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A Contest To Build A Disaster-Ready Robot

The Pentagon's research agency, known as DARPA, is challenging scientists to develop robots that can work in man-made disasters like Fukushima. The goal is to develop machines that can be easily operated immediately after disasters strike.
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In Twitter We Trust: Can Social Media Sway Voters?

Social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, have been important parts of this year's presidential campaigns. As Americans prepare to head to the polls, experts discuss social media's influence on politics, and whether Twitter can predict who will win the election.
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Zapping Nuclear Waste With Laser Beams Could Actually Be A Great Idea

The world's most powerful laser beams are going to be built in Europe. Scientists say that a blast from them could destroy nuclear waste in seconds — meaning it wouldn't have to be stored for centuries.
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Can Windows 8 Bridge The Gap Between Tablet And PC?

Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 8, is the company's boldest move yet. In an attempt to stay competitive with other tech giants, the new software is designed to boost company's mobile and tablet business. But will it upset Microsoft's computer-based loyalists?
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Windows 8 Billed As Biggest Change To PC In 17 Years

Microsoft faces an important crossroads as it launches the new operating system, Windows 8. The software is based on touch screens and gives users a much different experience than previous Windows systems. Windows 8 is seen as critical for Microsoft as it seeks to expand to tablets and smartphones, areas where it has lagged badly.
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Microsoft Introduces Windows 8, Marking A 'New Era'

The new, touch-friendly operating system is a big gamble for the company. It's also the biggest remake of the industry-standard OS in 17 years.
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Watching TV Online Often Exposes Slow Bandwidth

There are more ways than ever to watch TV programs on the Internet, from Netflix and Amazon to Hulu. But many viewers discover that watching TV on the Web can be frustrating, as their favorite show might suddenly stop and stutter, the victim of a lack of bandwidth.

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