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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...

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Rethinking the Long Tail Theory: How to Define 'hits' and 'niches'

The Long Tail theory suggests that the Internet drives demand away from popular products with mass appeal and directs it to more obscure niche offerings as it eases...

Shaping the Future
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Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap
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Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap

Researchers are working on "self-healing" electronic materials that could lead in time to computer components that can fix themselves when they break.

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Quantum Computers Are Coming

WHATEVER happened to quantum computers? A few years ago, it seemed, it was just a case of a tweak here, a fiddle there, and some kind of number-crunching Godzilla...

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Theoretical Electrical Resistance Discovery Proven in Nanomaterials Lab

Three years ago, theoretical work of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research group predicted a new effect that could revolutionize the field of microelectronics...

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Accurate Predictions in a Limited Calculation Time

Computers need to automatically focus on key changes in an area in order to accurately predict air, road traffic, and water flow with computer simulations, according...

Electronics 'Missing Link' ­nited With Rest of the Family
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Electronics 'Missing Link' ­nited With Rest of the Family

Memristors were identified by Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the missing link of electronics 18 months ago, and since then the same team of HP researchers has upgraded...

­.s. Air Force Funds Super-Fast, Secure Computing
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­.s. Air Force Funds Super-Fast, Secure Computing

The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is supporting University of Michigan (UM) physicists' development of components for quantum computers that...

Graphitic Memory Techniques Advance at Rice
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Graphitic Memory Techniques Advance at Rice

Rice University researcher James Tour and postdoctoral associate Alexander Sinitskii used industry-standard lithographic techniques to place 10-nanometer strips...

Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits
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Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) researchers are developing a material that could enable a computer circuit to repair itself. The researchers have...

A Turing Test For Computer Game Bots
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A Turing Test For Computer Game Bots

Can a computer fool expert gamers into believing it's one of them? That was the question posed at the second annual BotPrize, a three-month contest that concluded...

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European Project Will Raise Interest in Scientific Study

Eight European universities, including the Technical University of Madrid, are participating in the European DynaLearn Project, which is designed to increase student...

Bio-Nano Device Could Lead to Better Electronics
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Bio-Nano Device Could Lead to Better Electronics

If manmade devices could be combined with biological machines, laptops and other electronic devices could get a boost in operating efficiency. Lawrence Livermore...

Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips
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Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips

A silicon chip about the size of a penny that uses photons to run Shor's algorithm has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Bristol in the...

­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center
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­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have received a five-year, $5 million National Science Foundation grant to establish the Simulation, Visualization...

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Paris Event to Showcase Informatics Advances, Honor European Pioneers

The fifth edition of the European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) will take place in Paris on October 8-9, 2009, with a special workshop for new (and not so new)...

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Researchers Design Graphene-Based Nano-Material with Magnetic Properties

An international team of researchers has designed a new graphite-based, magnetic nano-material that acts as a semiconductor and could help material scientists create...

After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm
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After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm

Gaze into the electron microscope display in Frances Ross’s laboratory here and it is possible to persuade yourself that Dr. Ross, a 21st-century materials scientist...

IBM 'x-Rays' a Molecule
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IBM 'x-Rays' a Molecule

IBM researchers have imaged the inner structure of a molecule, an achievement they say could lead to smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient processors and memory...
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