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New Type of Liquid Crystal Promises to Improve Performance of Digital Displays
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New Type of Liquid Crystal Promises to Improve Performance of Digital Displays

Chemists at Vanderbilt University have created a new class of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that could improve the performance of digital displays...

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Breaking the Noise Barrier: Enter the Phonon Computer

Noise is a chip designer's worst enemy. But handled properly it could become a powerful ally—and usher in the age of phonon computing.

Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge
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Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge

Industry experts at the recent Linley Tech Processor conference said that writing applications for mobile devices could become more challenging as central processing...

Breakthrough in Quantum Computing
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Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

A team led by engineers and physicists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has developed a single electron reader to measure the spin of an electron in...

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Charge Your Phone With a Beach Towel

With a view to bringing down the costs of solar cells, Brian Korgel and colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a light-harvesting ink that...

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Multicore May Not Be So Scary

Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more "cores," or processing units, to computer chips.

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Iran Thwarts Viral Attack on Nuclear Plant System: Atomic Chief

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the enemy's efforts to infect Iranian nuclear systems with a computer virus have...

Personal Fabrication
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Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'
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Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'

While refining their novel method for making nanoscale wires, chemists at NIST discovered an unexpected bonus—a new way to create nanowires that produce light similar...

Apple Patent Shows Future of Biometrics Isn
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Apple Patent Shows Future of Biometrics Isn

A recent Apple patent and a strongly worded report from the National Research Council suggest that the future of biometrics lies with personalization, not security...

Vigilant Camera Eye
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Vigilant Camera Eye

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology have developed an automated camera system that replicates some functions of the human...

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Semiconductor Could Turn Heat Into Computing Power

Computers might one day recycle part of their own waste heat, using a material being studied by researchers at Ohio State University.

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Fujitsu Begins Shipping 'k' Computer, Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer

Fujitsu has begun shipping the computing units for Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer, nicknamed the "K"  computer. The "K" computer is a central part of the...

PRoViScout: ESA and NASA Develop an Independent Mars Exploration System
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PRoViScout: ESA and NASA Develop an Independent Mars Exploration System

Researchers from across Europe—with a little help from experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory—are working on a new, robotic exploration system that could...

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Mobile Chips Battle For Processing Power

Inside your smartphone, a battle is raging. As tiny chips with big ambitions fight for processing power, is there anything the phones of the future will not be...

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Hydrogen-Powered, Solar-Inspired Nano-Battery

University of Illinois at Chicago materials engineer Eduard Karpov received a three-year, $217,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop a...

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Lightweight True Random Number Generators a Step Closer

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology say they have developed the most lightweight true...

How Safe Is Your Swipe?
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How Safe Is Your Swipe?

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed a method of extracting information from chip technology by combining modern cryptology methods with constraint programming...

What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?
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What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?

Tracking down one of the last few parking spots in the cramped confines of a dimly lit multi-storey car park is not among life's pleasures. German car maker BMW...

Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech
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Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech

"Devil Pup" robots. Super sniper scopes. Secret signals intelligence sensors. Flying spies to find buried threats. Campaigns to influence the media behind the...
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