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Leap Year Blamed For Hicaps Stumble
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Leap Year Blamed For Hicaps Stumble

Today's extra day in February has caused the payment system used by the health industry to crash, preventing 150,000 customers from using private health care cards...

Nasa Pinning Down Where 'here' Is Better Than Ever
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Nasa Pinning Down Where 'here' Is Better Than Ever

Before our Global Positioning System navigation devices can tell us where we are, the satellites that make up the GPS need to know exactly where they are.

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Garmin Finds a New Direction

In the pantheon of seemingly obsolete technologies, automobile navigation devices might seem ready to join laser discs and pagers.

Drexel Engineering Research Brings Seven Adult-Sized Humanoid Robots Together in the ­.s. For the First Time
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Drexel Engineering Research Brings Seven Adult-Sized Humanoid Robots Together in the ­.s. For the First Time

Drexel University recently celebrated National Engineers Week by presenting seven adult-sized humanoid robots made by the HUBO Lab.  

Software Helps Improve Software
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Software Helps Improve Software

KIT researchers have developed the PALLADIO simulation tool, which analyzes a program's structure in advance and predicts the need for resources and limitations...

In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers' Tactics
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In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers' Tactics

The elusive hacker movement known as Anonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its...

Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center
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Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center

Unlike Google, Facebook believes the wimps have a future in the data center. As variousacademics and free-thinking startups seek to reinvent the server using ultra...

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How Data Storage Cripples Mobile Apps

The latest smart phones and tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month came with an emphasis on faster processors and compatibility with faster...

Study Explores Computing Bursts For Smartphones
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Study Explores Computing Bursts For Smartphones

The performance of smartphones could be improved by using chips that are designed for computational sprinting, say researchers at Pennsylvania and Michigan universities...

New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices
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New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices

Smartphone owners can surf the Web, pay bills, watch videos, enjoy music, and send email. But while their gadgets have been designed to handle increasing amounts...

In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive
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In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive

The Stockton Tunnel, excavated in 1914, lets San Francisco drivers get between downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf without having to ascend the scarily steep grades...

Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web
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Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web

It's cool to have rabbit ears again.

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More Design Hobbyists, Entrepreneurs Use 3D Printing

Matt Sullivan, a retired soldier, still has trouble explaining his right leg to strangers.

Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World
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Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World

With just 2% of the Smithsonian's archive of 137 million items available to the public at any one time, an effort is under way at the world's largest museum and...

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'do Not Track' Button

Alongside the news that the White House will announce voluntary privacy guidelines for Web companies comes the announcement from major online advertisers that they...

Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality
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Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality

It wasn't so long ago that legions of people began walking the streets, talking to themselves. On closer inspection, many of them turned out to be wearing tiny...

Seven Equations That Rule Your World
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Seven Equations That Rule Your World

The alarm rings. You glance at the clock. The time is 6.30 am. You haven't even got out of bed, and already at least six mathematical equations have influenced...

The Industrial Robot Revolution
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The Industrial Robot Revolution

A dramatic shift in how robots are made and perceived is leading to their widespread adoption and use.  

Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle
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Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle

John Nash's mind is even more exquisite than we thought. The Nobel laureate, famous for both his work in game theory and his schizophrenia—as portrayed in the book...

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds
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Gaining Wisdom from Crowds

Online games are harnessing humans' skills to solve scientific problems that are currently beyond the ability of computers.
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