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Japan Disaster Recovery Efforts Get Help From Satellites
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Japan Disaster Recovery Efforts Get Help From Satellites

In the aftermath of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, satellite maps have been a vital part of search and rescue efforts by providing clear pictures...

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Quake Moved Japan Closer to U.S. and Altered Earth's Spin

The magnitude-8.9 earthquake that struck northern Japan on Friday not only violently shook the ground and generated a devastating tsunami, it also moved the coastline...

Planetary Exploration 2013
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Planetary Exploration 2013

On Monday March 7th, NASA and NSF received the results of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which recommended planetary exploration priorities to NASA and...

A Declaration of Cyber-War
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A Declaration of Cyber-War

All over Europe, smartphones rang in the middle of the night. Rolling over in bed, blinking open their eyes, civilians reached for the little devices and, in...

Crickets Inspire Stealthy Robots to Fire Rings of Air
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Crickets Inspire Stealthy Robots to Fire Rings of Air

Monash University's Andy Russell used the African cave cricket, Phaeophilacris spectrum, as inspiration for creating stealth communication between robots.

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Kaspar the Friendly Robot Helps Autistic Kids

University of Hertfordshire scientists are working with a preschool for autistic children to study the impact of robots on the development of students' social skills...

Planet Mercury Visible Before Nasa Craft Orbits It
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Planet Mercury Visible Before Nasa Craft Orbits It

Earth is about to get better acquainted with its oddball planetary cousin, Mercury, a rocky wonderland of extremes.

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Researchers Show How a Car's Electronics Can Be Taken Over Remotely

With a modest amount of expertise, computer hackers could gain remote access to someone's car—just as they do to people's personal computers—and take over the...

Extremely Fast Mram Data Storage Within Reach
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Extremely Fast Mram Data Storage Within Reach

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt researchers have developed a type of magnetic random access memory (MRAM) equipped with a special chip connection that results...

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Taiwan Researchers Turn to Silk for Flexible E-Devices

Silk membranes can be used for flexible e-book readers, LED displays, and RFID tools, according to researchers at the National Tsing Hua University. A team has...

Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information
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Physicists Build Single-Atom Memory For Quantum Information

A single atom of rubidium sits at the heart of an exotic new quantum memory device.

Tv's Next Wave: Tuning In to You
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Tv's Next Wave: Tuning In to You

The television is channeling you. Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people's TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in...

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Software Progress Beats Moore

One of the old jokes in computing is that what the hardware giveth, the software taketh away.

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Freaks, Geeks, and Gdp

Why hasn't the Internet helped the American economy grow as much as economists thought it would?

Service Robots: Rise of the Machines (again)
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Service Robots: Rise of the Machines (again)

In 1961, just after America's Sputnik moment, the world's first industrial robot debuted at a General Motors assembly plant in Trenton, N.J.

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Is the Navy Trying to Start the Robot Apocalypse?

Whenever the military rolls out a new robot program, folks like to joke about SkyNet or the Rise of the Machines. But this time, the military really is starting...

Will Goal-Line Technology Bring Justice to Soccer?
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Will Goal-Line Technology Bring Justice to Soccer?

A sporting miscarriage of justice that occurred last summer triggered a series of experiments that could this weekend see soccer (that's football to the rest...

10 Questions For David Ferrucci
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10 Questions For David Ferrucci

Why aren't you letting Watson speak for himself today? Watson is trained to answer questions for Jeopardy! It's not an interactive dialogue system, so it can't...

The New Police Siren: You
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The New Police Siren: You

Joe Bader tried setting the two tones of his invention four notes apart on the musical scale, but the result sounded like music, not a siren. Same thing when...

China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever
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China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever

China plans to launch a new homegrown supercomputer, the Dawning 6000, this summer, and it "could rival even Blue Gene/Q systems for performance per watt supremacy...
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