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Eric Brewer: Change Agent
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Eric Brewer: Change Agent

Eric Brewer's latest project involves designing and deploying low-cost wireless infrastructure in developing regions.

Committed to Success
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Committed to Success

Charles P. Thacker talks about the importance of simplicity, reusable tools, thinking broadly, and his practice of Tom Sawyering.

Censored!
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Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.

Researchers Develop New Method For Mass-Producing Graphene
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Researchers Develop New Method For Mass-Producing Graphene

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a simple new method for producing large quantities of the promising nanomaterial graphene. The new...

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Liquid Crystals Light Way to Better Data Storage

As cell phones and computers continue to shrink, many companies are seeking better ways to store hundreds of gigabytes of data in small, low-power devices. A...

Flexible Touch Screen Made With Printed Graphene
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Flexible Touch Screen Made With Printed Graphene

Researchers at Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University have developed a graphene-based flexible touch screen that eventually could lead to transparent electronics. 

Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students
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Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students

Four unmanned autonomous vehicles designed and built by a team of engineering students at Virginia Tech are headed to Hawaii to participate in the 2010 Rim of...

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Diamond-Like Material Shows Superhard, Superconducting Potential

BC5, a diamond-like material with an extremely high boron content, offers exceptional hardness and resistance to fracture, but unlike diamond, it is a superconductor...

Inside the Military-Robotics Complex
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Inside the Military-Robotics Complex

Robots are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their variety and use is only growing.

Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics
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Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have applied the concept of self-healing materials to small-scale electronics. 

Nanotubes Give Batteries a Jolt
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Nanotubes Give Batteries a Jolt

Lithium-ion batteries with nanotube electrodes could go longer between charges.

Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips
From ICT Results

Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips

European researchers have developed breakthrough standards that will let microchip designers integrate more complex circuits more easily. It will mean a faster...

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Researchers Develop Ultra-Simple Method for Creating Nanoscale Gold Coatings

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an ultra-simple method for making layers of gold that measure only billionths of a meter thick,...

Behind the Scenes of Windows Phone 7
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Behind the Scenes of Windows Phone 7

The first Windows Phone 7 devices won't hit the market until the holidays. But in various conference rooms here on this Thursday in late May, it's already crunch...

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Imec Set to Take Transistors 'sub-Threshold'

IMEC wants to use silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region as a way to achieve ultra-low power operation, and envisions a future system-on-a-chip for biomedical...

How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize
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How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize

Imagine trying to program a virtual machine--a software instance that mimics all the characteristics of a physical computer--on a device with 2 kilobytes of RAM...

Microbarbershop Open For Business: To Cut a Single Hair
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Microbarbershop Open For Business: To Cut a Single Hair

A pea-sized microbarbershop able to cut a single hair, and the world's smallest chess board, were winners in this year's design contest for microelectromechanical...

Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer
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Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer

An international team of researchers has overcome a key stumbling block by using metal crystal to order the molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially...

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Gaming Chips Score in Data Centers

Computers based on the graphical processing unit chips that power today's computer games are increasingly being used in place of supercomputers for many technical...

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage
From ICT Results

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage

A new magnetic recording medium made up of tiny nanospheres has been devised by European researchers. The technology may lead to hard disks able to store more than...
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