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PARC, Which Laid Foundation for PC Revolution, Turns 40

PARC—the Xerox-backed research institution that laid the foundation for the personal computing revolution—is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the fabled...

New Wave: Spin Soliton Could Be a Hit in Cell Phone Communication
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New Wave: Spin Soliton Could Be a Hit in Cell Phone Communication

NIST researchers say they have discovered a new way to generate the high-frequency waves used in modern communication devices, which could lead to the development...

NASA's LRO Exposes Moon's Complex, Turbulent Youth
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NASA's LRO Exposes Moon's Complex, Turbulent Youth

The moon was bombarded by two distinct populations of asteroids or comets in its youth, and its surface is more complex than previously thought, according to...

New Approach to Quantum Computing Devised in the U.K.
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New Approach to Quantum Computing Devised in the U.K.

A team of expert led by physicists from the University of Bristol announced the development of a new approach to conducting quantum computing. The team believes...

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Pi record Smashed As Team Finds Two-Quadrillionth Digit

A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi—and a few digits either side of it.

Intel Will Teach Gadgets to Learn About You
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Intel Will Teach Gadgets to Learn About You

Rather than teach your gadgets what to do, Intel researchers say that in the not-too-distant future they will learn about you on their own. That means where you...

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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...

Can You Find Me Now?
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Can You Find Me Now?

By demonstrating fundamental limits on their accuracy, MIT researchers show how to improve wireless location-detection systems.

Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control
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Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control

Artificial intelligence improves a wheelchair system that could give paralyzed people greater mobility.

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Researchers in Asian Countries Raise Their Scientific Profiles Worldwide

While researchers at universities and institutes in many Western countries fret about budget pressures, scientists in many Asian nations are translating huge...

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Crowdsourcing Peer Review

It is the greatest question in computer science. A negative answer would likely give a fundamentally deeper understanding of the nature of computation. And a...

'Slow Light' on a Chip Holds Promise for Optical Communications
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'Slow Light' on a Chip Holds Promise for Optical Communications

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Brigham Young University have developed an optical device that has the slowest-ever light propagation...

The Human Process Behind Google's Algorithm
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The Human Process Behind Google's Algorithm

Google is famous for evangelizing the power of the algorithm. It spends less time talking about the several hundred human beings who influence its algorithm.

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To Win Over Users, Gadgets Have to Be Touchable

Whoever said technology was dehumanizing was wrong. On screens everywhere—cellphones, e-readers, A.T.M.’s—as Diana Ross sang, we just want to reach out and touch...

DARPA
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DARPA

Tomorrow’s WikiLeakers may have to be sneakier than just dumping military docs onto a Lady Gaga disc. The futurists at Darpa are working on a project that would...

Nano Switches that Store More Data Head to Market
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Nano Switches that Store More Data Head to Market

An electronic component that offers a new way to squeeze more data into computers and portable gadgets is set to go into production in just a couple of years.

Wonder Conductors Will Spin ­p Cooler Computers
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Wonder Conductors Will Spin ­p Cooler Computers

Newly discovered materials called topological insulators could clear the way for blisteringly fast laptops and smartphones that don't warm your lap or singe your...

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Advances Offer Path to Shrink Computer Chip

Scientists at Rice University and Hewlett-Packard are reporting this week that they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization...

Prediction of Intrinsic Magnetism at Silicon Surfaces Could Lead to Single-Spin Magnetoelectronics
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Prediction of Intrinsic Magnetism at Silicon Surfaces Could Lead to Single-Spin Magnetoelectronics

Physicists at the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison predict that a family of well-known silicon surfaces, stabilized by chains of...

Nsf Announces Future Internet Architecture Awards
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Nsf Announces Future Internet Architecture Awards

Four basic research projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation will explore different aspects of network architecture to foster new ideas and innovations...
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