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Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab
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Building The Next Big Thing: 25 Years of Mit's Media Lab

MIT’s Media Lab recently hosted a series of talks to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Anyone who has paid attention to technology news over that period has undoubtedly...

Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors
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Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors

A new type of device could ultimately hold more data than flash memory.

Beno
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Beno

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician who developed an innovative theory of roughness and applied it to physics, biology, finance and many other fields...

Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine
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Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine

A U.K. campaign to build a truck-sized, prototype computer first envisaged in 1837 is gathering steam.

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Nist Converts the Color of Single Photons Emitted By Quantum Dots

Researchers at NIST have demonstrated for the first time the conversion of single photons produced by a true quantum source to a near-visible wavelength, which...

Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
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Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips

Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics.

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Multifunctional Smart Sensors and High-Power Devices on a Computer Chip

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a process for integrating gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon to create a hybrid computer chip. This...

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China Poised to Lead World in Patent Filings

Having passed Germany (exports), Japan (gross domestic product) and the United States (auto sales) over the past year, China is now poised to lead the world in...

Futuristic Computing Designs Inside Beetle Scales
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Futuristic Computing Designs Inside Beetle Scales

Brigham Young University researchers are studying beetle scales to develop designs for future optical computers. 

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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.

Aiming to Learn As We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself
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Aiming to Learn As We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself

Give a computer a task that can be crisply defined—win at chess, predict the weather—and the machine bests humans nearly every time. Yet when problems are nuanced...

Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?
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Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?

A new effort to ensure that the government can gain back-door access to encrypted messages could thwart one of the most promising applications of physics for...

Breakthrough in Quantum Computing
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Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

A team led by engineers and physicists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has developed a single electron reader to measure the spin of an electron in...

Physicists Break Color Barrier For Sending, Receiving Photons
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Physicists Break Color Barrier For Sending, Receiving Photons

University of Oregon scientists have invented a method to change the color of single photons in a fiber optic cable. The feat could be a quantum step forward for...

Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale
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Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale

Scanning 1,200 brains could help researchers chart the organ's fine structure and better understand neurological disorders.

Should Code Be Released?
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Should Code Be Released?

Software code can provide important insights into the results of research, but it's up to individual scientists whether their code is released---and many opt not...

Linear Logic
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Linear Logic

A novel approach to computational logic is reaching maturity, opening up opening up new vistas in programming languages, proof nets, and security applications.

Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'
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Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'

While refining their novel method for making nanoscale wires, chemists at NIST discovered an unexpected bonus—a new way to create nanowires that produce light similar...

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Semiconductor Could Turn Heat Into Computing Power

Computers might one day recycle part of their own waste heat, using a material being studied by researchers at Ohio State University.

Quantum Data Converted to Telecom Wavelengths
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Quantum Data Converted to Telecom Wavelengths

Using optically dense, ultra-cold clouds of rubidium atoms, researchers at Georgia Tech have made advances in three key elements needed for quantum information...
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