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John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors
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John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors

John Rogers was in his lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign six years ago, testing new ways to make electronic circuits, when one of his team...

Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves
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Future Computers Could Rewire Themselves

Future microchips may have only one type of component, capable of rewiring itself to do different jobs. Researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. have...

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New Generation of Superlattice Cameras Add More

Northwestern University researchers have developed a camera that can see more than one color in the dark using a semiconducting material known as type-II superlattices...

11 Most Startling Revelations in 'steve Jobs'
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11 Most Startling Revelations in 'steve Jobs'

Full disclosure: Steve Jobs was my white whale, the interview I wanted more than any other and the day he died I fashioned a black band across the Apple logo...

Holodesk Prototype Puts Life in Computers
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Holodesk Prototype Puts Life in Computers

Microsoft Research Cambridge has developed Holodesk, a prototype virtual display that enables users to interact with virtual objects using their hands.

Robotic Venus Flytrap Snags Prey
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Robotic Venus Flytrap Snags Prey

Carnivorous plants have long fascinated humans with their blood-sucking capabilities. The Venus flytrap is even smart enough to pause before snapping shut, ensuring...

Meet Arm's Cortex A15: The Future of the Ipad, and Possibly the Macbook Air
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Meet Arm's Cortex A15: The Future of the Ipad, and Possibly the Macbook Air

In addition to unveiling its Cortex A7 processor last Wednesday, the press event was also a sort of second debut for the Cortex A15. The A15 will go into ARM...

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Intel Faces Colossal Clash

Written off by some critics as a doomed dinosaur, stuck in the tar pit of a stalling personal computer market, Intel is headed for a colossal clash as it scrambles...

Precision-Controlled Microbots Show They Could Take On Industrial-Scale Jobs
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Precision-Controlled Microbots Show They Could Take On Industrial-Scale Jobs

A pioneering research institute that introduced the computer world to the mouse, hypertext, and networks is now setting its sights a bit lower.

Tiny Stamps for Tiny Sensors
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Tiny Stamps for Tiny Sensors

Advances in microchip technology may someday enable clinicians to perform tests for hundreds of diseases—sifting out specific molecules, such as early stage cancer...

A Picture of Democracy
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A Picture of Democracy

How digital cameras and smartphones might reduce corruption in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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Faq on Son of Stuxnet

What is Duqu? Duqu (pronounced dyu kyu) is primarily a remote-access Trojan targeted at a limited number of organizations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East...

How Google's Self-Driving Car Works
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How Google's Self-Driving Car Works

Once a secret project, Google's autonomous vehicles are now out in the open, quite literally, with the company test-driving them on public roads and, on one occasion...

Microsoft PocketTouch Lets You ­se Your Phone Through Fabric
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Microsoft PocketTouch Lets You ­se Your Phone Through Fabric

A prototype device from Microsoft potentially could enable people to interact with a touchscreen smartphone without removing it from its case, a pocket, or bag. ...

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Magnifying Research: Scientists Team Together to Upgrade K-State's Supercomputer, Benefiting Other Colleges, Too

Kansas State University researchers are using a $700,000 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to upgrade its Beocat supercomputer, a cluster of servers that provides...

Georgia Tech Turns Iphone Into Spiphone
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Georgia Tech Turns Iphone Into Spiphone

It's a pattern that no doubt repeats itself daily in hundreds of millions of offices around the world: People sit down, turn on their computers, set their mobile...

PingPong-Playing Robots Debut
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PingPong-Playing Robots Debut

Robots are already taking away jobs at factories. Now, it appears, they're ready to rule the table tennis court, too. Two pingpong-playing humanoid robots named...

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Control a Wheelchair By Biting and Blinking

Imagine: You're paralyzed from the neck down, a full-on quadriplegic with what doctors refer to as a "high level spinal cord injury." How do you get around?

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Robot Wars 'Still a Long Way Off'

"I'll be back" said Arnold Schwarzenegger as cyborg-assassin the Terminator, back from the year 2029 to carry out a murder in 1984. But it seems that, when it...

Scientists Create Computing Building Blocks From Bacteria and Dna
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Scientists Create Computing Building Blocks From Bacteria and Dna

Imperial College London researchers say they have developed a method for building logic gates out of bacteria and DNA, which makes them the most advanced biological...
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