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Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves
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Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves

Technology companies are embracing self-healing technology, a computing strategy that could have a major impact on the data center and the desktop. IBM uses self...

Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants
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Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants

A class of undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a set of robots that can water, harvest and pollinate cherry tomato plants. The...

Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman
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Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman

A cybernetic bodysuit developed by Cyberdyne Corp. and Daiwa House of Japan augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold. The HAL (Hybrid...

Keep On Spinning
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Keep On Spinning

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Materials Science Division researchers have made a major advancement in spintronics by controlling the spin states of highly...

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Quantum Computers Will Require Complex Software to Manage Errors

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) theorists have demonstrated that a type of software operation, believed to be a solution to the fundamental...

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Electrosmog on the Circuit Board

Electronic components continue to be made smaller and smaller, which reduces the amount of power that they require but increases signal-to-noise ratios. If electronic...

Darpa Awards $16 Million to Rice University to Improve Compilers
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Darpa Awards $16 Million to Rice University to Improve Compilers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Rice University $16 million to develop a new set of tools that can improve the performance of...

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Hpc Experts Meet to Discuss Fault Tolerance

At the Fault Tolerance for Extreme Scalability Workshop, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure's Blue Waters and TeraGrid...

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The Mobile Future of the Keyboard

Touchscreen keyboards could stand some improvement before they become the norm in smartphones and make their way to desktop computers, gaming devices, and even...

A Step Toward Superfast Carbon Memory
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A Step Toward Superfast Carbon Memory

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have made computer memory devices using graphene, a flat sheet of hexagonally arranged carbon atoms capable...

Video Game Competition Announced For Siggraph 2009
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Video Game Competition Announced For Siggraph 2009

ACM's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) 2009 will feature GameJam!, a new international video game competition and will give...

World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work
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World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work

The new Fujitsu FX1 supercomputer in Japan has a peak performance of 110.6 teraflops, making it the most powerful machine in Japan and the most efficient supercomputer...

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Rti Sponsors Hpc Adoption Conference

The 2009 High-Performance Computing Adoption Conference will be held May 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel. The three-day event will define...

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Robot That Can Turn Cartwheels, Do Somersaults

Sherry Randhawa of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, recently demonstrated some of the school's progress in robotics and computing. A major attraction...

Google's Power Play
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Google's Power Play

Google and General Electric (GE) have teamed up on an ambitious project to transform the United States' energy production infrastructure from a model characterized...

From ICT Results

Grid Gives Europe a Supercomputing Boost

What’s faster than the speediest supercomputer? How about a high-speed grid linking 12 world-class supercomputers? That’s what a European research consortium has...

High-Performance System Available For Computationally-Demanding Problems
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High-Performance System Available For Computationally-Demanding Problems

Scientist Dr. Russ Miller (pictured) is leading the rollout of "Magic," one of the most powerful computers in New York State, to qualified users worldwide for solving...

University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon
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University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon

Students at Sweden's Malardalen University will build a smart robot to construct a little red cabin on the moon. The team has been charged with taking the House...

Multicores Seen Driving Next-Generation Mobile Phones
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Multicores Seen Driving Next-Generation Mobile Phones

York University professor Neil Audsley is part of the pan-European Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications project, an effort to make the multi...

'Smart Dew' Motes Serve as Invisible Security Guards
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'Smart Dew' Motes Serve as Invisible Security Guards

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed Smart Dew, tiny sensors as small as dewdrops that can be arranged in a network. The inexpensive sensors are equipped...
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