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Building a Better Quantum Computer with Lasers and (impure) Diamonds
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Building a Better Quantum Computer with Lasers and (impure) Diamonds

If the development of a quantum computer were like motor racing, then we would currently be in the twisty-turny bit that comes before we barrel over the mountain...

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Spies Want to Mine Your Tweets For Signs of the Next Tsunami

The intelligence community has seen the future, and the future is Google Trends. Actually, more like a highly sophisticated version of Google Trends, with Twitter...

Kevin Mitnick Shows How Easy It Is to Hack a Phone
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Kevin Mitnick Shows How Easy It Is to Hack a Phone

British tabloid News of the World said it is closing down over a phone hacking scandal in which workers for the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper allegedly snooped...

Safer Skies
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Safer Skies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that by 2020, all commercial aircraft—and small aircraft flying near most airports—must be equipped with...

Should the Government Need a Search Warrant to Track Your Car with Gps?
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Should the Government Need a Search Warrant to Track Your Car with Gps?

The Supreme Court ended its term with a high-profile ruling that violent video games are protected by the First Amendment, but a bigger technology decision could...

Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits
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Nasa's Lessons From The Outer Limits

In April 1981, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a space shuttle program meant to take astronauts, cargo, research experiments and military...

Scientists Hope to Get Glimpse of Adolescent Universe from Revolutionary Instrument-on-a-Chip
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Scientists Hope to Get Glimpse of Adolescent Universe from Revolutionary Instrument-on-a-Chip

Scientists know what the universe looked like when it was a baby. They know what it looks like today. What they don't know is how it looked in its youth.

Magnetic Memory and Logic Could Achieve Ultimate Energy Efficiency
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Magnetic Memory and Logic Could Achieve Ultimate Energy Efficiency

Future computers may rely on magnetic microprocessors that consume the least amount of energy allowed by the laws of physics, according to an analysis by University...

The Tragic Decline of Blackberry
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The Tragic Decline of Blackberry

Research In Motion (RIM), makers of the venerable BlackBerry devices, will always be remembered as the company that liberated corporate email from the PC. In...

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Biomolecular Computer Can Autonomously Sense Multiple Signs of Disease

In the future, nano-sized computers implanted in the human body could autonomously scan for disease indicators, diagnose diseases, and control the release of...

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Panel Proposes Killing Webb Space Telescope

The House Appropriations Committee proposed Wednesday to kill the James Webb Space Telescope, the crown jewel of NASA’s astronomy plans for the next two decades...

Tunneling Transistors
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Tunneling Transistors

The Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery is researching the development of tunneling transistors, which are comprised of elements from the third and...

Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?
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Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?

Forty years ago, I wrote an article for Technology Review titled "Shall We Build the Space Shuttle?" Now, with the 135th and final flight of the shuttle at hand...

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Moore's Law Meets Exascale Computing

Moore's law will end during the decade of exascale computing, predicts a new white paper. 

With the Shuttle Program Ending, Fears of Decline at Nasa
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With the Shuttle Program Ending, Fears of Decline at Nasa

As NASA prepares to launch its last space shuttle—ending 30 years in which large teams of creative scientists and engineers sent winged spaceships into orbit—it...

Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines
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Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Air Force had a world monopoly on radar-evading technology—and with it, a huge advantage over any rival. Several generations...

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Cisco Poised to Help China Keep an Eye on Its Citizens

Western companies, including Cisco Systems Inc., are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China—a citywide network of as many as 500,000...

Silver Pen Has the Write Stuff For Flexible Electronics
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Silver Pen Has the Write Stuff For Flexible Electronics

University of Illinois researchers have developed a silver-inked rollerball pen that can write electrical circuits and interconnects on paper and other materials...

A Roboticist's Trip From Mines to the Moon
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A Roboticist's Trip From Mines to the Moon

Robots created by William "Red" Whittaker have crawled into mines and volcanoes, crossed deserts, won a 60-mile road race, helped clean up nuclear waste and harvested...

Autopiloted Glider Knows Where to Fly For a Free Ride
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Autopiloted Glider Knows Where to Fly For a Free Ride

Hawks and albatrosses soar for hours or even days without having to land. Soon robotic gliders could go one better, soaring on winds and thermals indefinitely...
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