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My dad, who at 98 no longer drives, used to complain about women drivers, defensive drivers, slow drivers, cab drivers and, occasionally, fast drivers. I should...

Graphene Technology Moves Closer
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Graphene Technology Moves Closer

Graphene is a "wonder material" waiting to happen. Since this super-conductive form of carbon, made from single-atom-thick sheets, was first produced in 2004,...

Layer ­pon Layer
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Layer ­pon Layer

Graphene, a form of pure carbon arranged in a lattice just one atom thick, has interested countless researchers with its unique strength and its electrical and...

Minds, Machines Merge to Offer New Hope For Overcoming Impairments
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Minds, Machines Merge to Offer New Hope For Overcoming Impairments

Scientists are creating a new generation of artificial body parts to help people with disabilities see, walk, swim, grip and run among other things. Miles O'Brien...

Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco
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Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco

When Carolyn Porco started exploring the outer solar system, it was all about the rings. Her 1983 doctoral thesis at Caltech focused on shifting spokes in Saturn’s...

New Patriot Act Controversy: Is Washington Collecting Your Cell-Phone Data?
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New Patriot Act Controversy: Is Washington Collecting Your Cell-Phone Data?

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is weighing fresh concern about the sweeping nature of domestic spying using one controversial section of the Patriot Act...

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Cooperative Robots That Learn = Less Work For Human Handlers

Learning a language can be difficult for some, but for babies it seems quite easy. With support from the National Science Foundation, linguist Jeffrey Heinz and...

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Smarter Task-Transfers ­se Mobile Cameras

MIT and Google have devised a method of transferring tasks between your smartphone and your computer by merely pointing the cell-phone camera at your PC's screen...

Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies
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Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have developed the System, Component, and Operationally Relevant Evaluations framework, which is...

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Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs?

In the annals of great oxymorons, "non-invasive brain implant" would surely rank up there. Misnomer or not, the University of Michigan is touting just such a...

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Mind-Controlled

Video games can be mesmerizing, even for a rhesus monkey. Which may explain, in part, why six-year-old Jasper has been sitting transfixed at a computer screen...

Hp Plans Apps to Simplify Human-Pc Interaction
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Hp Plans Apps to Simplify Human-Pc Interaction

Hewlett-Packard's Indian research lab is building applications designed to simplify human-computer interaction for enterprises in sectors such as health care and...

Exeter Study Brings Brain-Like Computing a Step Closer to Reality
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Exeter Study Brings Brain-Like Computing a Step Closer to Reality

University of Exeter researchers recently concluded a study involving the first-ever demonstration of simultaneous information processing and storage using phase...

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Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

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DARPA Crowdsources Interstellar Travel

Last August, a bunch of Star Wars fans pestered NASA about a timetable for building a hyperdrive engine. Maybe someone was listening. In May, the Defense Advanced...

Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans
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Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans

Intel's Larrabee GPU will finally go into commercial production next year, but not as a graphics processor. Instead, it will make its debut in a 50-core incarnation...

Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid
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Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin...

A Start-Up
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A Start-Up

With an innovative camera due out later this year from a company called Lytro, photographers will have one less excuse for having missed that perfect shot.

Remembering Alan Turing on His 99th Birthday
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Remembering Alan Turing on His 99th Birthday

Today marks the 99th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, a noted polymath and cryptanalyst who is regarded by many as being the grandfather of modern computing...

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Stretchable Electronics Report How You Feel

Uppsala University researcher Zhigang Wu has collaborated with a team from Laird Technologies to develop a wireless microfluidic stretchable radio frequency electronics...
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