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Computing Archive

  • Old Logs, New Tricks

    Software that analyzes system log files could help automate computer networks.

  • Wearable Devices Add Strength

    Robotic “power pants” use sensors and artificial muscles to give you an extra jolt of strength.

  • Deciphering Cars

    Consumers have a right to know the diagnoses made by their cars’ onboard computers.

  • The Robots Are Here

    Robots today are where computers were in 1978; soon, they’ll be as pervasive as the Web.

  • How Soon to the Moon?

    Sending humans back to the moon might divert money from other space science. Is it worth it?

  • Fiber Optics Takes the Long Way Home

    Despite decades of experiments, big telecom companies are moving ever so sluggishly to extend fiber optics to individual residences.

  • Hovercrafter

    It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the inventor of the hovercraft.

  • Bomb Scanners

    How current airport bomb detectors operate-plus a look at the next generation of scanning technologies.

  • Behavior-Monitoring Machines

    A new breed of computer software keeps tabs on how people and objects act. To really work, though, these programs have to learn and adapt.

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