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Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware
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Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware

A new satellite, planned for launch in 2012, will contain a flight computer built with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that can be completely reconfigured...

Molecules Mean More Moore
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Molecules Mean More Moore

Researchers from Rice University and North Carolina State University say that Moore's Law could be prolonged by attaching molecules to the surface of silicon....

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Dac Preview: Power Again Takes Center Stage

Low-power design will be a key theme of the 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC), with Synopsys' Cary Chin agreeing that "low power is one of the biggest challenges...

How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare
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How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare

Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, with drones dramatically tilting the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in favor of the United States...

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise
From ICT Results

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application...

Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws
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Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws

Researchers continue to work to make robots safer to be around humans, but some robot experts say the key is to stop making robots that lack ethics. "If you build...

Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection
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Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection

A discovery-based, three-day workshop at Arizona State University (ASU) for junior high school students aims to get young adults interested in science, technology...

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Three Atom Spintronic Device

Engineers in the United Kingdom and China are working to find alternative ways of creating the microelectronic components of the future. Surrey University physicists...

Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits
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Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits

Much attention has been given to the approaching scientific limit to chip miniaturization and the continuation of Moore's Law, but an economic limit is nearingView...

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Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer Configuration Is Decided

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Fujitsu will deploy a new system configuration with a scalar processing architecture in its next...

Beyond Flash
From ICT Results

Beyond Flash

The race is on for a successor to the popular flash memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined...

Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics
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Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics

Those who learn by repetition rely on "muscle memory," a sense that practice trains muscles to perform specific actions without thought. But does muscle memory...

Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare
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Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare

New York University researchers have developed a camera that uses ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light to take photos in the dark without the use of a traditional...

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Future Cars Will Communicate to Avoid Collisions

The recent First Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) conference in Sydney featured a demonstration of how the flocking technique could be used to control cars....

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Robo-Wheels Go Where Caterpillar Tracks Fear to Tread

Rescue robots could be more useful in snowy conditions thanks to an adjustable wheel that has been developed by researchers in Japan. A team led by Taro Iwamoto...

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Trust But Verify: Security Risks Abound in the It Supply Chain

There are substantial national security issues associated with the use of information technology (IT) products delivered via the global supply chain, including...

Helping Robots Get a Grip
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Helping Robots Get a Grip

Columbia University robotics researchers Peter Allan and Matei Ciocarlie have developed a new way to control a dexterous robotic hand. The researchers realized...

Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership
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Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership

A team of faculty from the Georgia Institute of Technology has formed a historic partnership with the Korean government, industry, and universities to develop a...

From ICT Results

Smart Clothes For Better Healthcare

Comfortable smart clothes that monitor the wearer’s heart, breathing and body temperature promise to revolutionise healthcare by reducing hospital visits and allowing...

When Robots Invaded the Senate
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When Robots Invaded the Senate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently held a luncheon briefing and open house for U.S. Senate members to demonstrate cyber-physical systems (CPS), an emerging...
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