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Supercomputers With 100 Million Cores Coming By 2018

A key topic at this week's SC09 supercomputing conference, which takes place Nov. 14-20 in Portland, Ore., is how to reach the exascale plateau in supercomputing...

Stanford-Led Research Helps Overcome Barrier For Organic Electronics
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Stanford-Led Research Helps Overcome Barrier For Organic Electronics

Stanford University researchers have determined why some transistors made of organic crystals do not allow electricity to flow through them as easily as other electronics...

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Tough Choices For Supercomputing's Legacy Apps

The future of supercomputing holds several significant software challenges, writes Numerical Algorithms Group's Andrew Jones. The first challenge is the rapidly...

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Intel Says Shape-Shifting Robots Closer to Reality

Researchers at Intel and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) say distributed computing and robotics could be used to make shape-shifting electronics a reality in the...

Working Together to Design Robust Silicon Chips
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Working Together to Design Robust Silicon Chips

Cooperation between researchers, chipmakers, and tool suppliers working on the EUREKA MEDEA+ microelectronics Cluster ROBIN project has led to improved design methods...

Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot
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Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot

A Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has regained the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer, overtaking the installation that was ranked...

Creating 3D Models With a Simple Webcam
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Creating 3D Models With a Simple Webcam

University of Cambridge researchers have developed a simple and affordable method for constructing virtual three-dimensional (3D) models, which should make 3D modeling...

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Google Launches New Programming Language: Go

Google has unveiled Go, a new programming language the company says offers the speed of working in a dynamic language such as Python and the performance and safety...

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Quantum Computer Gets Closer: Quantum Particles Pinned Down

Scientists at the Delft University of Technology were able to gain control over the environment of a quantum particle, which is a key step in the potential development...

Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis
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Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis

The economic crisis and the reduced costs of high-tech tools and materials are fueling a resurgence in tinkering and experimentation. U.S. engineering schools...

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Secret Math of Fly Eyes Could Overhaul Robot Vision

By turning the brain cell activity underlying fly eyesight into mathematical equations, researchers have found an ultra-efficient method for pulling motion patterns...

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
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Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques
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Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques

Netbooks have grown in popularity and with them a demand for software. But developers who assume there's no need to create applications differently when they enter...

What Happens When Good Robots Go 'bad'?
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What Happens When Good Robots Go 'bad'?

A study by University of Washington researchers led by doctoral student Tamara Denning calls attention to the possibility of household robots being hacked by malevolent...

Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference
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Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference

Milestones by five NASA research centers in the fields of science, engineering, and technology will be showcased at the ACM-sponsored SC09 supercomputing conference...

Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves
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Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves

Scientists at Microsoft research have unveiled Ripley, a new way to secure complex Web applications by effectively cloning the user's browser and running it remotely...

China Plans For Humanoid Olympics
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China Plans For Humanoid Olympics

China has announced plans to hold a robot Olympics in 2010, in which humanoid robots will compete in 16 different events ranging from athletics to machine-related...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...
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