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Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission...

Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies
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Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies

Congressional staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 20 were wondering why a robot was roaming the halls. Those who followed the robot were led to...

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Outstanding in Their Field Effect

Rice University researchers have developed thin films of nanotubes made with ink-jet printers that offer a new way to make field-effect transistors (FETs). 

Advances Made in Walking, Running Robots
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Advances Made in Walking, Running Robots

Oregon State University researchers say they have made a fundamental advance in robotics that could lead to robots that use little energy to walk and run effectively...

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China's Fastest Computer Developed in Tianjin

A supercomputer that runs at more than one quadrillion calculations per second in practical use has been developed in Tianjin, making it the fastest one in China...

Beyond the Smart Grid
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Beyond the Smart Grid

The electrical grid isn't the only utility acquiring intelligence, as water and gas meters throughout the U...

Robots Are the Key to Stopping the Oil Spill
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Robots Are the Key to Stopping the Oil Spill

At its greatest depths, the sea floor is a dark, tranquil, and foreboding place, beyond the reach of both sunlight and human divers. Yet the area around the Deepwater...

Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus
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Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus

University of Reading scientist Mark Gasson has deliberately infected himself with a computer virus in order to study the potential risks of implanting electronic...

The Doctor Is Out, but New Patient Monitoring and Robotics Technology Is In
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The Doctor Is Out, but New Patient Monitoring and Robotics Technology Is In

A new generation of medical devices using wireless communications, sophisticated software and data center-driven "cloud" computing promises to deliver health care...

Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power
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Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power

Silicon chips that are allowed to make mistakes could help ensure computers continue to get more powerful, say US researchers.

Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics
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Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics

Stanford University researchers have developed an onboard power source for paper transistors and paper displays.

Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps
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Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps

Georgia Tech Research Institute is designing, fabricating and testing planar ion traps that can be more readily combined into large, interconnected trap arrays....

Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs
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Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs

A working transistor that contains only seven atoms has been built by a team in Australia. The researchers, led by University of New South Wales professor Michelle...

Breaking the Logjam: Improving Data Download From Outer Space
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Breaking the Logjam: Improving Data Download From Outer Space

Space satellites face a data logjam because their increasingly powerful sensors produce more information than their bandwidth can easily transmit. Experiments indicate...

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Software Tool Helps Tap Into The Power Of Graphics Processing

A research team from North Carolina State University has developed software that could make it easier for traditional software programs to take advantage of powerful...

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Giving New Meaning to 'smart Car'

McMaster University computer and software engineers are studying how one IBM multicore processor can be used to connect a vehicle's automotive systems. 

Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates
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Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates

Illinois Institute of Technology will provide all incoming, first-year undergrads with Apple iPads as part of an initiative to integrate new technologies into the...

Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology
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Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a nanotech "microlens" that uses gold to boost the strength of infrared imaging and could lead...

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Nanotube Transistor Will Help US Bond With Machines

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a transistor, which they say could be a step toward making prosthetic devices that can be wired...

The Rover's All Right
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The Rover's All Right

Oregon State University students are building the Oregon State Wireless Active Learning Device, a remote-controlled Mars rover that features an extendable arm...
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