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Nanomagnetic Computers Are the ­ltimate in Efficiency
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Nanomagnetic Computers Are the ­ltimate in Efficiency

Computers that run on chips made from tiny magnets may be as energy-efficient as physics permits.

IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud
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IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud

Say IBM—and you probably still think of computers. But today, the firm that was once all about hardware, makes its living from more intangible technology.

Streamlined Rules For Robots
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Streamlined Rules For Robots

With the explosion of the Internet and the commoditization of autonomous robots (such as the Roomba) and small sensors (such as the ones in most cell phones),...

Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge
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Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge

Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with...

Nist Contests in China Put Next-Gen Robot Technologies to the Test
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Nist Contests in China Put Next-Gen Robot Technologies to the Test

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology recently hosted three of the four robotics competitions at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics...

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Microsoft Research Virtualizes Idle Desktops to Save Power

Microsoft Research India scientists have developed LiteGreen, power-saving technology that can virtualize enterprise desktops in a virtual machine and migrate them...

Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions
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Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions

Air France Flight 447 stalled high over the Atlantic Ocean and plunged into the sea even as the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the nose up—a reaction opposite...

Long Live the Qubit!
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Long Live the Qubit!

A quantum computer is a device—still largely theoretical—that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit...

Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns
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Tapping Quantum Effects For Software that Learns

In a bid to enable computers to learn faster, defense company Lockheed Martin has bought a system that uses quantum mechanics to process digital data.

Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life
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Code-Cracking Machine Returned to Life

The National Museum of Computing has finished restoring a Tunny machine—a key part of Allied code-cracking during World War II.

Unlimited Possibilities
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Unlimited Possibilities

M. Frans Kaashoek discusses systems work, "undo computing," and what he learned from Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

Biology-Inspired Networking
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Biology-Inspired Networking

Researchers have developed a new networking algorithm, modeled after the neurological development of the fruit fly, to help distributed networks self-organize more...

Homemade Cyberweapon Worries Federal Officials
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Homemade Cyberweapon Worries Federal Officials

Security researchers Dillon Beresford and Brian Meixell recently developed a cyberweapon similar to the Stuxnet computer worm that disrupted Iran's nuclear program...

Open Source Hardware: Seven Questions For Limor Fried
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Open Source Hardware: Seven Questions For Limor Fried

Limor Fried discusses the future of the open source hardware movement, Facebook’s decision to open source its new data center, and being featured on the cover of...

Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer
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Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer

The U.S. National Center for Supercomputing Applications has begun installing Forge, a 153-teraflop hybrid supercomputer that contains both central processing units...

Is Graphene a Miracle Material?
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Is Graphene a Miracle Material?

The material graphene was touted as "the next big thing" even before its pioneers were handed the Nobel Prize last year. Many believe it could spell the end for...

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The Mind-Expanding World of Quantum Computing

On the outskirts of Oxford lives a brilliant and distressingly thin physicist named David Deutsch, who believes in multiple universes and has conceived of an...

Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC
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Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC

Several factors, including the lack of training in parallel programming and support from independent software vendors, are major obstacles keeping general-purpose...

Successful First Test Drive of "sighted" Wheelchair
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Successful First Test Drive of "sighted" Wheelchair

Lulea University of Technology researchers have developed an electric wheelchair that can detect the surrounding environment and transmit the information to a visually...

Which Technologies Get Better Faster?
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Which Technologies Get Better Faster?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a mathematical model to predict which technologies are the most likely to rapidly advance and be...
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