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Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen
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Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen

With the new movie "Star Trek" opening in theaters across the nation, one thing moviegoers will undoubtedly see is the Starship Enterprise racing across the galaxy...

From ACM TechNews

Sequoia: The Next Generation of Supercomputer

The Sequoia project, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), aims to build the world's first 20 petaflop...

Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?
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Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?

Researchers from Toshiba and Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory say secure quantum communication is possible with practical components for high-speed photon...

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Nist Nudges Quantum Computers Toward Commercial Viability

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an error suppression technique that they say makes multistep quantum...

From ICT Results

Reconfigurable Hardware Delivers Design Flexibility

Technology is struggling to meet demands for high-performance, specialised computing systems. A European consortium is responding with a new kind of reconfigurable...

'instant On' Computing
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'instant On' Computing

Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation have achieved a breakthrough in adding ferroelectric materials to silicon, without intervening reaction...

Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication
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Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists say that diamonds could revolutionize quantum mechanics in computing by enabling ultra-secure communications...

Squeezed Ferroelectric Material Could Lead to 'instant On' Memory Devices
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Squeezed Ferroelectric Material Could Lead to 'instant On' Memory Devices

Low-power, high-efficiency electronic memory could be the long-term result of collaborative research led by Cornell University scientist Darrell Schlom (pictured)...

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Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking

Humans don't always make the most rational decisions. Even when logic and reasoning point in one direction, sometimes we chose the opposite route, motivated by...

Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces
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Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces

Humans recognize faces by organizing facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, and lips into horizontal lines of information, say Dr. Steven Dakin of the University...

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Could Quantum Mathematics Shake Up Google?

Pedro Carpena, a physicist at the University of Malaga in Spain, has used a mathematical technique for studying disorder in quantum systems to extract keywords...

Keep On Spinning
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Keep On Spinning

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Materials Science Division researchers have made a major advancement in spintronics by controlling the spin states of highly...

From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Will Require Complex Software to Manage Errors

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) theorists have demonstrated that a type of software operation, believed to be a solution to the fundamental...

Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices
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Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers led by professor Angela Belcher have developed batteries by genetically engineering viruses to build the...

From ACM TechNews

Move Over, Newton: Scientifically Ignorant Computer Derives Natural Laws From Raw Data

Cornell University researchers have developed an algorithm that can identify regularities in the natural world that represent natural laws. The researchers tested...

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Recent Research Tackles the Complexity of Self-Awareness

Researchers at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid's School of Computing are using modular neural networks to model cognitive functions related to awareness and...

A New Step Towards Quantum Computers
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A New Step Towards Quantum Computers

Researchers from Dortmound, St. Petersburg, Washington, and the Rurh-Universitaet-Bochum (RUB) in Germany have succeeded in aligning electron spin. The researchers...

Mathematical System Helps to Cut Bus Journey Times
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Mathematical System Helps to Cut Bus Journey Times

Researchers from the University of Burgos (UBU) have used heuristic algorithms and the "taboo search" method to improve bus service in Burgos, Spain. The approach...

From ACM News

Acm Awards Recognize Innovators Who Solve Real World Problems

ACM has announced the winners of five prestigious awards honoring innovations in computing technology that benefit society through their profound impact on the...

ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of Influential Innovations in Computer Software Design
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ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of Influential Innovations in Computer Software Design

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Barbara Liskov of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the winner of the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing...
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