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Meeting Consumers' Hd Demands With a Faster Algorithm

Lehigh University researchers have developed signal-processing algorithms that enable handheld devices to display high-definition images. 

Flexible Organic Transistor Memory Looks Promising For Future Electronics
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Flexible Organic Transistor Memory Looks Promising For Future Electronics

South Korean engineers have developed a flexible memory based on an organic transistor, which they say could be integrated, along with transistors and logic circuits...

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Project to Quadruple Solar Energy Output on Furman Campus

Furman University will use a $340,000 grant for a new installation of solar panels that are expected to quadruple the solar energy output on campus.

Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech
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Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, NATO warplanes dropped precision-guided munitions on a band of Afghans who seemed like militants in the provincial district of Andor....

Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks
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Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks

Physicists at NIST have demonstrated an ion trap with a built-in optical fiber that collects light emitted by single ions, allowing quantum information stored in...

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The Achilles' Heel of Your Computer

Device drivers account for most crashes and even introduce security problems; a new testing tool could provide an early warning.

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Insect-Like Robot Crawls Into Microrobot Contenders' Ring

University of Washington engineers have built an insect-like robot with hundreds of tiny legs. The UW model can carry more than seven times its own weight and move...

The Challenge of Molecular Communication
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The Challenge of Molecular Communication

Research led by Ph.D. student Sachin Kadloor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are investigating how much information can be exchanged via molecular...

Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips
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Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips

Intel engineers have created computer processors with circuits capable of random behavior, a development that could lead to secure cryptography keys.

Barrier to Faster Integrated Circuits May Be Surmounted, Scientists Say
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Barrier to Faster Integrated Circuits May Be Surmounted, Scientists Say

Integrated circuits are constantly being made smaller, faster, and cheaper, but circuit scaling is perpetually in danger of hitting a wall that must be maneuvered...

Sony Says 535,000 Vaio Laptops at Risk of Overheating
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Sony Says 535,000 Vaio Laptops at Risk of Overheating

More than half a million Sony Vaio F and C series laptops sold this year contain a software bug that could lead them to overheat, the company said. A bug in the...

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Beyond the Petaflop: DARPA Wants Quintillion-Speed Computers

DARPA announced an initiative to realize a quintillion calculations/second computer to "meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance, higher...

Japan to Build 2.4 Petaflop Supercomputer
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Japan to Build 2.4 Petaflop Supercomputer

The Tokyo Institute of Technology will build Japan's first 2.4-petaflop supercomputer, the TSUBAME 2.0, a world-class research tool for users in both the industrial...

Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks
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Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks

University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor Craig Foster received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create computer models that analyze physical...

In Faulty-Computer Suit, Window to Dell Decline
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In Faulty-Computer Suit, Window to Dell Decline

After the math department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines. The company came up with an unusual...

Lizard-Like Robot Can 'swim' Through Sand
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Lizard-Like Robot Can 'swim' Through Sand

Inspired by the sandfish lizard, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating with Northwestern University's Paul Umbanhowar to develop...

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Broadband Availability to Expand

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday (June 28) will sign a memorandum that makes 500 megahertz of wireless spectrum, currently controlled by the federal government...

World First For Quantum Memory Storage
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World First For Quantum Memory Storage

A new system developed by researchers at Australian National University uses quantum memory for light more efficiently than similar storage devices. 

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Researchers Analyze the Future of Transistor-Less Magnonic Logic Circuits

The emerging field of magnonics is attracting researchers because of its possible role in the development of transistorless logic circuits, and researchers are...

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The Challenge of Molecular Communication

Bacteria communicate with molecules, and now computer scientists want to copy them. Their first task: to derive a mathematical theory of molecular communication...
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