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Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?
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Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?

Researchers have developed a way to use water to transfer layers from one surface to another by exploiting the fact that different materials have different hydrophilicity...

Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area
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Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area

D.E. Shaw Research will house Anton, its new 512-node supercomputer, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center beginning next fall. 

Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science
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Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science

Having trouble encouraging your child to follow you into the sciences? You're not alone. A new survey finds that 53 percent of parents of school-aged children...

Computer Pioneer Palevsky Was Wary of Google, Games, Pcs
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Computer Pioneer Palevsky Was Wary of Google, Games, Pcs

Max Palevsky, the computer industry pioneer and early investor in Intel who died at age 85 last week, had, ironically, a fairly well-documented skepticism of...

Computer Program Turns Complex Data Into Brilliant Images
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Computer Program Turns Complex Data Into Brilliant Images

University of Utah scientists Jens Krueger and Tom Fogal have developed ImageVis3D, a 3-D imaging program that converts complex data into colorful pictures that...

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Students Develop Software to Detect Hearing Problem

Computer science students from Dubai's University of Wollongong took fourth place at the Microsoft Gulf Imagine Cup for developing Ear It, software that turns a...

Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores
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Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores

The Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, England, has developed BarrelFish, an operating system designed to overcome the latency problem in multi-core computers...

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White House Offers $1 Million Innovation Prize

To encourage the commercialization of new technology, the U.S. Department of Commerce's i6 Challenge gives innovative thinkers the chance to win up to $1 million...

What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?
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What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?

Astro-Technology SOHLA, a small cooperative of companies in Osaka, Japan, wants to put an autonomous humanoid robot on the moon. 

The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner
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The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner

With nearly 600 hours of testing completed, Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is in the thick of its nearly year long flight test program. Delays in the program have...

Are Surveillance Cameras Worth It?
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Are Surveillance Cameras Worth It?

In the aftermath of the attempted car bombing in Times Square, the debate surrounding the increasing use of surveillance cameras has once again moved to center...

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How Google Got Its New Look

Every day 268 million people use Google to search for something. The query goes in, the company's software delivers back the most relevant links. The interaction...

Researchers Identify Critical 'bridging' Connectors in Social Networks
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Researchers Identify Critical 'bridging' Connectors in Social Networks

Researchers have developed a new measure that identifies "bridging individuals" in social networks who act as critical connectors, facilitating the flow of information...

The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery
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The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery

We know more about the cosmos than we do about the human brain, but work by European researchers is allowing scientists to probe further into the mysteries of...

Video Games and Virtual Reality Proven Helpful as Pain Relievers
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Video Games and Virtual Reality Proven Helpful as Pain Relievers

Children and adults with acute and chronic pain receive some analgesic benefit when they become immersed in video game action, and virtual reality is proving to...

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FCC Proposes New Rules on Internet Access

The FCC proposed an approach to regulating broadband Internet service on Thursday (May 6) that would reclassify the transmission component as a basic utility...

'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live
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'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live

Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses...

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet
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Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet

Next flu season, mining Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google news may provide a faster way to track the spread of H1N1 than reports from official...

Project Puts 1M Books Online for Blind, Dyslexic
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Project Puts 1M Books Online for Blind, Dyslexic

The nonprofit Internet Archive announced a new effort to more than double the number of books in its digital database that can be used by the visually impaired. ...

Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots
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Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots

NASA engineers are developing a team of robotic rovers that might eventually work alongside astronauts on Mars.
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