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Robot's Space Debut 'giant Leap For Tinmankind'
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Robot's Space Debut 'giant Leap For Tinmankind'

NASA is sending a humanoid robot, called Robonaut 2, to the International Space Station for the first time. R2 has more than 350 electrical sensors throughout...

Catching ­p with Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han
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Catching ­p with Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han

When it comes to the future of technology, Jeff Han literally has his finger on the pulse.

Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'
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Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'

A man with an inherited form of blindness has been able to identify letters and a clock face using a pioneering implant, researchers say.

Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing
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Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing

The director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has seen the future of supercomputing and it can be summed up in three letters: GPU.

At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon
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At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon

For $150 billion, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could have sent astronauts back to the Moon. The Obama administration judged that too expensive...

Japanese Printer Syncs Pictures With Smells
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Japanese Printer Syncs Pictures With Smells

Keio University researchers will present an ink-jet printer that can print out a photo with the appropriate scent for the image at the upcoming ACM Multimedia 2010...

Get Ready For Verizon's 'dream Phone'
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Get Ready For Verizon's 'dream Phone'

The soon-to-be-unveiled Verizon iPhone is the answer to many consumers' prayers. But a deal with Apple will test the company that Ivan Seidenberg has spent his...

Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning
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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning

Two recent studies show that roboticists are applying some fresh thinking to the building and operation of robot hands, and a third suggests why the work is so...

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Eye Robot

As technology for robots continues to evolve, their wider use is being held back by the inability to see better. New York University's Yann LeCun has pioneered...

China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.
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China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.

A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China...

Wide Open Spaces
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Wide Open Spaces

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's decision to open frequencies in the broadcast spectrum could enable broadband networks in rural areas, permit smart...

Security in the Cloud
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Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.

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With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops
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Feds Plot 'near Human' Robot Docs, Farmers, Troops

Robots are already vacuuming our carpets, heading into combat and assisting docs on medical procedures. Get ready for a next generation of "near human" bots that'll...

Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time
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Supercomputer Digests Twitter in Real-Time

Specialized hardware and software could provide new insights into the social Web.

Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago
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Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago

The University of Chicago Computation Institute at Argonne National Laboratory has introduced Beagle, a 150 teraflops, 18,000-core Cray XE6 supercomputer that will...

Towards Better Explosives Detectors
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Towards Better Explosives Detectors

Over the past decade, a team of NIST scientists have been working to stop the threat of terrorist-based attacks in the form of explosives or explosive-based devices...

Researcher Reveals Gps Vulnerabilities
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Researcher Reveals Gps Vulnerabilities

University of Texas professor Todd Humphreys says the smart electric grid is susceptible to spoofing attacks that target global positioning system (GPS) timing...

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.

Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin
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Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin

A team of researchers from the United States, China, Korea, and Singapore have developed flexible ultra-thin sheets of inorganic light-emitting diodes and photodetectors...
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