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Japan's 8-Petaflop K Computer Is Fastest on Earth
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Japan's 8-Petaflop K Computer Is Fastest on Earth

An eight-petaflop Japanese supercomputer grabbed the title of fastest computer on earth in the new Top 500 Supercomputing List officially unveiled at the International...

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
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War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air...

Nasa Spacecraft Confirms Theories, Sees Surprises at Mercury
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Nasa Spacecraft Confirms Theories, Sees Surprises at Mercury

NASA scientists are making new discoveries about the planet Mercury. Data from MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, is giving scientists important...

Protecting Medical Implants from Attack
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Protecting Medical Implants from Attack

Millions of Americans have implantable medical devices, from pacemakers and defibrillators to brain stimulators and drug pumps; worldwide, 300,000 more people...

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Government in Cyber Fight but Can't Keep Up

The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new...

Nanomagnetic Computers Are the ­ltimate in Efficiency
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Nanomagnetic Computers Are the ­ltimate in Efficiency

Computers that run on chips made from tiny magnets may be as energy-efficient as physics permits.

A Preview of Future Disk Drives
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A Preview of Future Disk Drives

A new type of data storage technology, called phase-change memory, has proven capable of writing some types of data faster than conventional flash based storage...

Air France Crash Suggestion: Have Planes Send Black Box Data By Satellite
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Air France Crash Suggestion: Have Planes Send Black Box Data By Satellite

When Air France flight 447 crashed on a stormy night off Brazil in 2009, it took its secrets with it to the bottom of the Atlantic. There was no distress call...

Intel Teaches Machines to Build Own Device Drivers
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Intel Teaches Machines to Build Own Device Drivers

Intel researchers are developing a method to automate the process of writing device drivers and porting them to different operating systems. 

New Parallelization Technique Boosts Our Ability to Model Biological Systems
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New Parallelization Technique Boosts Our Ability to Model Biological Systems

A new technique for using multicore chips more efficiently has been developed by researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU). 

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I.b.m. Researchers Create High-Speed Graphene Circuits

I.B.M. researchers said Thursday that they had designed high-speed circuits from graphene, an ultra-thin material that has a host of promising applications from...

Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge
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Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge

Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with...

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Apple Surpasses Hewlett-Packard as Largest buyer of Chips, iSuppli Says


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Many Stuxnet Vulnerabilities Still Unpatched

The media storm over the Stuxnet worm may have passed, but many of the software holes that were used by the worm remain unpatched and leave Siemens customers...

Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding
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Next Mars Rover Faces Race Against Time, Funding

NASA's next Mars rover faces looming technical, financial, and scheduling challenges before its planned launch in November, according to an internal audit released...

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After Delay, Hacker to Show Flaws in Siemens Industrial Gear

A security researcher who says he's found serious problems with Siemens computers used in power plants and heavy industry is now expecting to go public with his...

Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions
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Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions

Air France Flight 447 stalled high over the Atlantic Ocean and plunged into the sea even as the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the nose up—a reaction opposite...

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs
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Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists...

Long Live the Qubit!
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Long Live the Qubit!

A quantum computer is a device—still largely theoretical—that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit...

Security 'tokens' Take Hit
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Security 'tokens' Take Hit

RSA Security is offering to provide security monitoring or replace its well-known SecurID tokens—devices used by millions of corporate workers to securely log...
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