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New IBM Architecture Doubles Analytics Processing Speed

IBM recently revealed details about a new storage architecture design that it says can double analytics processing speed. IBM says the architecture can convert...

With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties
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With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties

When Oliver Kreylos, a computer scientist, heard about the capabilities of Microsoft's new Kinect gaming device, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on it. "I dropped...

World's First Ice Touchscreen Virtually Burns
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World's First Ice Touchscreen Virtually Burns

Nokia researchers have built a computer touchscreen using a block of ice. The researchers say the screen is a step toward a world in which all sorts of surfaces...

Silicon's Long Good-Bye
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Silicon's Long Good-Bye

Researchers make transistors out of a material that's better than silicon.

Code Clues Point to Stuxnet Maker
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Code Clues Point to Stuxnet Maker

Detailed analysis of the code in the Stuxnet worm has narrowed the list of suspects who could have created it.

Where Cinema and Biology Meet
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Where Cinema and Biology Meet

When Robert A. Lue considers the "Star Wars" Death Star, his first thought is not of outer space, but inner space.

Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue
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Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue

Data centers, under greater demand than ever, are looking to low-power chips as a way to save money, but switching won't be easy.

Racetrack Memory
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Racetrack Memory

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne professor Mathias Klaui is working on a racetrack memory technology that could be 100,000 times faster and consume less...

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Ice and a Slice Makes Transistors More Precise

Transistors can be built more precisely by using ice as a mask, according to researchers at Harvard University. The ice lithography process resembles how computer...

All Optical Transistor
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All Optical Transistor

Researchers at EPFL have built a device that acts like an optical transistor. The device uses an optical microresonator to trap light in a tiny glass structure...

Improved Simulations May Help Harness Electrical Power From Sea Water
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Improved Simulations May Help Harness Electrical Power From Sea Water

A new X-ray imaging capability has taken pictures of a critical instability at the heart of Sandia's huge Z accelerator. The effort may improve computer simulations...

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New Class of Malware Attacks Specific Chips

Computer scientists reveal malware that attacks specific processors rather than the operating system that runs on them.

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Quantum Computers a Step Closer to Reality Thanks to New Finding

Quantum computers could have a much higher threshold for error than previously thought. New research reveals that a quantum computer could still be made to work...

Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power
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Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

In 1981 the physicist Richard Feynman speculated about the possibility of "tiny computers obeying quantum mechanical laws." He suggested that such a quantum computer...

Money For Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House
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Money For Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House

Federal financing of science research, which has risen quickly since the Obama administration came to power, could fall back to pre-Obama levels if the incoming...

Computer Scientists Make Progress on Math Puzzle
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Computer Scientists Make Progress on Math Puzzle

University of Texas at Dallas professors Linda Morales and Hal Sudborough have made progress on the Topswops mathematical puzzle. Stanford University computer...

Programming Crowds
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Programming Crowds

With the Web, people worldwide can work on distributed tasks. But getting reliable results requires algorithms that specify workflow between people, not transistors...

Darpa: Fuse Nerves With Robot Limbs, Make Prosthetics Feel Real
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Darpa: Fuse Nerves With Robot Limbs, Make Prosthetics Feel Real

Controlling robotic limbs with your brain is just step one. The Pentagon eventually wants artificial arms and legs to feel and perform just the same as naturally...

Teen Sailor Meets Nasa Team That Helped Save Her Life
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Teen Sailor Meets Nasa Team That Helped Save Her Life

It has been almost six months since 16-year-old Abby Sunderland’s 40-foot vessel, Wild Eyes, was damaged in a storm, leaving her stranded in the middle of the...

Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis
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Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis

Scientists are reporting progress in their efforts to channel brain waves to power mechanical devices, a development that could someday help paralyzed people...
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