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Toward Faster Transistors
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Toward Faster Transistors

In the 1980s and '90s, competition in the computer industry was all about "clock speed"—how many megahertz, and ultimately gigahertz, a chip could boast. But...

Galileo Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter Moon
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Galileo Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter Moon

New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon...

Quantum Calculations Can Make Atomic Clocks of the Future Far More Accurate
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Quantum Calculations Can Make Atomic Clocks of the Future Far More Accurate

New calculations of how atoms swell when they’re warmed up can help make the next generation of atomic clocks 10 times more precise.

Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy
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Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy

Scientists that previously relied on time-shared access to high-performance computers to analyze large datasets are now turning to cloud-based services from the...

NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid
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NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to...

Technology vs. Terrorists
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Technology vs. Terrorists

Advanced technologies, including stealth helicopters, helmet-mounted video cameras, and sophisticated data analysis, are helping find terrorists like Osama bin...

How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab
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How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab

Intel's new three-dimensional transistor design, announced last week, is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development work that began in...

Good Thinking, Einstein
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Good Thinking, Einstein

The longest experiment in space physics began with three men in a university swimming pool arguing about Einstein. It ended Wednesday, after 52 years and $750...

Intel Increases Transistor Speed by Building ­pward
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Intel Increases Transistor Speed by Building ­pward

Intel announced that by building a key portion of a microprocessor's transistor above the chip's surface, it has found a way to make smaller, faster, lower-power...

Researchers Use Xbox Technology to Improve Programs
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Researchers Use Xbox Technology to Improve Programs

University of Texas at Arlington researchers are using Microsofte's Xbox Kinect technology to improve virtual sign language software.

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Humanoid Robots Catch Imagination at National Symposium in Pune

Research and Development Establishment, Engineers, recently held a two-day symposium on robotics and autonomous vehicles, which featured 250 delegates who discussed...

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Helmet Camera Technology Enables Live Front-Line Video

Helmet-mounted cameras mean live video can be sent direct from the front line back to headquarters. This technology enabled military and intelligence chiefs to...

Failure Cascading Through the Cloud
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Failure Cascading Through the Cloud

Two major cloud computing services, Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Sony's PlayStation Network, recently suffered extended outages. Though the circumstances...

Information Sharing at the Quantum Limit
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Information Sharing at the Quantum Limit

Led by Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics director Gerhard Rempe, researchers have successfully transferred quantum information encoded in a single photon onto...

Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space
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Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space

More than 30 years after they left Earth, NASA's twin Voyager probes are now at the edge of the solar system.

Researchers Create Functioning Synapse ­sing Carbon Nanotubes
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Researchers Create Functioning Synapse ­sing Carbon Nanotubes

Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines circuit design with nanotechnology, University of Southern California researchers have built a circuit that acts...

Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim
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Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim

University of Arkansas physicist Jak Chakhalian is seeking a new miniature building block for quantum computers, using a new class of nanomaterials known as topological...

Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles
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Chemical Computers Solve Shapely Puzzles

Chemical computers can solve certain problems in computational geometry, according to University of West England professor Andrew Adamatzky and colleagues.

Cybersecurity System Mimics Human Immune Response
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Cybersecurity System Mimics Human Immune Response

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Bruce McConnell recently released a white paper about a healthy ecosystem of computers  that can automatically recognize...

Web Science Meets Network Science
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Web Science Meets Network Science

A pair of divergent scientific communities discusses their similarities and differences, and search for common ground.
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