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Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles
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Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles

Chemical computers can solve certain problems in computational geometry, according to University of West England professor Andrew Adamatzky and colleagues.

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Garbage-Sorting Robot Gets Its Hands Dirty

Robots could fill the role of sorting through and categorizing discarded material from construction and demolition projects for recyclers as a result of the efforts...

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First Silicon Entanglement Will Aid Quantum Computing

The state of entanglement has been created in silicon for the first time. The feat could lead to quantum computers made like ordinary computer chips.

Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, For First Time
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Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, For First Time

A computer has beaten a human at shogi, otherwise known as Japanese chess, for the first time. Shogi is more complex than western chess, offering about 10224...

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Breaking the Noise Barrier: Enter the Phonon Computer

Noise is a chip designer's worst enemy. But handled properly it could become a powerful ally—and usher in the age of phonon computing.

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Steampunk Chip Takes the Heat

Steampunk, the reimagining of modern day technology through a Victorian perspective, has found an unlikely follower in the US Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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Flawed Proof ­shers In Era of Wikimath

His prospects of answering one of the biggest questions in mathematics may be fading, but Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, may...

Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes
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Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes

Fast quantum computers made of atoms trapped by beams of light could be a step closer, thanks to the first images of the individual atoms in such a grid.

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P ? Np? It's Bad News For the Power of Computing

Has the biggest question in computer science been solved? On 6 August, Vinay Deolalikar, a mathematician at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, sentdraft...

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Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission...

Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing
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Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing

Boston University researchers have created a nanoscale mechanical logic gate that could form the basis of tiny mechanical computers, descendants of Babbage's mechanical...

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Cellphone Traces Reveal You're So Predictable

We may all like to consider ourselves free spirits. But a study of the traces left by 50,000 cellphone users over three months has conclusively proved otherwise...

­.s. Networks and Power Grid ­nder (mock) Cyber-Attack
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­.s. Networks and Power Grid ­nder (mock) Cyber-Attack

Unknown hackers have taken out U.S. cellphone networks in an ongoing cyber-attack that will soon knock out parts of the nation's electricity grid – say the officials...

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Organic Crystals Promise Low-Power Green Computing

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have discovered ferroelectric behavior in crystalline croconic acid, which...

Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms
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Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms

A SWARM of "smart dust" spacecraft, positioned at a sweet spot between the Earth and the sun, could alert us to the approach of dangerous space storms well before...

Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams
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Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams

LET'S face it: power cables are unsightly dust-traps. PCs, TVs and music players are becoming slicker every year, but the nest of vipers in the corner of everyAn...

Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing
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Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing

It's a laser, but not as we know it. For a start, you need a microscope to see it. Gleaming eerily green, a "spaser" is a single spherical particle just a few tens...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

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Microsoft's Body-Sensing, Button-Busting Controller

A LONG-lived videogaming skill could be on the way out this year as Microsoft hones an add-on to its Xbox 360 console aimed at making button-studded games controllers...

Learning to Love to Hate Robots
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Learning to Love to Hate Robots

Several studies have recently been conducted to determine how humans and robots interact and how to improve the human-robot relationship. For example, a Carnegie...
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