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Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech
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Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech

"Devil Pup" robots. Super sniper scopes. Secret signals intelligence sensors. Flying spies to find buried threats. Campaigns to influence the media behind the...

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand
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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest...

IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things
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IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things

In a rare public speaking occasion, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said that today's energy infrastructure needs to be further digitized and focused on the end consumer...

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Certain Doped-Oxide Ceramics Resist Ohm's Law

A group of researchers in England and Spain has discovered that certain barium titanate ceramics do not follow Ohm's Law. Applying a voltage to them gradually changes...

Sensors Use Building's Electrical Wiring as Antenna
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Sensors Use Building's Electrical Wiring as Antenna

The trick lets sensors last five times as long between charges.

Magical Beans: New Nano-Sized Particles Could Provide Mega-Sized Data Storage
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Magical Beans: New Nano-Sized Particles Could Provide Mega-Sized Data Storage

Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered a new class of phase-change materials that could be applied to phase-change random access memory technologies and possibly...

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Technology in the Extreme

Researchers at Newcastle University's Centre for Extreme Environment Technology have developed radio transmitters that can withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees...

Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds
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Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds

A device developed by Sandia National Laboratories researchers that shoots a blade of water capable of penetrating steel is headed to U.S. troops in Afghanistan...

New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates
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New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates

A new electronic biosensing technology developed by a team of engineers and biomedical scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology could make the multi-welled...

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Powerful Argument for Cutting IT Energy Consumption

Although technology is growing more and more energy efficient, more innovation is needed to offset the growing use of computers in countries such as India and China...

Tiny Mavs May Someday Explore and Detect Environmental Hazards
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Tiny Mavs May Someday Explore and Detect Environmental Hazards

The next phase of high-performance micro air vehicles (MAVs) for the Air Force could involve insect-sized robots for monitoring and exploring hazardous environments...

Hrp-4 Robot Can Strike a Pose, Pour Drinks
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Hrp-4 Robot Can Strike a Pose, Pour Drinks

Japan has added another soldier to its humanoid robot army. The HRP-4 is the latest edition in the state-backed humanoid project.

European Partnership Funds Research Toward Robot Aides for the Elderly
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European Partnership Funds Research Toward Robot Aides for the Elderly

A team of researchers from 20 European states, the European Union, and several private enterprises recently launched a project aimed at developing robots capable...

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Nano-Based Marker Designed to Thwart Counterfeit Products

Nanotechnology advances at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have been licensed to two new businesses that will market a solution to a $600 billion global...

DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots
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DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding scientist Shane Mueller's efforts to expand upon the Turing test as part of an attempt to...

Campusreader Aims to Turn Electronic Tablets Into Tools
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Campusreader Aims to Turn Electronic Tablets Into Tools

The iPad, Kindle, and other electronic reading tablets may prove to be game-changers to help people overcome barriers to effective reading and comprehension, say...

Scientists Reveal Battery Behavior at the Nanoscale
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Scientists Reveal Battery Behavior at the Nanoscale

As industry seeks improved battery power sources, cutting-edge microscopy performed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is providing...

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Steampunk Chip Takes the Heat

Steampunk, the reimagining of modern day technology through a Victorian perspective, has found an unlikely follower in the US Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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Computer in Wrapping-Paper Form

Investigators SUNY Binghamton are giving factory production of solar energy cells a modern makeover. Their new approach includes the use of "continuous electronic...

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Computers

A trio of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professors has launched a new high-performance computing center that will expand access to the supercomputing...
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