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Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design
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Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design

University of Tehran researchers Farnood Merrikh-Bayat and Saeed Bagheri have found that two memristors used in a series work more like a human brain using Hebbian...

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Nasa's Robot Rovers Keep on Rolling

Researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are working with robotics engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to prevent the space agency's...

Cycling Through Data
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Cycling Through Data

Sensor-equipped bicycles are providing valuable data to cyclists, city planners, and computer scientists.

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Hi-Tech Rechargeable Batteries Developed For Military

MIT scientists reported progress in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be...

Robots Learning From Experience
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Robots Learning From Experience

Software that enables robots to move objects about a room, building up ever-more knowledge about their environment, is an important step forward in artificial intelligence...

Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution
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Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution

Cornell University researchers have found that when the oxide compound europium titanate is sliced nanometers thin and stretched on a specially designed template...

Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records
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Virtual Router Smashes Speed Records

Software-driven networking will enable new Internet protocols.

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Scientists Hack Into Cars' Computers

It sounds like a Hollywood movie: cybercriminals in a van use a laptop to hack wirelessly into the computer-controlled systems of the car on the road ahead. In...

NSF Announces New Expeditions in Computing Awards
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NSF Announces New Expeditions in Computing Awards

Three new $10 million awards continue the NSF's Expeditions program pursuing ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing...

Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware
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Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware

Intel Corp. agreed to buy security-software specialist McAfee Inc. Thursday for $7.68 billion, a surprise transaction that underscores the company's determination...

The Future of Interfaces Is Mobile, Screen-Less and Invisible
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The Future of Interfaces Is Mobile, Screen-Less and Invisible

Google's Android developer advocate Reto Meier recently described where computer interfaces are headed, predicting that in five years there will be widely available...

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Dual-Core Smartphones on the Horizon

Smartphones with dual-core Arm processors could add faster processing, video capabilities.

A Surfboard Gets an Onboard Computer
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A Surfboard Gets an Onboard Computer

Computers are everywhere these days—even on surfboards. University of California, San Diego mechanical engineering undergraduates outfitted a surfboard with a...

Safe Travels
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Safe Travels

University of Texas at San Antonio researchers have developed SMall Aircraft Risk Technology (SMART), software that can run thousands of simulations on a given...

An Implantable Antenna
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An Implantable Antenna

A prototype silk biosensor could someday alert doctors to signs of disease.

How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?
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How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

Seven of the finest minds Intel can muster are lined up on stage, ready to take questions from a pack of visibly intimidated European journalists.

Finding Our Way with Digital Bread Crumbs
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Finding Our Way with Digital Bread Crumbs

A Microsoft research project explores whether sensors in mobile devices could help us navigate without GPS.

Researchers Develop Ultrahigh Energy Density Supercapacitors
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Researchers Develop Ultrahigh Energy Density Supercapacitors

A team of researchers from the United States and France have developed micro-supercapacitors with the potential to power nomad electronics, wireless sensor networks...

A New Kind of Microchip
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A New Kind of Microchip

A computer chip that performs calculations using probabilities, instead of binary logic, could accelerate everything from online banking systems to the flash memory...

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World Record Data Density for Ferroelectric Recording

Scientists in Japan have recorded data at a density of 4 trillion bits per square inch, a world record for the experimental "ferroelectric" data storage method....
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