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Wax, Soap Clean ­p Obstacles to Better Batteries
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Wax, Soap Clean ­p Obstacles to Better Batteries

A little wax and soap can help build electrodes for cheaper lithium ion batteries, according to a new study. The one-step method will allow battery developers to...

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Push-Button Logic on the Nanoscale

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have used zinc oxide in the form of a nanowire to create smaller and simpler logic circuits. Zinc oxide was used...

Award-Winning Supercomputer Application Solves Superconductor Puzzle
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Award-Winning Supercomputer Application Solves Superconductor Puzzle

Superconducting materials, which transmit power resistance-free, are found to perform optimally when high- and low-charge density varies on the nanoscale level...

Web Plan Is Dividing Companies
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Web Plan Is Dividing Companies

In an emerging battle over regulating Internet access, companies are taking sides.

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Multi-Core With Virtualization, a Solution For Future Smart Phones

The Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications project has released an open source software platform designed to enable the efficient use of multi...

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Micromachines For a Safer World

Tel Aviv University researchers are working to make microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) even smaller, less expensive, and more sensitive by combining old-school...

Speech Recognition Systems Must Get Smarter, Professor Says
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Speech Recognition Systems Must Get Smarter, Professor Says

University of Rochester professor James Allen says the key to making speech-recognition systems less frustrating to use is giving them a deeper understanding of...

Better Displays Ahead
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Better Displays Ahead

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Nanoelectronics Laboratory are actively pursuing an alternative approach for low-power displays and have published an...

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Researchers Successfully Test Prototype Spintronic Device

Researchers have demonstrated the first plastic computer memory device that utilizes the spin of electrons to read and write data. So-called "spintronics" could...

Star Wars Meets Ups as Robonaut Packed For Space
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Star Wars Meets Ups as Robonaut Packed For Space

Getting into space isn't necessarily easy for astronauts, and it's not much easier for a robotic astronaut, either.

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Replacing metal wiring with fiber optics could change everything from supercomputers to laptops.

Cell Phones and Wifi Set to Invade Nyc's Subways
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Cell Phones and Wifi Set to Invade Nyc's Subways

After years of negotiations, a plan is afoot to wire New York City's subway platforms for both cellular and WiFi service, a move that may see service extend into...

Silk Moves from Textiles to Technology
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Silk Moves from Textiles to Technology

Synonymous with beauty, silk is a masterpiece of nature with amazing mechanical properties that support its use in a growing number of high-tech applications ranging...

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Ornl, Allinea Prep Debugging Tool For Petascale Supercomputers

A collaboration between ORNL and software toolmaker Allinea Software has produced a formidable weapon in the fight against software application bugs.

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Data World Record Falls as Computer Scientists Break Terabyte Sort Barrier

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego broke "the terabyte barrier"—and a world record—when they sorted more than one terabyte of data ...

Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers
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Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers

New technology from Intel could lead to the development of computers that use light beams to move data. Intel says it has built a prototype communications device...

Italy to China in Driverless Vehicles
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Italy to China in Driverless Vehicles

University of Parma researchers recently embarked on an 8,000-mile, three-month road trip from Italy to China to test the limits of driverless vehicles. 

Researcher Develops ­nderground Wireless Communication For Mines
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Researcher Develops ­nderground Wireless Communication For Mines

Thanks to the work of Ryerson University researcher Xavier Fernando, countless miners' lives could be saved in the future with state-of-the-art technology that...

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Cheaper Substrates Made of Oxide Materials

Researchers at Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University have made a discovery that opens the door to building cheaper electronic components like diodes on a variety...

Polymer Synthesis Could Aid Future Electronics
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Polymer Synthesis Could Aid Future Electronics

Canadian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a process that could lead to the development of brighter, clearer, and more energy-efficient...
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