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Japanese company plans space elevator by 2050

Japan's giant construction company, Obayashi Corporation, has announced that it plans to build an elevator into space by the year 2050.

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RFID helps robots locate objects

Work to improve robot vision is ongoing -- but robots don't necessarily need to rely solely on their eyes.

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Scientists make quantum leap, teleport data from light to matter

In another breakthrough in the weird, wonky world of quantum physics, researchers teleport data an unprecedented distance with a novel technique -- making the instant transfer of data across the Internet more of a reality.

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Harvard-made lung muscle could yield asthma insights

Scientists synthesize human airway tissue, and in hopes of finding better asthma medication, watch it react to a variety of chemicals.

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Drones of 2014: Quadcopters that give you a view from above

This crop of quadcopters make it easier and more affordable than ever for you to shoot aerial photos and video with your hands on or off the controls.

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Hundreds of floating robots could soon surveil the oceans

A deal between Boeing and Liquid Robotics, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, means fleets of seafaring robots will augment existing military aircraft and ships in monitoring the seas.

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You could own a window from the Manhattan Project

This window, and the scientists who peered through it, witnessed work that changed the history of our planet. Now it can be yours for about $200,000.

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Scientists map the 219 million stars of the visible Milky Way

A new catalogue of the visible Milky Way is the most detailed yet, charting 219 million distinct stars in the region we can see from Earth.

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Kinetic sculpture reflects meteor impacts on the moon

The lunar surface gets artsy in the hands of two London digital designers and their data-driven hanging sculpture based on cosmic events.

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Flying lampshades: Cirque du Soleil plays with drones

In a new video, the billion-dollar entertainment giant shows what it can do with a few quadcopters, and a lot of imagination.

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Ig Nobel fetes slippery banana peel, Jesus on toast

The 2014 Ig Nobel winners are in, celebrating the best scientific achievements "that first make people laugh, and then makes them think".

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The history of the Predator, the drone that changed the world (Q&A)

Longtime Pentagon correspondent Richard Whittle investigated the unmanned aircraft that gave the military the ability to attack targets from the other side of the world. He talked to CNET about the drone.

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