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Surgical Robots to Provide Open-Source Platform For Medical Robotics Research
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Surgical Robots to Provide Open-Source Platform For Medical Robotics Research

University of Washington researchers have developed Raven, a robot with wing-like arms that will be sent to seven campuses across the U.S. and form the basis of...

Choreographing Dance of Electrons Offers Promise in Pursuit of Quantum Computers
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Choreographing Dance of Electrons Offers Promise in Pursuit of Quantum Computers

Princeton University researchers are studying ways to control the spin of electrons, a major step toward developing technology that can be used in quantum computers...

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Steve Ballmer Reboots

They had his dining room waiting. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive and one of the richest men in the world, often eats privately at a Bellevue (Wash.)...

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Google's Data Center Engineer Shares Secrets of 'warehouse' Computing

 Luiz André Barroso doesn't see Google's data centers as data centers. He sees them as computers the size of warehouses.

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Patent Grants Hit All-Time High in 2011; Ibm Leads the Way

Patents were a hot-button issue in 2011, so there's no wonder so many companies were filling their portfolios with new intellectual property all year.

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New Storage Device Is Very Small, at 12 Atoms

Researchers at I.B.M. have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information...

Marines Want iPads to Control Robo-Copter Brains
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Marines Want iPads to Control Robo-Copter Brains

It's been less than a month since the Marines flew their first robotic supply helicopter on its debut combat mission in Afghanistan.

World's Largest Quantum Computation Uses 84 Qubits
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World's Largest Quantum Computation Uses 84 Qubits

D-Wave Systems' Zhengbing Bian and colleagues announced that they have carried out a calculation involving 84 qubits. The computation involved two-color Ramsey...

Almost 1 In 3 U.s. Warplanes Is a Robot
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Almost 1 In 3 U.s. Warplanes Is a Robot

Remember when the military actually put human beings in the cockpits of its planes?

Intel Unveils New Chips For Smartphones and Tablets
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Intel Unveils New Chips For Smartphones and Tablets

Intel's chips have dominated the PC era, but when it comes to post-PC devices, such as smartphones and tablets, the company is less than an also-ran.

The $1,000 Human Genome?
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The $1,000 Human Genome?

The race to the $1,000 genome heated up today as Life Technologies, based in Carlsbad, Calif., announced it will debut a new sequencing machine this year that...

Time Cloaking: How Scientists Opened a Hidden Gap in Time
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Time Cloaking: How Scientists Opened a Hidden Gap in Time

Scientists say they have achieved "temporal cloaking"—manipulating light in a way that makes it appear as if 50 trillionths of a second never happened.

Microsoft Reinvents Wi-Fi For White Spaces
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Microsoft Reinvents Wi-Fi For White Spaces

Microsoft researchers have developed WiFi-NC, a type of Wi-Fi network that runs at peak performance even when interference is present. 

Russian Space Chief Claims Space Failures May Be Sabotage
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Russian Space Chief Claims Space Failures May Be Sabotage

Some recent failures of Russian satellites may have been the result of sabotage by foreign forces, Russia's space chief said in comments apparently aimed at the...

One-Atom-Tall Wires Could Extend Life of Moore's Law
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One-Atom-Tall Wires Could Extend Life of Moore's Law

There may be a bit more room at the bottom, after all.

Facial Recognition: Beating Surveillance Cameras
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Facial Recognition: Beating Surveillance Cameras

Big Brother is watching you, though probably not in the ways most of us would imagine.

Intel's Newest Project: Helping Stephen Hawking Speak
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Intel's Newest Project: Helping Stephen Hawking Speak

Intel is looking for ways to help famed British physicist Stephen Hawking reverse the slowing of his speech, according to a senior executive with the American...

At CES, Control Your Computer Screen With Your 'Gaze'
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At CES, Control Your Computer Screen With Your 'Gaze'

At last year's D9 conference, Sweden-based Tobii demonstrated cool eye-tracking technology that enables users to control a PC without hands.

The Critics Rave... For Microsoft?
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The Critics Rave... For Microsoft?

"Gorgeous," raves The Huffington Post. "Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry," gushes Slate. "Far superior to most if not all the Android...

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Enterprise Will Spend $19 Billion on Apple Hardware in 2012

The "Bring Your Own Device" philosophy spreading through enterprise these days is proving a real boon to Apple.
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