a Disruptive Approach to Exascale

A recent U.S. Department of Energy workshop concentrating on exascale challenges and current gaps in research and ideology offered insight for those seeking a disruptive...

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A Bull Market in Tech Patents

Google was willing on Monday to pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility in no small part because of its stockpile of 17,000 patents. The patent portfolio, some...
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