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'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing
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'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing

In an advance that sounds almost Zen, researchers at NIST and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have demonstrated a new...

Aiming to Boost Performance, Researchers Capture Images of Sub-Nano Pore Structures
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Aiming to Boost Performance, Researchers Capture Images of Sub-Nano Pore Structures

Scientists have imaged pore structures in insulation material at sub-nanometer scale for the first time. Understanding these structures could substantially enhance...

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Mobile Chips Threaten High-Performance Manufacturers

At the end of 2009, Intel was shipping about 80 percent of all x86 processors--the type of chip that powers, for example, Windows-based personal computers. AMD...

Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them
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Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them

The "invisibility cloaks" being made in labs today can hide objects when viewed from a wide range of directions and in visible light--both considered implausible...

Hp Researcher Predicts Memory-Centric Processors
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Hp Researcher Predicts Memory-Centric Processors

HP researchers are studying ways to make memristor processors the centerpiece of future server designs.  "Re-thinking the balance of computer, storage, and communications...

Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised
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Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised

University of California, Merced researchers have created a part-human, part-machine device that features a nano-sized transistor embedded in a cell-like membrane...

Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers
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Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have developed DNA-based logic gates that could carry out calculations inside the body and may lead to injectable biocomputers...

Glimpse of Heavy Electrons Reveals 'hidden Order'
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Glimpse of Heavy Electrons Reveals 'hidden Order'

Unconventional use of a well-known scientific instrument has helped scientists unravel a 25-year-old physics mystery and reveal a "hidden order" of the electronic...

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Scaling Goes Extreme

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers are developing software that is capable of describing the behavior of molecules in excited states, as well as...

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Outstanding in Their Field Effect

Rice University researchers have developed thin films of nanotubes made with ink-jet printers that offer a new way to make field-effect transistors (FETs). 

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Fujitsu Supercomputer Achieves World Record in Computational Quantum Chemistry

Researchers in Japan used Fujitsu's T2K Open Supercomputer to successfully compute with high precision an optimization problem to reveal the molecular behavior...

Robin Milner: The Elegant Pragmatist
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Robin Milner: The Elegant Pragmatist

Remembering a rich legacy in verification, languages, and concurrency.

Beyond the Smart Grid
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Beyond the Smart Grid

The electrical grid isn't the only utility acquiring intelligence, as water and gas meters throughout the U...

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Major Step Ahead For Cryptography

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Katholieke University have developed a new system for encrypted data computing that they say could have a broad impact...

Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power
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Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power

Silicon chips that are allowed to make mistakes could help ensure computers continue to get more powerful, say US researchers.

Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics
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Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics

Stanford University researchers have developed an onboard power source for paper transistors and paper displays.

Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps
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Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps

Georgia Tech Research Institute is designing, fabricating and testing planar ion traps that can be more readily combined into large, interconnected trap arrays....

Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs
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Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs

A working transistor that contains only seven atoms has been built by a team in Australia. The researchers, led by University of New South Wales professor Michelle...

DARPA
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DARPA

Software systems could one day analyze everything from blurry war-zone footage to the subtle sarcasm in a written paragraph, thanks to two unassuming scientists...

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Google and Vmware Wed at the App Engine

Google has formed an intriguing partnership with VMware, as the company looks to build out its online business software services for companies.
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