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Patients Drive New Wheelchair With Their Tongues
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Patients Drive New Wheelchair With Their Tongues

The new Tongue Drive System is a wearable system that enables paralyzed people to control wheelchairs with flicks of their pierced tongues. 

Nasa's Dawn Fills Out Its Ceres Dance Card
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Nasa's Dawn Fills Out Its Ceres Dance Card

It's going to be a ball when NASA's Dawn spacecraft finally arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, and mission managers have now inked in the schedule on Dawn's dance...

Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android
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Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android

In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.

Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password
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Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password

You may one day be able to unlock your iPhone based just on your good looks.

Pilot ­se of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes
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Pilot ­se of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes

Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today's airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they're...

Nasa Outlines Ingenious Plan to Resurrect the Kepler Planet Hunter
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Nasa Outlines Ingenious Plan to Resurrect the Kepler Planet Hunter

Back in August, NASA formally threw in the towel on attempts to get its Kepler planet-hunting probe working again.

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations
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Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.

Sc13 Student Cluster Competition Results Are In
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Sc13 Student Cluster Competition Results Are In

The University of Texas at Austin's Team Longhorn was the overall winner of the 2013 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the recent SC13 Conference in Denver. 

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design
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Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design

The job of a materials scientist—to warp matter into new and useful forms—has historically involved a ridiculous amount of guesswork.

China Launches Moon Rover Mission
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China Launches Moon Rover Mission

China's latest display of ambition in space involves sending a Jade Rabbit roaming across the Bay of Rainbows.

Jury: Newegg Infringes Spangenberg Patent, Must Pay $2.3 Million
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Jury: Newegg Infringes Spangenberg Patent, Must Pay $2.3 Million

Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of...

How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?
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How Do Game Companies Share Massive Files?

Electronic Arts' multi-player shooter "Battlefield 4" exploded onto the computer games scene earlier this month, giving players a realistic taste of military combat...

Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers
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Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers

Along with the heavy body armor and weapons they carry in the field, U.S. troops may soon be wearing another piece of equipment: a lightweight canvas pouch with...

Today, Glasses. Tomorrow, Body Implants?
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Today, Glasses. Tomorrow, Body Implants?

Wearable gadgets like smart watches and Google Glass can seem like a fad that has all the durability of CB radios or Duran Duran, but they're important early signs...

'wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools
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'wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools

It's often easy to tell at a glance the difference between a mass-produced object and one that has been handcrafted: The handmade item is likely to have distinctive...

Already Anticipating 'terminator' Ethics
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Already Anticipating 'terminator' Ethics

What could possibly go wrong?

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet
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My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.

Newegg Trial: Crypto Legend Takes the Stand, Goes For Knockout Patent Punch
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Newegg Trial: Crypto Legend Takes the Stand, Goes For Knockout Patent Punch

Newegg's courtroom face-off with patent-licensing giant TQP Development is nearing its end.

Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead
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Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Computer scientist Carver Mead gave Moore's Law its name in around 1970 and played a crucial role in making sure it's held true in the decades since.

From ACM News

Why the ­.s. May Lose the Race to Exascale

In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers—exascale—there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.
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