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Ibm Marks Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics
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Ibm Marks Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics

IBM scientists have succeeded in measuring the charge state of individual atoms using non-contact atomic force microscopy, which could have a major impact on molecular...

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity
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Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity

NASA and Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf are currently testing an extraterrestrial Internet that could lead to technology for use in securing ad hoc networks...

Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station
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Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station

The U.S. space shuttle's current mission, one of the most technical ever attempted by NASA, would not be possible without the use of robotics, says Holly Ridings...

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DOE Researchers Test Limits of Visualization Tool

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers recently ran a series of tests to see whether the VisIt visualization application could extract scientific insight from...

Brain-Computer Interface Begins New Clinical Trial
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Brain-Computer Interface Begins New Clinical Trial

The second clinical trial of the BrainGate Neural Interface System developed at Brown University is about to start at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston...

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons
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Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research CouncilScientists at the University of Sheffield have developed the first cargo-scanning device that can operate inside...

Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?
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Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?

The software-design community is split on the best approach for distributing their programs across a multicore architecture, and most programming languages were...

No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D
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No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D

Most people's experience with 3D involves wearing tinted glasses in a cinema. But a new technology, which does not require glasses and may enable 3DTV, is being...

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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...
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