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Upgraded Atlas Robot to Go Wireless

January 21, 2015 10:54 am | by DARPA | Comments

A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the final event of which will be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The new prize structure was created in recognition of both the significant progress already demonstrated ...                 

Photos of the Day: DARPA Robotics Challenge

January 21, 2015 10:54 am | by DARPA | Comments

Aside from the previously announced $2 million grand prize, DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team. DARPA expects at least twenty teams to compete in the DRC Finals ...                      

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Self-Cleaning, Self-Powered Smart Keyboard Can Identify You

January 21, 2015 10:16 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. Zhong Lin Wang and colleagues ... 

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X-Rays Unlock Secrets of Ancient Scrolls Buried by Volcano

January 21, 2015 10:06 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets ...                         

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX with $1B Investment

January 21, 2015 9:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a ...                             

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Software Teaches Computers to Translate Words to Math

January 21, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences professor Dan Roth...

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Obama: Paid Leave Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave—which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity.  At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce several initiatives to promote paid medical and family ... 

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Innovative Smart Home System Lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company, which will ... 

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Scientists Observe Giant Burst of Radio Waves

January 20, 2015 9:33 am | by ZME Science | Comments

Scientists have observed a massive burst of radio waves, helping them narrow down the potential sources of these huge bursts of energy. These events, also called blitzars, last about a millisecond but give off as much energy as the sun does in a million years ... 

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New Laser Could Improve the Images in Tomorrow's Technology

January 20, 2015 8:43 am | by Yale University | Comments

A new semiconductor laser developed at Yale has the potential to significantly improve the imaging quality of the next generation of high-tech microscopes, laser projectors, photolithography, holography, and biomedical imaging. Based on a chaotic ...

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Multimodal Fibers Deliver Drugs Directly to the Brain

January 20, 2015 8:27 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study — not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single type of signaling, limiting the information that can be derived from the brain at any point in time. Now researchers at MIT may have found a way to change that ...

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Chiming in with Robotic Conversations

January 20, 2015 8:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations ...                      

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Infographic: Bringing Our Schools into the 21st Century

January 20, 2015 8:03 am | by Nova Southeastern University | Comments

Internet, mobile devices, computers and so many more electronic devices have changed our day-to-day lives. One area that has been left relatively untouched is in our schools. There has not been a drastic change in the methods of presenting information to students in the last 10 years ...                   

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Snowplow Tracking Apps Hold Cities Accountable for Cleanup

January 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | Comments

As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Like an increasing number of snowbound city dwellers, she had a ready tool at hand: an app that tracks hundreds of city snowplows in close to real time ...                                 

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Navy to Launch a Lockheed Martin-Built Communication Satellite

January 16, 2015 4:38 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Comments

The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

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