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Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

It was a year ago that the United States military first attempted, and ultimately succeeded, in shooting down a ballistic missile with a laser. And now it looks like they are ready to test it again, and they could be doing it as soon as tonight, if sources are accurate. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Airborne Laser Test Bed, which is a heavily modified jumbo jet that has a chemical laser equipped to its frame, will take off from the California coast, and try to shoot down the missile.

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Solemates Superyacht Lets Passengers and Crew Control Some Features with iPads

Solemates Superyacht Lets Passengers and Crew Control Some Features with iPads

It's been a few days since a yacht has graced the front page of SlashGear, so let's rectify that. Of course, a yacht isn't a yacht if it doesn't have a bunch of luxury items on it, making it not only look good, but also look expensive. Much like an iPad with an 18K gold Apple logo does. The Solemates Suepryacht certainly does its best to make sure that everyone knows it looks expensive, and if you do manage to step inside it, you'll realize why you'll have to pay a bit extra to spend any time therein. Thanks to Apple's iPad tablet device, crew members and passengers alike will be able to control features of the ship, right from the device.

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Engkey Egg-Shaped Robot Teaches South Korean Students English

Engkey Egg-Shaped Robot Teaches South Korean Students English

It looks like South Korea's aspirations of having robots in classrooms, teaching their youth, which were aiming for 2012, may be seeing adoption at a quicker rate. But, that's not stopping a school in Daegu, South Korea, from planting a few 3-foot tall robots, oddly shaped like huge eggs, right in front of students, and teaching them English. The students reportedly love the Engkey, though, and that's kept the little bots around.

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Researchers at University of Glasgow Create 1,000-Core Processor

Researchers at University of Glasgow Create 1,000-Core Processor

Lead by researcher Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede, a team of scientists have used the technology found in Field Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGAs, to create a 1,000-core processor. At this point, they've effectively created a proof of concept that can perform almost 20 times faster than "modern computers." To add to the possibility of this new processor finding its way to the real world eventually, it seems that Intel has been playing around with the idea, very recently, and believe that a processor of that magnitude is certainly "feasible."

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Auto Stop-Start Technology by Ford Heading to the US in 2012

Auto Stop-Start Technology by Ford Heading to the US in 2012

Saving money on gas is one thing, but having a car that doesn't go through fuel like its not a precious commodity is also part of the equation. Ford announced today their plans to bring their Auto Stop-Start Technology to the United States in 2012. Also called idle-stop technology, or even microhybrid, it's designed to turn off the engine when the car is not in motion. The electrical system stays on, so you'll still have music and heat, but the engine will be off. As soon as the driver puts their foot back on the gas, the engine fires back up, and they can be on their way.

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Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

There's one way that will usually make a concept go from a plan to the real deal pretty quickly: make it cheap. While some concept designs may focus on helping the environment, or finding new ways to help humans in certain situations, they may make it too impractical due to costs. But, if you can manage to create something that is practical and costs less than five dollars to make, we're pretty sure that means you've got a winner on your hands. At least, that's what students from the University of Washington are hoping.

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ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

If you're claustrophobic, then travelling on any kind of vehicle for transportation is probably pretty rough. Especially an airplane, where you're sitting right next to a lot of people, in a relatively small space (depending on how you fly, of course). So maybe a giant tube system wouldn't be to your liking. But, if you've got to get somewhere, even somewhere around the world, in a hurry, the ET3 system could be just what the world has been waiting for.

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Thin-Film Transistors to Cover Paper Money, Make Counterfeiting Harder

Thin-Film Transistors to Cover Paper Money, Make Counterfeiting Harder

Counterfeiting is an arm's race to nowhere. An endless struggle, with both sides trying to out-wit the other. While treasuries all around the world try to find new ways to make counterfeiters sweat, and ultimately unable to make fake money, the counterfeiters in the world just need to figure out how those individuals are making new money, and copy it. There have been plenty of options in the past, like watermarks, ink that never dries, holograms, and colors that can't be copied. But, they've all been figured out in one way or another. But now, thanks to thin-film transistors, it may be almost impossible for counterfeiters to get the job done.

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Cyberdyne HAL Exoskeleton to Be Shown Off at CES 2011

Cyberdyne HAL Exoskeleton to Be Shown Off at CES 2011

Way back in 2007, Cyberdyne was showing off their latest version of the Hybrid Assistive Limb exoskeleton, better known as HAL. They were even talking about how in 2008, people would be able to rent the exoskeleton for whatever purpose they needed. While the scientists, researchers, and designers at Cyberdyne originally promoted the exoskeleton for those with disabilities and the elderly, it's looking more and more like HAL is all set to be shown off for everyone.

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Willow Garage Announces Expansion of PR2 Robot Community

Willow Garage Announces Expansion of PR2 Robot Community

With all of the ridiculously advanced robots out there, it probably won't be the PR2 robots that start, or finish the war between man and machines. Their duties, which border on the strictly mundane, include that of folding laundry. But that doesn't mean even the smallest robots out there shouldn't have plenty of people making them do those mundane things in the best possible way. Willow Garage has announced that the community focused on these small robots has expanded, and now includes 16 leading research laboratories around the world.

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