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A 30-Year History of the Future

July 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ...   

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A Transparent Touchable Display Wall

July 8, 2014 12:42 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

At a busy shopping mall, shoppers walk by store windows to find attractive items to purchase. Through the windows, shoppers can see the products displayed, but may have a hard time imagining doing something beyond ...      

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Silicon Sponge Improves Battery Performance

July 8, 2014 12:38 pm | by Franny White, DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed ...         

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Autonomous Vehicles to Exploit Capabilities of Machines

July 8, 2014 12:32 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

Before long, Soldiers in tactical vehicles in the battle-space could get help from autonomous systems. These systems will provide increased situational awareness and decrease the probability of accidents using safety features such as ...  

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Getting a 'Maker' Education

July 8, 2014 12:27 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

Down an alley off Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, there’s a “maker space” called NuVu Studio, where local high school students leave their classrooms behind to design robots, websites, board games, medical devices, and clothing, among other things. But they’re not playing hooky ...

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U.S. Presses China on Liberalizing High-Tech Trade

July 8, 2014 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters the U.S. wants to resolve differences with China over ...

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Drone Forces Chopper to Change Course

July 8, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police have arrested two people for operating a drone over the George Washington Bridge that came within 800 feet of a police helicopter. They say the helicopter pilot spotted the ...            

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Drone Films Fireworks from a New Angle

July 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Jos Stiglingh | Videos | Comments

Drones have been employed to do everything from drop bombs to deliver internet orders, but now a drone has given us a new view of the 4th of July. Flying through a firework show with a DJI Phantom 2, Jos Stiglingh filmed fireworks from a ...

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Students Developing Robotic Gardening Technology

July 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Bob Granath, NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida | News | Comments

For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers ...

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Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 8, 2014 9:48 am | by Frank Jordans & John-Thor Dahlburg | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by ...

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MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader ...

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Chemical Scanner Could Change Shopping

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key ...  

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Photos of the Day: Crews Work to Remove Boeing 737 Fuselages from River

July 8, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first fuselage was removed safely Sunday after 12 hours of specialized machines pulling it up by cable at a rate of 20 feet per hour. Crews were working on removing a second fuselage Monday and plan to pull the last one from ...  

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4 in 10 U.S. Homes are Cellphone Only, Skip Landline

July 8, 2014 9:27 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows. That's twice the rate from just five years ago, although the pace of dumping landlines seems to have slowed down in ...

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Boeing Parts May Still Be Usable After Crash

July 8, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Experts from Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems ...

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