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  • Advanced energy research projects are hot

    Posted December 23, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Millions of dollars were laid out this year for all manner of energy research - from new biofuels and wind projects to better batteries and smartgrid cybersecurity programs.
  • Your railgun throws a 20lb slug? Mine throws a plane!

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 5:54 pm

    Video from aircraft carriers will get a little less Hollywood-atmospheric if electromagnetic catapults replace steam versions that fog up decks as the crew walks around in slo motion.
  • Mind-controled exoskeleton research leaps forward

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    For several years now, scientists have been trying to give people the ability to control devices with just their brain. You may remember from back in 2006 when a paralyzed man used his thoughts to move a cursor, with the hope that the mind-controlled cursor would eventually lead to mind-controlled robotic devices. Now researchers have made a leap forward in improving mind-controlled devices.
  • Huge power boost from small changes: Move an atom of arsenic

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 11:29 am

    Physicists studying the effect moving arsenic from one atom-sized hole to another in microchips find it could lead to smaller chips and a smoother path to quantum computing.
  • 2010 robots review

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 10:34 am

    2010 has been quite a year for our gear-driven robot friends. Here's our review of the year's robot news.
  • I can tell your politics by the way you look

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    A new study purports to be able to predict political beliefs according to whether the drawing of a face can distract their attention to one side.
  • One day, two ends of the evolutionary ladder: reaching for the stars, treed by pigs

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 4:48 pm

    The high end of the evolutionary ladder:

  • Another good reason not to go for a stroll in South Korea

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 11:59 am

    The most heavily fortified border in the world relies on a lot of smart, automated, remote-operated military tech as well as all those grunts with rifles.
  • Forget germ that eats arsenic; check out the one that makes chips

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 1:12 pm

    Microorganisms are good for more than just what-it-eats freak shows; from eating the Titanic to carving silicon, their capabilities they have abilities humans can adapt for more creative purposes.
  • Why is healthcare IT so bad?

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 7:29 pm

    Surveys show progress toward electronic records is 'uneven;' CSC list of success factors read like 'Fail' tags, despite straightforward challenges, well-mapped process.
  • Google Earth Ticks off Iran, strips U.K. churches, takes crosshairs off Santa

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Sometimes it's possible to know too much
  • Iran nuclear scientist killed; Ahmadinejad claims Stuxnet sabotage

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    With Iran and Syria racing for nukes, and North Korea selling to all comers, it may be better to have a virus that can knock out someone else's nuclear plants.
  • Microsoft offers "HPC" on Azure

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 7:04 pm

    Proteomic research is huge and complex, but many of the calculations that enable it are small, statistical calculations well suited for MPP across clusters of smallish PC hardware.
  • Outdoor technology gone wrong, or about to

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    I usually like anything technology can do to improve the outdoor experience -- though I'm continually disappointed no one has commercialized this anti-mosquito system.
  • Symantec sees Iranian nukes in Stuxnet worm

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    Nuclear fuel plants aren't the only potential target for attacks that slow centrifuge controls, but they're far more likely than most other plants.
  • Tetris Tames Trauma, Doctors Say

    Posted November 12, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    Who says video games are a waste of time? Playing Tetris may help reduce memory flashbacks associated with traumatic images, according to a new study by Oxford University researchers.
  • Robot Powered by Rat Neurons Learns to Avoid Walls

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    Ever wanted to build a robot brain out of actual neurons? (Uh, don't answer that.) In a story straight out of something from Dr. Who or other science fiction tales, Kevin Warwick of the UK's University of Reading--a cyborg in his own right--has been developing electrode arrays with rat brain cells growing on them in order to control simple robots. After being placed on electrodes, embryonic rat neurons begin growing and forming branched projections called axons and dendrites, and ultimately form neural pathways between different portions of neurons.
  • Video

    MIT: High-tech cars can mellow you out

    Posted November 5, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Letting the sort of automatic parking systems now available from Ford and Toyota take over doesn't just ensure a better parking job; according to a study from MIT, they can actually reduce stress. Of course, it's still undetermined if that stress is a good thing (because it keeps you more alert) or if the stress drop-off will still happen when such systems are standard equipment on all cars.
  • Video

    Happy 10th birthday Asimo!

    Posted November 3, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    In its 10 years of "life" the Asimo humanoid robot has learned to deliver drinks, move office supplies and conduct an orchestra.
  • Driverless Robotic Vans Cross Asia, Pick up Hitchhikers

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    Last month, Google surprised us when it demonstrated that current automation technology is reliable enough to drive a car for you. Even more impressive is that not one, not two, but four robotic vans using technology similar to Google's have crossed from Italy to Shanghai, China, all completing the 8,000-mile trek without drivers just in time for Shanghai Expo.
  • NASA puts automated software code patents on auction block

    Posted October 28, 2010 - 8:38 pm

    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center this week said it is set to auction an exclusive license to five patents it holds for automated software development on Nov. 11, 2010.
  • Artificial Intelligence Trumps Human Judge in Test

    Posted October 28, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    Maybe humans will eventually meet their match in manipulation one day. The New Scientist recently reported a winner for the Loebner Prize, an annual contest that puts artificial intelligence machines through one version of the Turing Test.
  • Nightmare robots: 20 real and creepy androids

    Posted October 28, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    Happy Halloween: These 20 creepy robots are guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies.
  • Physicists Find Mass Created 'Inside' Graphene

    Posted October 27, 2010 - 1:28 pm

    Graphene: what can't it do? Those atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms packed honeycomb-shaped crystal lattices can act as zero-gap semiconductors, biodevices, transistors, and now can perhaps create mass, simply by rolling up atom-thick sheets of this material.
  • NASA shield may protect Earth's power from the Sun

    Posted October 26, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    A few minutes warning could let utilities defend against surges that melt transformer cases and once set telegraph offices on fire
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