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Type Theory Comes of Age
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Type Theory Comes of Age

Type systems are moving beyond the realm of data structure and into more complex domains like security and networking.

New Life For Magnetic Tape
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New Life For Magnetic Tape

Music lovers may have long forsaken them, but magnetic tapes still reign supreme when it comes to storing vast amounts of digital data. And new research from IBM...

Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing
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Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing

It's a laser, but not as we know it. For a start, you need a microscope to see it. Gleaming eerily green, a "spaser" is a single spherical particle just a few tens...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

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Grid Computing and the Future of Cloud Computing

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the idea of grid computing, a type of distributed computing that harnesses the power of many computers to handle large computational...

Watching Crystals Grow May Lead to Faster Electronic Devices
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Watching Crystals Grow May Lead to Faster Electronic Devices

The quest for faster electronic devices recently got something more than a little bump up in technological knowhow. Scientists at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)...

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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

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Cmu, Intel Collaborate to Improve Energy Costs and Efficiency in Chip Making

Researchers at Intel and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a new class of materials called solder magnetic nanocomposites, which could help streamline...

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Google Patents Mapreduce

Google has received a patent for the technique known as MapReduce. The patent, number 7,650,331, applied for in 2004, is entitled "System and method for efficient...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

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Nanostructures Hold Promise as Fast Switches for Resistive RAM

Building microscopic materials known as superlattices on the surface of gold may lead to a treasure for researchers interested in faster, smaller, and more energy...

Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created
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Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created

A team of international researchers is developing a new way of building computing machinery inspired by chemical processes in living systems. The project, led...

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
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Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

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Aussie Quantum Experiment Challenges Einstein, Computer Science

University of Queensland (UQ) and Harvard University researchers have completed an experiment that could have massive ramifications for science through the application...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab
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$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab

The University of Maryland has been awarded $10.3 million in stimulus funds by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to build an advanced quantum science...

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Bringing Color to E-Readers

One of the hot topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is color e-readers, with several companies showcasing new products. While E-Ink has...

Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360
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Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360

When Nintendo's Wii game console debuted in November 2006, its motion-sensing handheld "Wiimotes" got players off the couch and onto their feet. Now Microsoft...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...
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