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Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution
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Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution

Cornell University researchers have found that when the oxide compound europium titanate is sliced nanometers thin and stretched on a specially designed template...

Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records
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Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records

Software-driven networking will enable new Internet protocols.

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Scientists Hack Into Cars' Computers

It sounds like a Hollywood movie: cybercriminals in a van use a laptop to hack wirelessly into the computer-controlled systems of the car on the road ahead. In...

NSF Announces New Expeditions in Computing Awards
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NSF Announces New Expeditions in Computing Awards

Three new $10 million awards continue the NSF's Expeditions program pursuing ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing...

Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware
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Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware

Intel Corp. agreed to buy security-software specialist McAfee Inc. Thursday for $7.68 billion, a surprise transaction that underscores the company's determination...

The Future of Interfaces Is Mobile, Screen-Less and Invisible
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The Future of Interfaces Is Mobile, Screen-Less and Invisible

Google's Android developer advocate Reto Meier recently described where computer interfaces are headed, predicting that in five years there will be widely available...

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Dual-Core Smartphones on the Horizon

Smartphones with dual-core Arm processors could add faster processing, video capabilities.

A Surfboard Gets an Onboard Computer
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A Surfboard Gets an Onboard Computer

Computers are everywhere these days—even on surfboards. University of California, San Diego mechanical engineering undergraduates outfitted a surfboard with a...

Safe Travels
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Safe Travels

University of Texas at San Antonio researchers have developed SMall Aircraft Risk Technology (SMART), software that can run thousands of simulations on a given...

An Implantable Antenna
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An Implantable Antenna

A prototype silk biosensor could someday alert doctors to signs of disease.

How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?
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How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

Seven of the finest minds Intel can muster are lined up on stage, ready to take questions from a pack of visibly intimidated European journalists.

Finding Our Way with Digital Bread Crumbs
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Finding Our Way with Digital Bread Crumbs

A Microsoft research project explores whether sensors in mobile devices could help us navigate without GPS.

Researchers Develop Ultrahigh Energy Density Supercapacitors
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Researchers Develop Ultrahigh Energy Density Supercapacitors

A team of researchers from the United States and France have developed micro-supercapacitors with the potential to power nomad electronics, wireless sensor networks...

A New Kind of Microchip
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A New Kind of Microchip

A computer chip that performs calculations using probabilities, instead of binary logic, could accelerate everything from online banking systems to the flash memory...

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World Record Data Density for Ferroelectric Recording

Scientists in Japan have recorded data at a density of 4 trillion bits per square inch, a world record for the experimental "ferroelectric" data storage method....

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Wto Backs ­.s., Japan Complaint Over Eu Import Duties on Electronic Goods

The European Union broke global trade laws by imposing import duties on $11 billion of high-tech electronic goods such as computer monitors, the World Trade Organization...

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Multicore Processing: Breaking Through the Programming Wall

Significant challenges remain for applications to take advantage of the first petascale supercomputers, which feature distributed memory architectures and multicore...

Wax, Soap Clean ­p Obstacles to Better Batteries
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Wax, Soap Clean ­p Obstacles to Better Batteries

A little wax and soap can help build electrodes for cheaper lithium ion batteries, according to a new study. The one-step method will allow battery developers to...

Gesture-Based Computing Takes a Serious Turn
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Gesture-Based Computing Takes a Serious Turn

Call me a creature of habit, but I approach any new computer interface with a sense of apprehension.

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Push-Button Logic on the Nanoscale

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have used zinc oxide in the form of a nanowire to create smaller and simpler logic circuits. Zinc oxide was used...
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