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Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams
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Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams

LET'S face it: power cables are unsightly dust-traps. PCs, TVs and music players are becoming slicker every year, but the nest of vipers in the corner of everyAn...

Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot
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Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot

Engineers from NASA and General Motors have jointly developed what they tout as "the world's most dexterous robot" called "Robonaut2" to supplement human activity...

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Tech Spending Bounces Back as Profits Rise

Business spending on technology goods and services is returning as the economy mends, pumping new life into suppliers such as Cisco Systems Inc., though it has...

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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under...

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U.S. Cyberwar Strategy: The Pentagon Plans to Attack

The China-U.S. diplomatic spat over cyberattacks on Google has highlighted the growing significance of the Internet as a theater of combat. Deputy Defense Secretary...

What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?
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What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?

Despite widespread speculation, nothing beyond what Steve Jobs announced last week is known about the A4 chip at the heart of the Apple iPad. Jobs described the...

High, Not Flat: Nanowires for a New Chip Architecture
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High, Not Flat: Nanowires for a New Chip Architecture

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf have described the electrical resistance and current...

DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain
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DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain

Looking like a robotic mule, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will carry 400 pounds of equipment...

Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly
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Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly

Many people may assume that conventional television sets and computer monitors — the kind that use  CRTs rather than flat panel screens — have virtually disappeared...

The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones
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Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones

Princeton University researchers have developed power-generating rubber films that can harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking to power electronic...

Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies
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Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies

Purdue University researchers have developed microids, miniature, insect-like robots that feature tiny legs and mandibles built using solid-state muscles. Computer...

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Computer Scientists Develop Neuro-Computer That Actively Learns

Researchers from the Institute for Theoretical Science at the Graz University of Technology are creating a new generation of neuro-computers based on learning mechanisms...

Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes
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Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes

The situation was desperate for the Denver Broncos. On the first Sunday of the National Football League’s 2009 season, with only 28 seconds left in the game, they...

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

Milestone Reached on Road to Graphene-Based Electronic Devices
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Milestone Reached on Road to Graphene-Based Electronic Devices

Researchers in the Electro-Optics Center Materials Division at Penn State have produced 100-mm diameter graphene wafers, a key milestone in the development of graphene...

Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations
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Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations

Supercomputing has helped astrophysicists create massive models of the universe, but such simulations remain out of reach for many in the United States and around...

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Major Step Towards Low-Power All-Optical Switching For Optical Communications

A key breakthrough involving optical random access memory has been achieved by Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) and Ghent University. Researchers...

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Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems

An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging, and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems...

Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right
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Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right

Almost three decades ago, Richard Feynman — known popularly as much for his bongo drumming and pranks as for his brilliant insights into physics — told an electrified...
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