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Apple Surpasses Hewlett-Packard as Largest buyer of Chips, iSuppli Says


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Many Stuxnet Vulnerabilities Still Unpatched

The media storm over the Stuxnet worm may have passed, but many of the software holes that were used by the worm remain unpatched and leave Siemens customers...

Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding
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Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding

NASA's next Mars rover faces looming technical, financial, and scheduling challenges before its planned launch in November, according to an internal audit released...

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After Delay, Hacker to Show Flaws in Siemens Industrial Gear

A security researcher who says he's found serious problems with Siemens computers used in power plants and heavy industry is now expecting to go public with his...

Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions
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Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions

Air France Flight 447 stalled high over the Atlantic Ocean and plunged into the sea even as the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the nose up—a reaction opposite...

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs
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Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists...

Long Live the Qubit!
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Long Live the Qubit!

A quantum computer is a device—still largely theoretical—that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit...

Security 'tokens' Take Hit
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Security 'tokens' Take Hit

RSA Security is offering to provide security monitoring or replace its well-known SecurID tokens—devices used by millions of corporate workers to securely log...

Caltech Researchers Build Largest Biochemical Circuit Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules
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Caltech Researchers Build Largest Biochemical Circuit Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules

California Institute of Technology researchers say they have built the most complex biochemical circuit ever created out of DNA-based devices. 

Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns
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Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns

In a bid to enable computers to learn faster, defense company Lockheed Martin has bought a system that uses quantum mechanics to process digital data.

How Friends Influence Gadget Adoption
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How Friends Influence Gadget Adoption

People are more likely to buy a product that their friends have already purchased, and the spread of adoption within social networks could help predict whether...

Robot Wars Prepare Kids For Manufacturing Jobs
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Robot Wars Prepare Kids For Manufacturing Jobs

Robot battles have drawn kids into novels, TV shows, and movies for decades. Now companies are using robot wars to attract a new generation of employees to high...

Darpa's Regina Dugan on 'the Nation
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Darpa's Regina Dugan on 'the Nation

Dr. Regina Dugan is director of the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, where she researches, develops, and demonstrates high-risk, high-payoff projects...

Parting Shots from a Mars Rover
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Parting Shots from a Mars Rover

NASA is no longer sending commands to the Spirit rover on Mars, but the long-silent robot still has a few more chances to phone home. Not that anyone is expecting...

Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe
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Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe

Anthropologist Genevieve Bell gives the chip maker insight into how people experience new technologies.

Honing Household Helpers
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Honing Household Helpers

Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the...

Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life
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Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life

The National Museum of Computing has finished restoring a Tunny machine—a key part of Allied code-cracking during World War II.

Automotive Black Boxes, Minus the Gray Area
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Automotive Black Boxes, Minus the Gray Area

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will later this year propose a requirement that all new vehicles contain an event data recorder, known more...

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DARPA Challenge Offers Public $100,000 For Small ­nmanned Aircraft

If you think you can build the next generation of unmanned flying aircraft, the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency want to hear from...

Unlimited Possibilities
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Unlimited Possibilities

M. Frans Kaashoek discusses systems work, "undo computing," and what he learned from Andrew S. Tanenbaum.
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