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Android Programming's ­ps and Downs
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Android Programming's ­ps and Downs

As smartphones using Google's Android operating system become mainstream, James Steele and Nelson To are in a pretty good position.

Electric Currents Move Racetrack Memory Bits with Precision
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Electric Currents Move Racetrack Memory Bits with Precision

The moving bits in the proposed data-storage scheme do not stop and start instantaneously, but their motion is easy to quantify.

Earth Project Aims to 'simulate Everything'
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Earth Project Aims to 'simulate Everything'

An international group of scientists are aiming to create a simulator that can replicate everything happening on Earth—from global weather patterns and the spread...

Rise of the Machines
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Rise of the Machines

With factories swapping technology for workers during the recovery, jobs may not come back for decades.

Massive Collider Churning Out Data
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Massive Collider Churning Out Data

This year the world's largest science experiment roared to life. Deep beneath the French-Swiss border, the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, has spent the year accelerating...

Ibm Expects Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries By 2015
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Ibm Expects Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries By 2015

By 2015, your mobile phone will project a 3D image of anyone who calls and your laptop will be powered by kinetic energy. At least that’s what International Business...

Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible
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Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible

Chipmaker Intel has been investigating the issue of scaling the number of cores in chips through its Terascale Computing Research Program, which has so far yielded...

What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You
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What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You

Anyone who has witnessed the megapixel one-upmanship in camera ads might think that computer chips run the show in digital photography.

Pentagon Wants to Give Troops Terminator Vision
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Pentagon Wants to Give Troops Terminator Vision

No more will soldiers' vision be limited to the socket-embedded spheres that God intended. The Pentagon now wants troops to see dangers lurking behind them in...

From ACM News

Microsoft Said to Be ­nveiling Windows For Arm Chips

Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, will announce a version of its Windows computer operating system that runs on ARM Holdings Plc technology...

From ACM TechNews

Finding the Needle in the Haystack, Instantly

Researchers from Northeastern University, the University of Virginia, and Advanced Micro Devices have developed supercomputing hardware and software technology...

From ACM TechNews

Smarter, Not Faster, Is the Future of Computing Research

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology's recently released report suggests that U.S. research funds would be better spent developing effective...

From ACM TechNews

DARPA Goal For Cybersecurity: Change the Game

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed programs that deal with cybersecurity threats by surprising the attackers. The agency created...

Cognitive Robotics Lab Tests Theories of Human Thought
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Cognitive Robotics Lab Tests Theories of Human Thought

In a new Cognitive Robotics Lab at Rensselaer, students are exploring how human thought outwits brute force computing in the real world. The lab's 20 robots allow...

The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade
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The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade

The January 2011 issue of IEEE Spectrum reviews the most important innovations that came of age in the past 10 years, based on their influence, usefulness, and...

Sun's Gravity Could Be Tapped to Call E.t.
From ACM News

Sun's Gravity Could Be Tapped to Call E.t.

Since massive stars cause light to bend, focal points may be found.

'Synthetic Biology' Holds Promise, But Vigilance Needed
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'Synthetic Biology' Holds Promise, But Vigilance Needed

Far more promise than peril lurks in "synthetic biology," the emerging technology of man-made life, a presidential panel reports yesterday.

An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math
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An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math

Papyrus, parchment, paper ... videotape, DVDs, Blu-ray discs—long after all these materials have crumbled to dust, the first recording medium of all, the cuneiform...

Wireless at the Speed of Plasma
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Wireless at the Speed of Plasma

A new type of antenna could dramatically change high-speed wireless communications, miniature radar, and energy weapons. The antenna consists of thousands of diodes...

From ACM News

Google Goes to the Cloud For New Idea in Pc System

In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers...
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