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Graphene Shows Promise For Future Ic Interconnects
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Graphene Shows Promise For Future Ic Interconnects

The unique properties of thin layers of graphite — known as graphene — make the material attractive for a wide range of potential electronic devices. Researchers...

When Employers Become Watchers
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When Employers Become Watchers

Imagine if today at work you were watched for every single minute. Not just when you arrived and left, or when you went for your lunch. But every task, every conversation...

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At Stanford, Research Surpasses Investments as Top Revenue Source

Stanford University's scientific research income has surpassed its multibillion-dollar endowment and other investments, making scientific research the school's...

Scientists Recreate Bach's Forgotten Horn
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Scientists Recreate Bach's Forgotten Horn

Computer modeling software originally developed by a University of Edinburgh Ph.D. student to optimize the design of modern brass instruments has been used to recreate...

Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine
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Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine

Scientists from the Institute of Spectroscopy at the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a method of nanofabrication that uses an atom pinhole camera to...

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French Physicists Claim Breakthrough in ­ltra-Fast Data Access

Superfast lasers could potentially be used to make storage and retrieval of data on hard disks up to 100,000 times faster, according to French physicists. A team...

Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor
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Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor

Electronic memory chips may soon gain the ability to bend and twist as a result of work by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...

Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques
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Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a 1,100-square-foot simulated data center to optimize cooling strategies and develop new heat transfer...

Hi-Tech Clothes to Help Elderly
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Hi-Tech Clothes to Help Elderly

Researchers in the University of Ulster's New Dynamics of Ageing Program are exploring the use of technology-enhanced clothing to improve the lives of older citizens...

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NIST Delivers ­pdated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently provided the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) with a draft revision to the 2005 U.S. federal...

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Towards the Ultimate Transistor

In 1974 Ari Aviram and Mark Ratner from the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York suggested using molecules themselves as electronic components. In the...

Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids
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Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids

Cornell University computer science researchers have developed new algorithms to simulate the sounds of water to correspond with images. Cornell professor Doug...

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Department Tackles Visa Delay for Researchers

The U.S. State Department has added workers and developed new procedures in an attempt to speed up the visa process for foreign graduate students and post-doctoral...

Dr. Telle Whitney Receives Eda Achievement Award
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Dr. Telle Whitney Receives Eda Achievement Award

Dr. Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, is the recipient of the Tenth Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA)...

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Black Hole Simulation Wins First Prize at International Competition

A team from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) won the top prize at the recent SCALE 2009 challenge. The grid-computing...

Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians
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Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians

Using phone cameras, scientists can one day hunt for Martian life, by looking for organic matter that could indicate life. According to a report in New Scientist...

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Alliance Formed to Push Development and Adoption of Open Source in Asia

Ten Open Source Software Centers and related promotion organizations in Asian countries and regions today announced the formation of Asian Open Source Software...

System Finds Safe, Efficient Routes for Dangerous Goods
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System Finds Safe, Efficient Routes for Dangerous Goods

A new routing and monitoring system developed by European researchers for trucks carrying dangerous goods promises to make Europe’s roads safer while saving haulers...

Google's Global Policy Head Said to Join Obama Administration
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Google's Global Policy Head Said to Join Obama Administration

Andrew McLaughlin is leaving his post as head of Google's global public policy division to become deputy technology officer for the Obama administration. McLaughlin...

Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere
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Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere

A U.C. Berkeley report shows that most Internet users don't understand Web site privacy policies, and that major online businesses like Google Inc. freely gather...
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