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What to Expect at CES 2012
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What to Expect at CES 2012

A preview of consumer electronics in the years to come.

Scaling ­p: The Future of Nanoscience
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Scaling ­p: The Future of Nanoscience

Four prominent scientists—David Awschalom of UCSB; Angela Belcher of MIT; Donald Eigler of IBM Almaden Research Center; and Michael Roukes of Caltech—discuss the...

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Intel's Truce with Nvidia Shows Industry's Shifts

Intel Corp.'s decision to pay Nvidia Corp. $1.5 billion for the right to its patents highlights the seismic shifts the semiconductor industry is undergoing.

Epitaxial Graphene Shows Promise For Replacing Silicon in Electronics
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Epitaxial Graphene Shows Promise For Replacing Silicon in Electronics

Georgia Tech researchers recently created an array of 10,000 top-gated transistors on a 0.24-square centimeter chip, believed to be the highest density graphene...

Gigapixel Cameras Create Highly Revealing Snapshots
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Gigapixel Cameras Create Highly Revealing Snapshots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been developing a camera that can take gigapixel images with one snapshot. Columbia University researchers...

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European Exascale Project Drives Toward Next Supercomputing Milestone

The goal of the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI) is to help effect the migration from petascale to exascale systems over the next 10 years by bringing...

Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers
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Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers

Many computer scientists say the High-Performance Linpack test is not the best performance measurement for the world's top supercomputers. The new Graph500 benchmark...

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Iit-M to Aid Research on Innovative Projects

IIT-Madras will establish an interdisciplinary center of excellence for facilitating research on embedded systems, very large scale integration design, and enabling...

2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?
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2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?

Willow Garage's PR2 personal robot platform, released last year, could lead to new advances in robotic technology. Georgia Tech professor Charles Kemp. Kemp and...

Make Way for Mathematical Matter
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Make Way for Mathematical Matter

We already have solid, liquid, gas, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate. Now it seems we may be on the verge of discovering a whole host of new forms of matter...

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Nanowriting a Big Step in Electronics

The ability to write metal lines that are less than 5 nanometers wide has been demonstrated by a University of Illinois research team, and this could impact the...

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Graphics Ability Is the New Goal For Chip Makers

Computer chip makers will highlight the improved visual performance of their technology at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. 

Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera
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Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera

It’s tough being an imagery analyst for the U.S. military: you’re drowning in pictures and drone video, with more pouring in endlessly from the tons of sensors...

The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic
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The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic

A computer chip that performs imprecise calculations could process some types of data thousands of times more efficiently than existing chips.

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Graphics Ability Is the New Goal For Chip Makers

In the good old days, it was all about speed.

'nanoscoops' Could Spark New Generation of Electric Automobile Batteries
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'nanoscoops' Could Spark New Generation of Electric Automobile Batteries

New nanoengineered batteries developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute exhibit remarkable power density, charging more than 40 times faster than today's lithium...

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Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You

Hundreds of correctional officers from prisons across America descended last spring on a shuttered penitentiary in West Virginia for annual training exercises...

Computing on Multiple Graphic Cards Accelerates Numerical Simulations
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Computing on Multiple Graphic Cards Accelerates Numerical Simulations

The Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing and the University of Bonn have been chosen as an Nvidia CUDA research center. The researchers...

When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China
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When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China

As a national strategy, China is trying to build an economy that relies on innovation rather than imitation.

Intel's 2nd-Gen Chip Arrives, with Hollywood in Tow
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Intel's 2nd-Gen Chip Arrives, with Hollywood in Tow

Intel is officially announcing its next-generation processor tomorrow—and Hollywood is playing a big role.
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