Stories by Sharon Gaudin

RFID tags at the base of NYC's Freedom Tower

Builders are turning to RFID technology to set the foundation for the Freedom Tower that is being erected where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers had stood in New York City prior to September 11, 2001.

RFID tech turned into spy chips for clandestine surveillance

An employee looking to steal confidential information from his employer sneaks into what should be a secure back room after hours. He pulls charts and files from a top-level financial meeting and slides them into his briefcase before heading back out.

Solar-powered laptop bag charges up road warriors

Voltaic Systems is getting ready to release a solar-powered laptop bag that is designed to charge the computer carried inside it.

Microsoft helps study oceans, volcanoes, life's start

Microsoft is developing software to help scientists study the ocean to learn more about undersea volcanoes, weather patterns, global warming and even where they think life on Earth may have started.

NASA's space robot assembled, awaiting first assignment

With power flowing and arms, cameras and even a tool belt in place, NASA's space robot is ready for work.

Problem Solved: NASA's space robot powered up

Dextre, the giant robot being assembled on the International Space Station, has regained its power.

AMD: First Barcelona systems set to ship in April

The first systems running Advanced Micro Device's new quad-core Barcelona chip are expected to hit the market in April, AMD executives said Tuesday.

Intel: Six-core chip to ship by second half '08

Intel Monday announced that it expects to ship a six-core processor to OEMs in the second half of this year.

IBM builds optical switch for multi-core chips

IBM Monday announced that its scientists have built a switch that can control the flow of information on a chip using pulses of light instead of electrons.

RFID hack could crack open 2 billion smart cards

A student at the University of Virginia in the US has discovered a way to break through the encryption code of RFID chips used in up to 2 billion smart cards used to open doors and board public transportation systems.

Microsoft peers at the galaxy through WorldWide Telescope

Ever look up into the night sky and wonder about any of those twinkling points of light? Wish you could get a closer look? Maybe via a guided tour by a world-renowned astronomer?

Endeavour Mission: 3,400 pound robot survived shuttle launch

With the robotic components seemingly intact after the shaking and rattling of the space shuttle Endeavour's launch this week, astronauts are preparing to start assembling the giant two-armed machine tomorrow night.

Howard Schmidt talks privacy, background checks

Howard Schmidt today is the CEO of R&H Security Consulting. However, he's better known around the world for working in the White House for 31 years. A former White House security adviser, he was appointed by President Bush as Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security just three months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

NASA launch: Going where no robot has gone before

When the space shuttle Endeavour launches early Tuesday morning, it will hold the makings of a 3,400-pound, 12-foot-tall robot with a 30-foot wing span.

Microsoft researches user interface for the illiterate

Microsoft's research arm is working on technology that would enable its engineers to build a user interface for the illiterate.

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