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Beyond Cell Phone Wallets, Biometrics Promise Truly Wallet-Free Future
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Beyond Cell Phone Wallets, Biometrics Promise Truly Wallet-Free Future

Ever since Google announced that its Android phones would be equipped with a "digital wallet" that allows users to pay for things simply by touching their phone...

Someday Your Brain Could Brake For You
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Someday Your Brain Could Brake For You

Many high-end cars today come equipped with brake assist systems, which help a driver use the brakes correctly depending on particular conditions in an emergency...

New Language For Programming in Parallel
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New Language For Programming in Parallel

SofCheck's Tucker Taft has developed the Parallel Specification and Implementation Language, a new programming language designed to maximize the potential of multicore...

Making Stuff with Molecular Precision
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Making Stuff with Molecular Precision

For more than a decade, scientists have been touting the promise of nanomaterials as a source of new and better products, from stronger structural materials to...

Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot

Henry Evans recently shaved himself for the first time since a stroke left him mute and partly paralyzed 10 years ago. His achievement came thanks to researchers...

Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans
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Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans

With the U.S. manned space program grounded following the last mission of the space shuttle, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only avenue into space for NASA...

A New Direction for Digital Compasses
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A New Direction for Digital Compasses

Cell phones and many other mobile devices now come packed with sensors capable of tracking them as they move. The digital compasses, gyroscopes, and accelerometers...

Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?
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Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?

Forty years ago, I wrote an article for Technology Review titled "Shall We Build the Space Shuttle?" Now, with the 135th and final flight of the shuttle at hand...

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Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs?

In the annals of great oxymorons, "non-invasive brain implant" would surely rank up there. Misnomer or not, the University of Michigan is touting just such a...

A Preview of Future Disk Drives
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A Preview of Future Disk Drives

A new type of data storage technology, called phase-change memory, has proven capable of writing some types of data faster than conventional flash based storage...

Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns
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Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns

In a bid to enable computers to learn faster, defense company Lockheed Martin has bought a system that uses quantum mechanics to process digital data.

How Friends Influence Gadget Adoption
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How Friends Influence Gadget Adoption

People are more likely to buy a product that their friends have already purchased, and the spread of adoption within social networks could help predict whether...

Tracking How Mobile Apps Track You
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Tracking How Mobile Apps Track You

Third-party apps are the weakest link in user privacy on smart phones. They often get access to large quantities of user data, and there are few rules covering...

How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab
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How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab

Intel's new three-dimensional transistor design, announced last week, is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development work that began in...

Herding Swarms of Microrobots
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Herding Swarms of Microrobots

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University demonstrated that they were able to control a group of microrobots to create complex patterns...

Designs With a Deeper Purpose
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Designs With a Deeper Purpose

Microsoft software design specialist Bill Buxton wants developers to focus on innovations that can improve humans' quality of life.

Reprogrammable Chips Could Enable Instant Gadget Upgrades
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Reprogrammable Chips Could Enable Instant Gadget Upgrades

Obsolescence is the curse of electronics: no sooner have you bought a gadget than its hardware is outdated. A new, low cost type of microchip that can rearrange...

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Speedier Nanotube Circuits

Stanford University researchers recently expanded on an earlier study involving the development of faster nanotube circuits, which could lead to their use in complex...

Dialing with Your Thoughts
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Dialing with Your Thoughts

Researchers in California have created a way to place a call on a cell phone using just your thoughts. Their new brain-computer interface is almost 100 percent...

Companies Hope to 'program' the Internet
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Companies Hope to 'program' the Internet

Most data networks could be faster, more energy efficient, and more secure. But network hardware—switches, routers, and other devices—is essentially locked down...
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