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Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless
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Iran Slams Google for Leaving Persian Gulf Nameless

Iran on Saturday criticized Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it would hurt...

A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind
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A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind

Conversations between people include a lot more than just words. All sorts of visual and aural cues indicate each party's state of mind and make for a productive...

Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller
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Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller

The controller for the next Xbox might be able to take biometric readings of your hand, according to a recent Microsoft patent.

A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy
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A Revamping of Bing in the Battle For Search Engine Supremacy

When Facebook goes public in the coming weeks, there will be a lot of winners. Among them is one of the stalwarts of the tech industry, Microsoft, which has a small...

Daniela Rus's Robotic Sand
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Daniela Rus's Robotic Sand

History holds lessons, even for those designing futuristic robots.

Nasa Dawn Mission Reveals Secrets of Large Asteroid
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Nasa Dawn Mission Reveals Secrets of Large Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and kinship...

Researchers Demonstrate New Way to Control Nonvolatile Magnetic Memory Devices
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Researchers Demonstrate New Way to Control Nonvolatile Magnetic Memory Devices

The spin Hall effect is useful for memory applications because it can switch magnetic poles back and forth, according to researchers at Cornell University.  

Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'
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Thomas Sterling: 'i Think We Will Never Reach Zettaflops'

As supercomputing makes its way through the petascale era, the future of the technology has never seemed so uncertain.

Movie Magic to Leave Home For?
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Movie Magic to Leave Home For?

Someday, if the dreams of movie-technology designers come true, you'll flash your smartphone ticket, settle into your plush cinema seat and be greeted with a hyper...

Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar
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Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar

Business executives and national security leaders are of one mind over the need to improve the security of the computers that control the U.S. power grid, the financial...

The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars
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The Man Who Started the Hacker Wars

In the summer of 2007, Apple released the iPhone, in an exclusive partnership with A.T. & T. George Hotz, a seventeen-year-old from Glen Rock, New Jersey, was a...

Graphene-Based Terahertz Devices: The Wave of the Future
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Graphene-Based Terahertz Devices: The Wave of the Future

University of Notre Dame researchers have been able to manipulate terahertz (THz) electromagnetic waves using atomically thin graphene layers, which they say sets...

10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space
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10 Years of Aqua Satellite's Incredible Images of Earth From Space

The view of Earth from space has transformed our understanding of, as well as our admiration for, the planet.

Gesture Control System Uses Sound Alone
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Gesture Control System Uses Sound Alone

When you learned about the Doppler Effect in high school physics class—the wave frequency shift that occurs when the source of the wave is moving, easily illustrated...

Objects Know How They Are Being Touched
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Objects Know How They Are Being Touched

A doorknob that knows whether to lock or unlock based on how it is grasped, a smartphone that silences itself if the user holds a finger to her lips, and a chair...

A Brief History of Warnings About the Demise of Moore's Law
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A Brief History of Warnings About the Demise of Moore's Law

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku rekindled a perennial discussion last week by saying Moore's Law, the pacesetter of technological advancement over the last half...

Hovering Drones Flock Together Using 3D Vision
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Hovering Drones Flock Together Using 3D Vision

If you're going to have a group of drones flying around each other, it would probably be wise to have each of them know where the other is.

What Makes Heroic Strife
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What Makes Heroic Strife

For the past decade or so, generals commanding the world's most advanced armies have been able to rely on accurate forecasts of the outcomes of conventional battles...

Research Breakthrough Takes Supercomputing Out of the Lab
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Research Breakthrough Takes Supercomputing Out of the Lab

University of Toronto researchers have developed a system that they say will make the production of a special class of photons used in supercomputing faster and...

Steganography: How Al-Qaeda Hid Secret Documents in a Porn Video
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Steganography: How Al-Qaeda Hid Secret Documents in a Porn Video

When a suspected al-Qaeda member was arrested in Berlin in May of 2011, he was found with a memory card with a password-protected folder—and the files within it...
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