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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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Physicists Build Basic Quantum Computing Circuit

Exerting delicate control over a pair of atoms within a mere seven-millionths-of-a-second window of opportunity, physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

Tracking Garbage
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Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Engineering the Web's Third Decade
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Engineering the Web's Third Decade

As Web technologies move beyond two-way interactive capabilities to facilitate more dynamic and pervasive experiences, the Web is quickly advancing toward its third...

CS and Biology's Growing Pains
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CS and Biology's Growing Pains

Biologists can benefit from learning and using the tools of computer science, but several real-world obstacles remain.

Photonic Material May Facilitate All-Optical Switching
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Photonic Material May Facilitate All-Optical Switching

A class of molecules whose size, structure and chemical composition have been optimized for photonic use could provide the demanding combination of properties needed...

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Is That a 'black Box' in Your Car?

Just a few miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, a Chevy Tahoe barreled its way through a residential neighborhood on a Sunday evening. The driver lost...

For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
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For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones

The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion. The plants typically take years to build. And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires...

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
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What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

Searching For Saddam
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Searching For Saddam

Traffic had slowed to a crawl in Baghdad's Azamiyah district as drivers stopped to ogle the president. It was April 2003, and Saddam Hussein cheerily greeted his...

Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display
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Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display

Mechanical fireflies could help create a new kind of 3-D display, say researchers at MIT. Standing in for the bioluminescent beetles will be LED-fitted, remotely...

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Internet Making Our Brains Different, Not Dumb

A decade from now, Google won't make us "stupid," the Internet may make us more literate in a different kind of way, and efforts to protect individual anonymity...

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Cellphone Traces Reveal You're So Predictable

We may all like to consider ourselves free spirits. But a study of the traces left by 50,000 cellphone users over three months has conclusively proved otherwise...
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