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Rock Stars Take a Look at Researcher's 3-D Technology
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Rock Stars Take a Look at Researcher's 3-D Technology

Producers have been contacting Iowa State University's Song Zhang to learn about his unique 3-D imaging technology, which uses simple hardware and powerful software...

The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'Toy Story 3'
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The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'Toy Story 3'

At Pixar Animation Studios, which will release "Toy Story 3," its 11th feature film, on Friday, each new movie is an opportunity both to notch huge box office numbers...

Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer
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Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer

An international team of researchers has overcome a key stumbling block by using metal crystal to order the molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially...

Flickr Photos Yield Tourist Trails
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Flickr Photos Yield Tourist Trails

Yahoo! researchers have developed a tool that draws on the database of millions of Flickr photos to generate detailed itineraries of what tourist sites to visit...

Chinese Aim to Build the Next Silicon Valley
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Chinese Aim to Build the Next Silicon Valley

Many of the cool tools consumers crave, such as iPads, smart phones and laptops, were dreamed up in the United States. But when it came time to turn the inventors'...

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Gaming Chips Score in Data Centers

Computers based on the graphical processing unit chips that power today's computer games are increasingly being used in place of supercomputers for many technical...

Programming 'Boot Camp' Offers Basic Training
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Programming 'Boot Camp' Offers Basic Training

John Stamey is a drill-sergeant to computer science students at Coastal Carolina University. Everyone in first-semester programming must write 370  programs. Student...

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Technology Milestone Heralds a More Secure Internet

Moves to make the web's address system more secure will take a major step forward next month. In the planning for a decade, the Domain Name System Security Extentions...

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage
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Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage

A new magnetic recording medium made up of tiny nanospheres has been devised by European researchers. The technology may lead to hard disks able to store more than...

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Singapore Gets Wired for Speed

This island city-state, thanks to its small size and a big public investment, could soon be the first country blanketed with a fiber optic infrastructure so fast...

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Sandia to Play Major Role in Creation of 'Virtual' Nuclear Reactor

Sandia National Laboratories computational scientists will lead two of five technical areas in a U.S. Department of Energy effort to create a "virtual" nuclear...

Japanese Baby-Bot to Shed Light on Human Learning
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Japanese Baby-Bot to Shed Light on Human Learning

Japanese researchers have created a baby robot designed to simulate the behavior and development of a real infant in an effort to better understand how humans grow...

Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It
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Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It

Children in kindergarten are being introduced to engineering as school districts across the U.S. embark on an aggressive pursuit of the discipline amid growing...

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IMEC Ramps Resistive RAM Research

Increasingly diverse applications that influence specifications and device requirements will prevent resistive RAMs from leading to a single "universal" memory,...

New Musical Resonance, Via Your Cell Phone
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New Musical Resonance, Via Your Cell Phone

Drexel University researchers have developed software that listens to a live orchestral performance and then displays real-time information describing the relevant...

19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone
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19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone

Rarely has 19th-century technology stirred an audience of 21st-century technophiles as it did last week when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed that the next-generation...

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3-D Without the Glasses

Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has designed a lens that presents different images to a viewer's left and right eye, which could make it possible to watch three...

Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers
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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Duke University scientists have developed a method to make large quantities of copper nanowires, which could be used to create bendable, foldable tablet computers...

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Python Language Upgrade Slithers Toward Final Release

Developers of Python 2.7 offered a release candidate for the last upgrade in the legacy 2.x dynamic language line earlier in June, and plan to make a finished version...

Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect
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Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect

After more than a year of speculation, we finally know what Microsoft's new motion-control system is called. For those that have referred to it for a year as Project...
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