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Sustained Quantum Processing Demo Seen as Step Toward Quantum Computers
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Sustained Quantum Processing Demo Seen as Step Toward Quantum Computers

Raising prospects for building a practical quantum computer, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated sustained...

­C San Diego Launches Triton Resource Supercomputer
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­C San Diego Launches Triton Resource Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has officially launched the Triton Resource, an integrated, data-intensive...

Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at Siggraph
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Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at Siggraph

ACM's SIGGRAPH 2009 conference will showcase a quintet of innovative interface models. University of Tokyo researchers have created a touchable holographic interface...

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Behavior of Building Block of Nature Could Lead to Computer Revolution

Physicists from the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham have demonstrated that electrons in narrow wires can split into two new particles called spinons and...

Programming Tools Tap Video Game Processors For Defense Needs
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Programming Tools Tap Video Game Processors For Defense Needs

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute (GTRI) are developing a programming tool that will enable defense industry engineers to use...

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Dna Computation Gets Logical at the Weizmann Institute

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have discovered a way to make biomolecular computers fashioned from DNA and other biological molecules more user...

Healthcare, The Road to Robotic Helpers
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Healthcare, The Road to Robotic Helpers

Robots are whirring away in factories all over the world, building cars, phones and cookers. Yet they can do so much more. Robotics for healthcare has been tipped...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

A Police Woman Fights Quantum Hacking and Cracking
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A Police Woman Fights Quantum Hacking and Cracking

Quantum computing will give people and institutions an enormous amount of computing power, but it will also make their data vulnerable to attack. For Julia Kempe...

Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes
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Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes

Researchers at the Munich-based Cognition for Technical Systems excellence cluster have developed a flight simulator for flies to determine the insect's neural...

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Future Tech on Show at 36th Siggraph

Mk Haley, a juror for the Emerging Technologies area of SIGGRAPH 2009, says an ear-tugging navigator is the type of exhibit that will get people thinking and talking...

Green500 List: Supercomputer Efficiency Continues to Improve
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Green500 List: Supercomputer Efficiency Continues to Improve

The fifth edition of Virginia Tech's Green500 List shows that supercomputers continue to use less power even as their capacity soars. Computers raking in top spots...

ACM Siggraph Honors Rob Cook For Advances in Computer Graphics Imaging
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ACM Siggraph Honors Rob Cook For Advances in Computer Graphics Imaging

ACM SIGGRAPH will present its 2009 Steven Anson Coons Outstanding Service Award on Monday (August 3, 2009) to Rob Cook for his pioneering technical contributions...

Seeking Efficiency, Scientists Run Visualizations Directly on Supercomputers
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Seeking Efficiency, Scientists Run Visualizations Directly on Supercomputers

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory are using a method called software-based parallel volume rendering to accelerate...

Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity
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Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity

Recent research into the properties of graphene nanoribbons provides two new reasons for using the material as interconnects in future computer chips. In widths...

Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale
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Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale

A well-established physical law formulated by Max Planck describes the transfer of heat between two objects, but some physicists have long predicted that the law...

How to Harness Petaflop Performance
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How to Harness Petaflop Performance

Several petascale computers are up and running, and others are sure to follow. All of them face many unique challenges in trying to harness a petaflop.

Computer Game U­tilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems
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Computer Game U­tilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems

A new computer game prototype combines work and play to help solve a fundamental problem underlying many computer hardware design tasks. The online logic puzzle...

The Led's Dark Secret
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The Led's Dark Secret

Solid-state lighting won't supplant the lightbulb until it can overcome the mysterious malady known as "droop."

45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi
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45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi

Powerful new radio technologies that promise blisteringly fast WiFi have been given a boost by a team of European researchers’ cutting-edge work on miniscule microchips...
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