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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...

When Will We Be Able to Build Brains Like Ours?
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When Will We Be Able to Build Brains Like Ours?

When physicists puzzle out the workings of some new part of nature, that knowledge can be used to build devices that do amazing things--airplanes that fly, radios...

Computing, Sudoku-Style
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Computing, Sudoku-Style

Though still in its infancy, the work of Alexey Radul as a postdoc at MIT could someday have consequences for artificial-intelligence research, parallel computing...

Modeling Human Mobility
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Modeling Human Mobility

Increasingly, cell phones are equipped with GPS locational receivers and their bread crumb trails are opening up entirely new ways to study and predict the dynamics...

Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer
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Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer

They can't wait to do computational chemistry at a quadrillion calculations per second. Petascale computing will give three researchers at Iowa State University...

Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center
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Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center

If you're a materials scientist at NASA's Glenn Research Center, or an engineer at the Johnson or Marshall Space Centers studying Space Shuttle flow-control valves...

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Researchers Develop New Brain-Like Molecular Processor

An international research team from Japan and Michigan Technological University have demonstrated a molecular circuit that can evolve continuously to solve complex...

Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane
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Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane

Toshiba researchers have developed a quantum cryptography system they say is fast enough to encrypt a video transmission. 

Schrodinger's Cash: Minting Quantum Money
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Schrodinger's Cash: Minting Quantum Money

MIT researcher Scott Aaronson has brought quantum money a step closer to reality by outlining a computationally secure quantum money scheme founded on the type...

IBM Creates 1:5 Billion Scale Model of the Matterhorn
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IBM Creates 1:5 Billion Scale Model of the Matterhorn

IBM researchers have demonstrated a patterning technique capable of creating structures as small as 15 nanometers, and say the technology is a simpler and less...

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Mit Researchers Boost Efficiency of Wireless Power

Wireless power transmission systems become increasingly efficient as more devices are being powered, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing
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Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing

This year, Netflix made what looked like a peculiar choice: the DVD-by-mail company decided that over the next two years, it would move most of its Web technology...

The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge
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The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge

Sandy Bridge is arguably Intel's most important future technology. So, what is it exactly? Intel has been careful to reveal only snippets about the technology over...

Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency
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Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency

NIST scientists have developed the world's most efficient single photon detector, which could bring improvements to secure electronic communication, advanced quantum...

Cat Brain: A Step Toward the Electronic Equivalent
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Cat Brain: A Step Toward the Electronic Equivalent

A cat can recognize a face faster and more efficiently than a supercomputer. That's one reason a feline brain is the model for a biologically-inspired computer...

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Pentagon Turns to 'softer' Sciences

By highlighting the limits of traditional military technology, the drawn-out conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have spurred the U.S. defense department to shake...

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Random

Researchers have devised and demonstrated the first random-number generator in which the numbers are certified random by the laws of quantum mechanics.
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