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Synthetic Dna Could Revolutionize Information Processing
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Synthetic Dna Could Revolutionize Information Processing

A synthetic form of DNA developed by University of Reading chemists has the potential to revolutionize the way digital information is processed and stored. 

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Flash! Supercomputing Goes Solid-State

A prototype system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Hyperion Data Intensive Testbed uses more than 100 terabytes of flash memory to demonstrate how flash...

A Marriage of Origami and Robotics
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A Marriage of Origami and Robotics

Researchers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are learning to reshape the landscape of programmable matter by devising self-folding sheets...

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Researchers Analyze the Future of Transistor-Less Magnonic Logic Circuits

The emerging field of magnonics is attracting researchers because of its possible role in the development of transistorless logic circuits, and researchers are...

Silicon Chips to Enter World of High Speed Optical Processing
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Silicon Chips to Enter World of High Speed Optical Processing

University of Sydney physicists have developed an on-chip, all-optical temporal integrator on a complementary metal oxide semiconductor, a development that eventually...

Sharing Computational Perspectives
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Sharing Computational Perspectives

Computer scientists are now making intellectual contributions to a wide range of other disciplines, including evolutionary theory, physics, and economics.

Researchers Develop New Method For Mass-Producing Graphene
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Researchers Develop New Method For Mass-Producing Graphene

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a simple new method for producing large quantities of the promising nanomaterial graphene. The new...

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Liquid Crystals Light Way to Better Data Storage

As cell phones and computers continue to shrink, many companies are seeking better ways to store hundreds of gigabytes of data in small, low-power devices. A...

Flexible Touch Screen Made With Printed Graphene
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Flexible Touch Screen Made With Printed Graphene

Researchers at Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University have developed a graphene-based flexible touch screen that eventually could lead to transparent electronics. 

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Diamond-Like Material Shows Superhard, Superconducting Potential

BC5, a diamond-like material with an extremely high boron content, offers exceptional hardness and resistance to fracture, but unlike diamond, it is a superconductor...

Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics
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Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have applied the concept of self-healing materials to small-scale electronics. 

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Researchers Develop Ultra-Simple Method for Creating Nanoscale Gold Coatings

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an ultra-simple method for making layers of gold that measure only billionths of a meter thick,...

How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize
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How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize

Imagine trying to program a virtual machine--a software instance that mimics all the characteristics of a physical computer--on a device with 2 kilobytes of RAM...

Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer
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Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer

An international team of researchers has overcome a key stumbling block by using metal crystal to order the molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially...

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage
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Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage

A new magnetic recording medium made up of tiny nanospheres has been devised by European researchers. The technology may lead to hard disks able to store more than...

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Imec Ramps Resistive Ram Research

Increasingly diverse applications that influence specifications and device requirements will prevent resistive RAMs from leading to a single "universal" memory,...

Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers
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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Duke University scientists have developed a method to make large quantities of copper nanowires, which could be used to create bendable, foldable tablet computers...

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Stretching Single Molecules Allows Precision Studies of Interacting Electrons

With controlled stretching of molecules, Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science...

Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry
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Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry

Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene.

Walls Falling Faster for Solid-State Memory
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Walls Falling Faster for Solid-State Memory

Researchers have found that flaws in the structure of magnetic nanoscale wires play an important role in determining the operating speed of novel devices using...
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