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Is Your Microrobot ­p For the (nist) Challenge?
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Is Your Microrobot ­p For the (nist) Challenge?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with IEEE, is inviting university and collegiate student teams currently engaged in...

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­CSB Joins With Leading Asian Institute to Develop Green Electronics

The research and development of "green" nanoscale devices with ultra-low power leakage is the focus of a new collaboration between the University of California,...

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New Software Could Smooth Supercomputing Speed Bumps

Supercomputers have long been an indispensable, albeit expensive, tool for researchers who need to make sense of vast amounts of data. One way that researchers...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Arduino's Tom Igoe
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Arduino's Tom Igoe

Tom Igoe is a co-developer of the Arduino programming language, which he says was created out of a desire to provide a tool for teaching physical computing to artists...

Is My Robot Happy to See Me?
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Is My Robot Happy to See Me?

Scientists at Georgia Tech have tested people's ability to interpret a robot's "emotion" by reading its expression to see if there were any differences between...

Researchers Save Electricity With Low-Power Processors and Flash Memory
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Researchers Save Electricity With Low-Power Processors and Flash Memory

During ACM's recent Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Labs Pittsburgh won the best paper award for...

Quantum Computer Chips Now One Step Closer to Reality
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Quantum Computer Chips Now One Step Closer to Reality

Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a way to make quantum devices using technology common to the chip-making industry today. This work might one...

Hacker Dojo Sparks Ideas and Tinkering
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Hacker Dojo Sparks Ideas and Tinkering

A typical evening at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA, sometimes looks like chaos — two friends cobbling together a robot out of chips, circuit boards and servo...

'Light on a Wire' Promises Faster Computing, Communications
From ICT Results

'Light on a Wire' Promises Faster Computing, Communications

A team of European researchers has demonstrated some of the first commercially viable plasmonic devices, paving the way for a new era of high-speed communications...

Kraken Becomes First Academic Machine to Achieve Petaflop
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Kraken Becomes First Academic Machine to Achieve Petaflop

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), a joint project between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has upgraded...

Why Desktop Multiprocessing Has Speed Limits
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Why Desktop Multiprocessing Has Speed Limits

Despite the mainstreaming of multicore processors for desktops, not every desktop application can be rewritten for multicore frameworks, which means some bottlenecks...

$2 Million Grant to Fund Research on Wireless Patient Monitoring
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$2 Million Grant to Fund Research on Wireless Patient Monitoring

A team of wireless researchers and doctors from Rice University and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute have won a $2 million federal grant to design and...

Robotic Assistant Lessens Pain of Surgery for Spina Bifida Patients
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Robotic Assistant Lessens Pain of Surgery for Spina Bifida Patients

For the first time, a surgical robot has been used to perform minimally invasive reconstructive surgery on five children whose bladder was dysfunctional because...

3D Cmos Camera For Your Mobile?
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3D Cmos Camera For Your Mobile?

European researchers have created a world-leading camera in CMOS that can record photons at a million times a second. Best of all, it will be really cheap to manufacture...

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology...

Video Camera That Records at the Speed of Thought
From ICT Results

Video Camera That Records at the Speed of Thought

European researchers who created an ultra-fast, extremely high-resolution video camera chip have enabled dozens of medical applications, including one scenario...

­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.
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­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.

The Justice Department has started a preliminary investigation into whether I.B.M. has abused its monopoly position in the market for mainframe computers, which...

Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid
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Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid

The FutureGrid Program is a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project to determine the best ways to connect supercomputers together, headed by Indiana University...

Cooperative Design Shaves Chip-Making Costs
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Cooperative Design Shaves Chip-Making Costs

A European-sponsored programme that gives universities inexpensive access to state-of-the-art microchip design tools and fabrication techniques, and helps even...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...
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