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Rational Design Process Produces Enhanced Optoelectronics Materials
From ICT Results

Rational Design Process Produces Enhanced Optoelectronics Materials

European researchers have combined computer modelling of quantum mechanics and precision fabrication processes to create novel transparent conductive oxides made...

From ACM TechNews

Worm Memory ­ses Orders of Magnitude Less Power Than Other Devices

Cambridge University researchers have developed an inexpensive write once, read many (WORM) memory device that uses much less power than previous devices. 

Taking Over a Car
From ACM News

Taking Over a Car

Researchers "break in" with software and a laptop.

Intel, Amd Vie to Rewire Pc's Brain
From ACM News

Intel, Amd Vie to Rewire Pc's Brain

Intel and AMD are off to the races again. This time it's about making PCs not just faster, but more versatile.

From ACM News

Ornl Graphite Foam Technology Licensed to Led North America

Graphite foam technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been licensed to LED North America (Oak Ridge, TN) for...

Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb
From ACM TechNews

Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb

Stanford University engineer Mark Cutkosky has led the development of Stickybot, a robot that can climb up smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the design of gecko...

From ACM News

Apple Reinvents the Audio Jack

Although Apple is known for filing patents on complex multi-touch algorithms, anti-piracy measures and advanced user interfaces, it still has a focus on basic...

From ACM News

Nsf Awards San Diego Supercomputer Center $2.8 Million For Trestles System

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, $2.8 million to build and deploy...

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Lenovo to Develop Game Console

Lenovo Group Ltd. is investing in the development of a new videogame console, part of a broader push by the Chinese personal-computer company to branch out into...

Heady Days of Nanotech Funding Behind It, the ­.s. Faces Big Challenges
From ACM TechNews

Heady Days of Nanotech Funding Behind It, the ­.s. Faces Big Challenges

Despite the U.S.'s lead in patenting nanotechnology inventions, it has not been able to translate that success into the marketplace, which has enabled other countries...

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Telepresence Robot Replaces Editor at Ieee Spectrum

With several companies offering telepresence robots to act as people's proxies at the office, IEEE Spectrum magazine investigated their use earlier this year by...

From ACM TechNews

Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a networking router that transmits data at nearly 40 gigabytes per second,...

'spintronics' Breakthrough Holds Promise For Next-Generation Computers
From ACM TechNews

'spintronics' Breakthrough Holds Promise For Next-Generation Computers

University of Kansas (KU) researchers have discovered a way to recognize currents of spinning electrons, or spintronics, within a semiconductor using powerful lasers...

Tiny Logo Demonstrates Advanced Display Technology
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Tiny Logo Demonstrates Advanced Display Technology

In a step toward more efficient, smaller and higher-definition display screens, a University of Michigan professor has developed a new type of color filter made...

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Juicing Up Laptops and Cell Phones with Soda Pop or Vegetable Oil?

Scientists report the development of the first fuel cell designed to produce electricity with biochemical technology borrowed from the biological powerhouses...

Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design
From ACM TechNews

Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design

University of Tehran researchers Farnood Merrikh-Bayat and Saeed Bagheri have found that two memristors used in a series work more like a human brain using Hebbian...

From ACM TechNews

Nasa's Robot Rovers Keep on Rolling

Researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are working with robotics engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to prevent the space agency's...

Cycling Through Data
From Communications of the ACM

Cycling Through Data

Sensor-equipped bicycles are providing valuable data to cyclists, city planners, and computer scientists.

From ACM News

Hi-Tech Rechargeable Batteries Developed For Military

MIT scientists reported progress in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be...

Robots Learning From Experience
From ICT Results

Robots Learning From Experience

Software that enables robots to move objects about a room, building up ever-more knowledge about their environment, is an important step forward in artificial intelligence...
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