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Commercial Quantum Cryptography System Hacked
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Commercial Quantum Cryptography System Hacked

Physicists have mounted the first successful attack of its kind on a commercial quantum cryptography system.

Hp Researchers Say Manure Could Help Power Data Centers
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Hp Researchers Say Manure Could Help Power Data Centers

Hewlett-Packard researchers have proposed a biogas recovery system that converts livestock waste into methane, which can be used as fuel to generate electricity...

Software that Learns By Watching
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Software that Learns By Watching

Overworked and much in demand, IT support staff can't be in two places at once. But software designed to watch and learn as they carry out common tasks could soon...

Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology
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Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a nanotech "microlens" that uses gold to boost the strength of infrared imaging and could lead...

Machines That Learn Better
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Machines That Learn Better

New mathematics will make it much easier to build machine-learning systems that tackle a wider range of problems.

Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages
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Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages

UCLA researchers have developed a type of quantum cryptography, which guarantees that only a person at a certain location can read an encrypted message. 

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Nanotube Transistor Will Help US Bond With Machines

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a transistor, which they say could be a step toward making prosthetic devices that can be wired...

They Walk. They Work. New Dna Robots Strut Their Tiny Stuff.
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They Walk. They Work. New Dna Robots Strut Their Tiny Stuff.

For the first time, microscopic robots made from DNA molecules can walk, follow instructions and work together to assemble simple products on an atomic-scale assembly...

Molecular Robots On the Rise
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Molecular Robots On the Rise

Researchers have created and programmed robots the size of single molecule that can move independently across a nanoscale track. This development marks an important...

Dna Could Be Backbone of Next Generation Logic Circuits
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Dna Could Be Backbone of Next Generation Logic Circuits

Duke University professor Chris Dwyer has mixed customized parts of DNA and other molecules to produce tiny, waffle-like structures that can be used as building...

Bat Studies to Aid Roving Robots
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Bat Studies to Aid Roving Robots

Researchers at the University of Southampton, Leeds University, and the University of Strathclyde are studying the use of ultrasonic transducers that can be used...

Lining Up 'nanodot' Memory
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Lining Up 'nanodot' Memory

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a method for growing magnetic nanoparticles that could lead to much more dense computer memory devices...

Hot New Material Can Keep Electronics Cool
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Hot New Material Can Keep Electronics Cool

University of California, Riverside researchers led by professor Alexander Balandin have developed technology that could keep laptops and other electronics from...

Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing
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Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing

Physicists at McGill University have developed a system for measuring the energy involved in adding electrons to semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum...

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New Research Could Push Hard Drives Into the Multi-Terabytes

A new Ars Technica research paper in Nature Photonics implies that hard drives with terabytes-per-square-inch areal densities may soon emerge—and with them, a...

Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?
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Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?

Researchers have developed a way to use water to transfer layers from one surface to another by exploiting the fact that different materials have different hydrophilicity...

What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?
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What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?

Astro-Technology SOHLA, a small cooperative of companies in Osaka, Japan, wants to put an autonomous humanoid robot on the moon. 

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Nanodots Breakthrough May Lead to 'A Library on One Chip'

North Carolina State University's Jay Narayan led a research effort to create a computer chip that has enough memory to store all the information in a library. 

Self-Powered Flexible Electronics
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Self-Powered Flexible Electronics

Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung researchers have developed a way to capture the piezoelectric power generated when a touchscreen flexes under a user's touch...

Nist 'dimmer Switch' Set For Superconducting Quantum Computing
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Nist 'dimmer Switch' Set For Superconducting Quantum Computing

NIST has developed the first "dimmer switch" for a superconducting circuit linking a quantum bit and a quantum bus. The switch could speed up development of a practical...
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