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Nasa's Chief Technologist Seeks to Develop Transformative Programs

When Bobby Braun was a Ph.D. student in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford, he couldn't imagine holding the "dream job" he's doing now—NASA's chief technologist...

Award-Winning Supercomputer Application Solves Superconductor Puzzle
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Award-Winning Supercomputer Application Solves Superconductor Puzzle

Superconducting materials, which transmit power resistance-free, are found to perform optimally when high- and low-charge density varies on the nanoscale level...

Dual Antennas Would Boost Cell-Phone Signals
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Dual Antennas Would Boost Cell-Phone Signals

New design would mean fewer dropped calls, longer battery life.

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Multi-Core With Virtualization, a Solution For Future Smart Phones

The Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications project has released an open source software platform designed to enable the efficient use of multi...

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Micromachines For a Safer World

Tel Aviv University researchers are working to make microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) even smaller, less expensive, and more sensitive by combining old-school...

Teraflop Troubles: Powerful Gpus May Threaten the World's Password Security System
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Teraflop Troubles: Powerful Gpus May Threaten the World's Password Security System

Georgia Tech Research Institute computer scientists are studying whether desktop computers with graphics processing units are so powerful that they compromise password...

Better Displays Ahead
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Better Displays Ahead

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Nanoelectronics Laboratory are actively pursuing an alternative approach for low-power displays and have published an...

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Researchers Successfully Test Prototype Spintronic Device

Researchers have demonstrated the first plastic computer memory device that utilizes the spin of electrons to read and write data. So-called "spintronics" could...

Star Wars Meets Ups as Robonaut Packed For Space
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Star Wars Meets Ups as Robonaut Packed For Space

Getting into space isn't necessarily easy for astronauts, and it's not much easier for a robotic astronaut, either.

Roadmap For the Robotic Future
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Roadmap For the Robotic Future

The humble robot cleaning your floor heralds a growing wave of robot helpers, from miners to surgeons. With a quarter of the world market for industrial robots,...

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Simplifying Computer Power Behind Phones, Medical Devices

University of Houston researchers are collaborating with chipmaker Texas Instruments to simplify the development of programmable multicore processors. 

$7.5 Million U.S. Grant to Support Development of Quantum Supercomputers
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$7.5 Million U.S. Grant to Support Development of Quantum Supercomputers

A University of Pittsburgh research team recently received a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to solve some of the problems preventing...

Wireless Car Sensors Vulnerable to Hackers
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Wireless Car Sensors Vulnerable to Hackers

Hackers could "hijack" the wireless pressure sensors built into many cars' tires, researchers have found. Criminals might then track a vehicle or force its electronic...

 ­.S. Military to Attack Moore's Law for Future Computers
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­.S. Military to Attack Moore's Law for Future Computers

Computers that can perform a quintillion calculations per second are being planned by the U.S. military.

Future on Display: Technology You'll Want to Stroke
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Future on Display: Technology You'll Want to Stroke

Whatever you might expect from the latest computer technology, fur is unlikely to be one of them.

Holographic Displays, Robot Eyes Hint at Your Interactive Future
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Holographic Displays, Robot Eyes Hint at Your Interactive Future

The eyes may be the window to the soul. But what do you see when you look into robotic eyes so real that it’s almost impossible to tell they are just empty, mechanical...

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Replacing metal wiring with fiber optics could change everything from supercomputers to laptops.

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Is This the 'Safest Bridge in America?'

Just about everyone who worked to build the new Interstate Highway 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, knew that their project would never be "just a bridge."

Adding Temperature to Human-Computer Interaction
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Adding Temperature to Human-Computer Interaction

An experimental new game controller adds the sensation of hot and cold to users' experience of a simulated environment.

Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms
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Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms

When you are in hostile territory, it pays to stick together—especially if you are a robot. Falling into line will be easier with an innovative communication system...
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