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Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?
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Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?

Futuristic military projects outlined in the just-issued Strategic Plan 2009 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) include planes that stay aloft...

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics
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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ronald Arkin is developing what he calls "ethical governor" software and hardware that will tell military robots when...

Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories
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Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories

Thanks to a University of Houston professor, the iPhone can now count how many calories you've burned in a given day. A new, free download called Walk n' Play is...

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NIST Engineers Discover Fundamental Flaw in Transistor Theory

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers have uncovered a flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, a phenomenon affecting the electronic...

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­U.S. Lags Globally in Robotics Development

The United States is trailing other countries in the development of sophisticated robots, according to a recently released report written by a group of 140 experts...

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Researchers to Create Next Gen Discs

Nanotechnology can be used to create discs that offer 2,000 times the storage capacity of current DVDs, according to researchers from Australia's Swinburne University...

Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition
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Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition

A working definition for cloud computing  has been released by a team of computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)....

Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius
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Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius

Recognizing that first-ness is a perishable commodity, Toyota has deployed an array of new technologies in its third-generation Prius hybrid aimed at cementing...

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Memory-Chip Alternative Is Unveiled

Unity Semiconductor Corp. says it has developed an alternative to the widely used NAND flash memory chip that can store four times the amount of data in the same...

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Superstumble For Japan's Supercomputer

Two private companies have recently withdrawn from a Japanese consortium established to build the world's fastest supercomputer. The Next-Generation Supercomputer...

Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center
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Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center

In an effort to strength the Middle East's technical work force, Intel will help establish a nanoelectronics research center at the King Abdul-Aziz City of Science...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

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Intel Launches Visual Computing Institute

Intel and Germany's University of Saarland have launched Intel VCI, a new visual computing institute that will focus on software architectures and algorithms for...

Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon
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Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon

Nearly 40 years after Americans first set foot on the moon, a host of private rocketeers are hoping to follow to win a $30 million prize. Team Italia, one of 17...

Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan
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Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan

Researchers from around the world are meeting at a conference in Kobe, Japan, to discuss recent advancements in robotics. Among those on display will be RiSE, a...

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Energy-Efficient Technology Seen Providing Saving For Decades

While Americans may worry about having to give up their beloved flat screen TVs, computers and other high-tech devices in the home and workplace in an energy-constrained...

Flexible Displays May Be Stretched Over Curved Surfaces
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Flexible Displays May Be Stretched Over Curved Surfaces

A team of University of Tokyo researchers led by professor Takao Someya has engineered a stretchable display by linking organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and...

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Color E-Paper That Rivals the Real Thing

A new approach electronic-paper developed by Philips offers fresh hope for color e-paper displays that are so bright and clear that even traditional liquid crystal...

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Make Brighter, Full-Color Electronic Readers? Brilliant!

An international collaboration that includes the University of Cincinnati has announced the development of Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD), which they say...

New York Times Graphics Director Selected For Siggraph Keynote
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New York Times Graphics Director Selected For Siggraph Keynote

The New York Times graphics director Steve Duenes, a leader in transforming complex data into understandable graphic journalism, will be the keynote speaker for...
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