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  • AR Drone controlled by AstroDrone app flies toward simulated international space station

    How a game helps improve robotic space flights

    The European Space Agency combines real-world and virtual components with AR.Drone to improve its software for space flight and docking with the International Space Station.

  • New York Mayor Bloomberg using 3D glasses to look at a NASA display

    Active and passive 3D: What's the difference, and which is better?

    There are two types of technology for 3D displays, which are becoming more common in educational and government settings. The differences start with the glasses.

  • Picture of blogger John Breeden in a Matrix setting

    Are we all living in a simulated world?

    If we create simulated universes, then statistically speaking there's a chance we're already living in one, according to one theory. Is it worth finding out?

  • NYC Mayor Bloomberg and officials standing in front of Domain Awareness System screen

    'Person of Interest' has the Machine, NYC has Dashboard

    The Domain Awareness System, developed by Microsoft and New York City police, combines data gathered by 3,000 cameras and other sensors with crime data for a better picture of events as they unfold.

  • WobbleWorks 3Doodler 3D pen

    A 3D printer… in a pen?

    The 3Doodler might not be able to make fine-tuned machine parts, but it could come in handy for repairs in the field, and it might be the first step into a new frontier for 3D printing.

  • Concept image of Bexar County Texas BiblioTech bookless library

    Bookless library foreshadows next-gen students, learning technologies

    A Texas county's plans for a bookless library underscores the point that research, training and teaching methods must be redesigned for new technologies or learners will disconnect.

  • Virginia Tech Wu Feng with supercomputer HokieSpeed

    Air Force project could 'transform' supercomputing

    Virginia Tech team plans multidisciplinary approach to low-power computing in simulating tiny unmanned aircraft.

  • President Obama giving the 2013 State of the Union address

    The state of the union for 3D printing is strong

    If there were any doubts about the potential for this quirky, fascinating technology, its place in the president's State of the Union speech should erase them.

  • Visually impaired computer user

    Section 508 compliance doesn't get lost in the cloud

    The move to cloud services and mobile access hasn't changed agencies' focus on ensuring access for people with disabilities.

  • DARPA image of dissolving electronics

    Electronics that dissolve when not in use?

    DARPA wants to develop 'transient electronics' that will degrade into the environment when left behind on the battlefield.

  • Demo of Hybrid 4 Dimensional Augmented Reality at Virginia Tech

    Take a picture, and 4D app gives you the details

    Hybrid 4-Dimensional Augmented Reality, developed at Virginia Tech, can give responders situational awareness, detail what's inside a building or tell how something works.

  • Tape backup library

    Tape storage systems are down, but not out

    Agencies are moving more of their data to the cloud and considering disk systems for local storage, but tape isn't quite dead yet.

  • Image of Mona Lisa sent to moon via laser

    How NASA beamed Mona Lisa to the moon, one pixel at a time

    The space agency has been using its Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter to map the moon's surface, which made it a perfect platform to test out laser communications across space.

  • Screengrab from Army edition of Virtual Battlespace 2 game

    The military wants to step up its training game

    When recruits already know elaborate games like Far Cry 3, a five-year-old simulation like the Army’s Virtual Battlespace 2 doesn’t cut it.

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