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Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium
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Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium

The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has proposed a faster and more power-efficient specification for its emerging Hybrid Memory Cube memory technology. 

Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass
From ACM News

Scientists Re-Weigh the Electron, Get More Precise Mass

Ernest Rutherford, pioneer in studying the world inside atoms, famously remarked that all science is either physics or stamp collecting.

Nasa Responds to California's Evolving Drought
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Nasa Responds to California's Evolving Drought

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's...

World Without Wires
From Communications of the ACM

World Without Wires

Capturing electricity from ambient RF transmissions can keep low-power applications off the grid.

Playing at Health
From Communications of the ACM

Playing at Health

Developers try to tap the beneficial effects of video games.

Reading Brains
From Communications of the ACM

Reading Brains

The first steps have been taken toward enabling a computer to perceive one's thoughts.

Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback
From ACM News

Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback

Bitcoin suffered a major setback Tuesday as the website of Mt.Gox, the once dominant trading platform for the virtual currency, was all but shut down.

Self-Completing Programs
From ACM News

Self-Completing Programs

Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been working...

Are the Robots About to Rise?
From ACM Opinion

Are the Robots About to Rise?

It's hard to know where to start with Ray Kurzweil.

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry
From ACM Careers

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category.

New Study Reveals Communications Potential of Graphene
From ACM TechNews

New Study Reveals Communications Potential of Graphene

Graphene could be used to provide secure wireless connections and improve the efficiency of communications devices. 

­sing Holograms to Improve Electronic Devices
From ACM TechNews

­sing Holograms to Improve Electronic Devices

A new type of holographic memory device could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data-processing capabilities in electronic devices. 

Willow Garage's Last Days
From ACM News

Willow Garage's Last Days

In 2006, Scott Hassan, a prolific software engineer, started a research lab dedicated to robotics called Willow Garage.

Smarter Caching
From ACM News

Smarter Caching

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller.

Robots with Human-Like Brains to Take on Mars Unaided
From ACM News

Robots with Human-Like Brains to Take on Mars Unaided

It's second nature for us to follow an airplane across the sky, or to walk around a rock we see in our path.

Nsa Surveillance Exposes Political Party Divisions
From ACM News

Nsa Surveillance Exposes Political Party Divisions

The debate about whether to continue the dragnet surveillance of Americans' phone records is highlighting divisions within the Democratic and Republican parties...

Atom Circuits a Step Closer
From ACM News

Atom Circuits a Step Closer

A memory effect that is crucial in electronics has been seen for the first time in a cloud of ultracold atoms.

Nasa's Nustar ­ntangles Mystery of How Stars Explode
From ACM News

Nasa's Nustar ­ntangles Mystery of How Stars Explode

One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope...

As Military Robots Increase, So Does the Complexity of Their Relationship With Soldiers
From ACM News

As Military Robots Increase, So Does the Complexity of Their Relationship With Soldiers

For a glimpse at the future of human-robot interactions, it might be better to look at what's happening in the United States military than analyzing Her, in which...

Visiting Mauna Kea, the World's Best Spot For Stargazing
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Visiting Mauna Kea, the World's Best Spot For Stargazing

I was recently having lunch at a lovely and only slightly overpriced cafe overlooking the Pacific in the historic resort region of Kailua-Kona on the dry side of...
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