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After Patent on Genes Is Invalidated, Taking Stock

Many biotechnology stocks fell on Tuesday as investors struggled to understand the impact of a ruling that threw out parts of two gene patents and called into question...

Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing
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Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing

Boston University researchers have created a nanoscale mechanical logic gate that could form the basis of tiny mechanical computers, descendants of Babbage's mechanical...

Paintable Electronics? Nist Studies Spray-On Manufacturing of Transistors
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Paintable Electronics? Nist Studies Spray-On Manufacturing of Transistors

A multidisciplinary research team at NIST has found that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area electronics, such as solar cells...

Nist Racetrack Ion Trap Is a Contender in Quantum Computing Quest
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Nist Racetrack Ion Trap Is a Contender in Quantum Computing Quest

Physicists at NIST have built and tested a device for trapping ions that potentially could process dozens at once with the most versatile control of any trap demonstrated...

A Tiny Defect That May Create Smaller, Faster Electronics
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A Tiny Defect That May Create Smaller, Faster Electronics

Researchers at the University of South Florida have developed a technique to turn defects in graphene into tiny metallic wires.

The Sheer Delight of Tackling Shear Stress
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The Sheer Delight of Tackling Shear Stress

NASA's commitment to provide aeronautical research opportunities to U.S. universities has led to another success, this time through an inventive student who earned...

Intel Prototypes Low-Power Circuits
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Intel Prototypes Low-Power Circuits

The smaller a silicon transistor becomes, the more electrons it leaks. That can mean unreliable, battery-draining chips. Researchers at Intel have come up with...

Quantum Physics Leaps Into The Visible World
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Quantum Physics Leaps Into The Visible World

Scientists in California have done something astounding. They've shown that physical laws thought only to rule in the mysterious realm of atoms and electrons can...

Electronics 'Missing Link' Brings Neural Computing Closer
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Electronics 'Missing Link' Brings Neural Computing Closer

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Assistant Professor Wei Lu is leading a research effort to make brain-like computers using memristors. 

Expert: Bracket Seedings Irrelevant After Sweet Sixteen Round
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Expert: Bracket Seedings Irrelevant After Sweet Sixteen Round

University of Illinois computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson recently completed a study on the NCAA's men basketball tournament showing that picking the higher...

Amputees Could Get a Helping Hand in the Virtual World
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Amputees Could Get a Helping Hand in the Virtual World

What is the best way to for someone to get used to their artificial limb? Put them in a virtual environment. So says Anthony Steed, a computer scientist at University...

How to Build a Superluminal Computer
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How to Build a Superluminal Computer

Vienna University of Technology physicists Volkmar Putz and Karl Svozil have devised a way to process information that exceeds the speed of light. 

Institute Says It Can Mass-Produce Graphene
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Institute Says It Can Mass-Produce Graphene

Scientists have leaped over a major hurdle in efforts to begin commercial production of graphene, a form of carbon that could rival silicon in its potential for...

Nsf Selects Theoretical Computer Scientist For its Highest Honor
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Nsf Selects Theoretical Computer Scientist For its Highest Honor

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Tuesday (March 9) the selection of New York University's Subhash Khot, an associate professor at the Courant Institute...

Quantum Dots Could Lead to Faster Computers
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Quantum Dots Could Lead to Faster Computers

An international team of scientists has developed a new type of semiconductor that could lead to faster and more efficient computers.The new research centers on...

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For Smaller Chips, Borrow 18th-Century Tricks

A new take on a centuries-old printing technique could shrink silicon chips and lead to advances in ultra-high-density computer storage. Computer chips are made...

Magnetic Solder to Wire 3-D Chips
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Magnetic Solder to Wire 3-D Chips

A new type of solder can be melted and shaped in three dimensions under the force of a weak magnetic field. Using a magnet to pull the solder up through narrow...

New Frontiers: The Nanoscience/neuroscience Intersection
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New Frontiers: The Nanoscience/neuroscience Intersection

Is it possible to build supercomputers that can replicate the human brain, or to develop nanotechnology that can lead to an implantable chip for interfacing with...

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Internet's Future on Display at Singularity U.

The Internet of the future is an intelligent network capable of proactively acting on our needs, following us wherever we go, helping provide us with focused health...

Tomorrow's Forecast: Clear With a Chance of Tremors
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Tomorrow's Forecast: Clear With a Chance of Tremors

The goal of the Southern California Earthquake Center's CyberShake project is to accurately predict earthquake activity for the next 50 years. The CyberShake predictions...
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