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New Center Aims to Dramatically Lower Barrier to Making Silicon Photonic Chips
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New Center Aims to Dramatically Lower Barrier to Making Silicon Photonic Chips

The University of Washington has launched a new program, co-funded by Intel Corp., that aims to make it dramatically easier and cheaper to manufacture silicon chips...

'radical Redesign' ­rged For Future Computers
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'radical Redesign' ­rged For Future Computers

University of Maryland professor Uzi Vishkin believes that computer architecture needs to be redesigned in order to effectively use multicore processors. 

Robots Get Ready For Mass Markets
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Robots Get Ready For Mass Markets

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and a group of laboratories are collaborating to launch the National Center of Competence...

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Intel

Intel Corp. surprised investors Monday with news that it has found a design flaw found in a support chip that works with its ballyhooed new chip, code-named Sandy...

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Intel Spreads Its ­niversity Research Bets

Computing in general is increasingly applying the old engineering dictum, divide and conquer. Look at the engines behind cloud computing—vast, distributed armies...

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer
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Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer

Computer science has lost not only a great scientist, but an important link to the electronic computing revolution that took place in the 1940s.

Information Theory After Shannon
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Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'

Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases
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Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases

Power-saving processor algorithms have the potential to create significant energy and cost savings.

New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches
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New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches

Soon San Francisco drivers won't need to cruise endlessly in search of an available parking spot.

3D Tv? How About Holographic Tv?
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3D Tv? How About Holographic Tv?

Using a single Xbox Kinect and standard graphics chips, MIT researchers demonstrate the highest frame rate yet for streaming holographic video.

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Domestic ­se of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed...

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Giving Hackers a Printed Invitation

At the Shmoocon conference, researchers demonstrated how hackers are using printers to infiltrate corporate computer networks. Printers are "totally integrated...

The Human Touch, in Robots
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The Human Touch, in Robots

Researchers at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing are developing robots that can respond directly to human speech. 

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The End of Credit Cards Is Coming

Credit cards may soon be as outdated as vinyl records. (Remember them?) And this is the year that the slow, steady march to oblivion begins.

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Apple: Disrupt or Perish

While the secret for Apple's success seems patently obvious to most&meash;as obvious as the form and function of the iPhone 4—a more subtle reason is the company's...

Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid
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Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid

Advanced internet technologies, energy management and the smart grid are coming together in an unlikely location: a mid-sized city in the South.

Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home
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Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home

With only two shuttle flights left and the future of manned spaceflight in question, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is having a bit of an identity...

For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First
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For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First

A University of Vermont scientist has created robots that change their body forms while learning how to walk, like tadpoles becoming frogs. These evolving robots...

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In Pursuit of Qubits, Uniting Subatomic Particles By the Billions

In a step toward a generation of ultrafast computers, physicists have used bursts of radio waves to briefly create 10 billion quantum-entangled pairs of subatomic...

Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born
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Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born

Northwestern University researchers have developed GhostBot, a robotic fish that can instantly change directions using a ribbon-like fin, potentially revolutionizing...
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