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'colossal' Magnetic Effect Under Pressure

Scientists are on the verge of understanding and controlling the colossal magnetoresistance effect (CMR), a phenomenon that is potentially up to a thousand times...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
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Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science
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Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science

Lamar University's Increasing Student Participation In Research Development (INSPIRED) team hosts computing workshops for middle and high school students in an...

'electronic Glue' Promises Cheaper Semiconductors
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'electronic Glue' Promises Cheaper Semiconductors

Researchers at the University of Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed an "electronic glue" that could accelerate advances in semiconductor...

The Future of Robots Is Rat-Shaped
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The Future of Robots Is Rat-Shaped

Some roboticists believe that artificial intelligence researchers are following the wrong path by trying to replicate human intelligence, and a better approach...

Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot
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Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot

The ability to open doors is a significant step forward for robotics and an important milestone toward a personal robot industry. Such a milestone has been reached...

Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio
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Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have developed a fast, ultra-broadband, low-power radio chip for use in wireless devices. MIT professor Rahul...

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The Display That Watches You

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems researchers have developed a new screen technology that uses interlacing photodetector cells and display pixels to...

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
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Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?

European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to...

Simulated Black Holes Collide
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Simulated Black Holes Collide

Louisiana State University students and researchers have created an award-winning computer simulation of two black holes colliding and the gravitational waves the...

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Grid Enables Vector Supercomputing Environment

Tohoku University's Cyberscience Center, Osaka University's Cybermedia Center, Japan's National Institute of Informatics, and NEC Corp. recently announced the successful...

Graphene Shows Promise For Future Ic Interconnects
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Graphene Shows Promise For Future Ic Interconnects

The unique properties of thin layers of graphite — known as graphene — make the material attractive for a wide range of potential electronic devices. Researchers...

Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine
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Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine

Scientists from the Institute of Spectroscopy at the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a method of nanofabrication that uses an atom pinhole camera to...

Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor
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Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor

Electronic memory chips may soon gain the ability to bend and twist as a result of work by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...

Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques
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Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a 1,100-square-foot simulated data center to optimize cooling strategies and develop new heat transfer...

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NIST Delivers ­pdated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently provided the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) with a draft revision to the 2005 U.S. federal...

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Towards the Ultimate Transistor

In 1974 Ari Aviram and Mark Ratner from the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York suggested using molecules themselves as electronic components. In the...

Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?
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Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?

Microsoft stunned the video game world on Monday with the announcement of its forthcoming "Project Natal" technology, full-body motion-sensitive technology that...

Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity
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Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity

The computer industry has a lot riding on your fingers. Companies have dabbled with the touch-screen technology for years. Apple elevated such technology from a...

Toward Cheap ­nderwater Sensor Nets
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Toward Cheap ­nderwater Sensor Nets

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego's (UCSD's) Jacobs School of Engineering recently presented a paper highlighting the energy conservation benefits...
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