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  • HP's radical new Machine could start computing by 2016

    Hewlett-Packard's efforts to usher in an entirely new computer architecture, one potentially much faster and simpler, may bear fruit by the end of 2016, when the company's lab expects to have the first prototype machine based on its design.

  • NASA puts finishing touches on its first Mars-bound spacecraft

    NASA engineers and technicians on Thursday put the finishing touches on Orion, the spacecraft designed to take astronauts into deep space.

  • One code to rule them all: Dronecode

    Drones have just found their new best friends: coders. On Oct. 13, the Linux Foundation unveiled a nonprofit organization called the Dronecode Project, an open-source development initiative uniting thousands of coders for the purpose of building an aerial operating system for drones. Hopeful that the project will bring order to the chaos that has surrounded software developers as they sprint to carve out a share of the bourgeoning market for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAS operators are now asking whether Dronecode will finally provide the horsepower and industry-wide support needed to launch a universal drone operating system.

  • After rocket explosion, no air, water pollutants detected

    The initial assessment of the explosion that destroyed an Antares rocket and cargo craft on launch on Tuesday evening showed no signs that the blast emitted pollution into the water or air around the launch area in Virginia.

  • Google AI project apes memory, programs (sort of) like a human

    The mission of Google's DeepMind Technologies startup is to "solve intelligence." Now, researchers there have developed an artificial intelligence system that can mimic some of the brain's memory skills and even program like a human.

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  • Boston's Bolt launches hardware companies

    Watch the first episode in our new series Breakout Startups here.

  • Here's why Amazon drones may never land at your door

    Amazon's ambitious plan to use flying drones to deliver packages is far-fetched, but not just because of technology limitations or air traffic regulations. Amazon's fulfillment center network, as it stands now, is too limited to serve even a tiny fraction of the U.S. in the method described by CEO Jeff Bezos.

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    40 years ago, Ethernet's fathers were the startup kids

    Bob Metcalfe, Dave Boggs and the rest of the scientists at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1973 were a lot like young developers at a Silicon Valley startup today.

  • Worst security snafus of 2012

    The first half of 2012 was pretty bad - from the embarrassing hack of a conversation between the FBI and Scotland Yard to a plethora of data breaches - and the second half wasn't much better, with events including Symantec's antivirus update mess and periodic attacks from hactivists at Anonymous.

  • Can the US military fight a war with Twitter?

    Students at a U.S. military graduate school in California are mining social media with new methods that may change the way the armed forces collect intelligence overseas.